What are the best artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes for a ketogenic diet?

By Dr. Stephen Phinney and the Virta Team

Xylitol is among the better choices because it is a dental protectant, and because it provides usable energy. And the sweetness does not linger 5-10 minutes later. And of course, xylitol has much less negative GI effects on most people compared to the other sugar alcohols.

The following videos may help clarify this issue.

Dr. Stephen Phinney on artificial sweeteners

Dr. Stephen Phinney on sugar alcohols

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    I like a little sweetenest in my coffee in the morning. And I now mix in whipping cream instead of half-and-half. What is Virta’s opinion of Monk Fruit with erythritol (manufactured by Lakanto) as a sweetener?


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      That can be well tolerated when used in small amounts and doesn’t have the added concern of toxicity to cats and dogs.


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