Natural Zero-Calorie Sweeteners 101: Stevia, Monk Fruit, Erythritol, Allulose & Beyond
There are lots of natural sweeteners out there with zero calories these days! They're the type of sweeteners we currently call for in Hungry Girl recipes, and they come in sooo many forms and types. Here’s everything you need to know…
First Things First: About Artificial Sweeteners
Some common calorie-free sweeteners include sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda), aspartame (a.k.a. Equal and NutraSweet), and saccharin (Sweet'N Low) — these are not the types of products we're talking about today. Some people avoid these sweeteners, and others are fans. We're not here to judge — it’s a personal choice. If you’re interested in learning more about natural no-calorie sweeteners, keep reading…
Brands we love: Truvia and Stevia in the Raw, but there are many other good ones out there!
Brand we love: Lakanto — an excellent brand to know if you're a low-sugar baker. Stock up on alternatives to white, raw cane, brown, and confectioners/powdered sugars, in addition to syrups, extracts, and other good stuff.
Brand we love: Swerve — also great for low-sugar bakers! Find swaps for regular sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar… They also have great baking mixes.
Brand we love: Wholesome, which has granulated versions as well as syrups and baking mixes. P.S. One of our favorite brands is coming out with a line of allulose sweeteners soon… Stay tuned to your daily emails for more!
Prefer to use sugar in Hungry Girl recipes that call for no-calorie sweetener? Here’s how…
For each no-calorie sweetener packet called for in a recipe... You'll need two packets (or about 2 tsp.) of sugar. For each packet you swap out, you'll add about 35 calories and 8.5 grams of sugar to the recipe.
When it comes to recipes that call for spoonable calorie-free sweetener… First, check if it’s TWICE as sweet as sweetener or cup-for-cup. For each tablespoon of sugar you use in its place, you're adding around 50 calories and 12.5 grams of sugar.
Use these formulas in reverse to convert recipes with sugar to no-cal-sweetener recipes!
HG FYI: While some calorie-free sweeteners are natural, everybody is different. You may find you are sensitive to a particular sweetener but not to others. Choose whatever option works best for you!
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