The Best Sweetener for Diabetes and Candida
We hear from many of you every week seeking help on how to manage the symptoms of Candida and Diabetes particularly when it comes to what is ok to eat.
Here at MGO we LOVE using alternative natural sweeteners but in particular Lakanto or Monk Fruit which it often goes by.
Lakanto was originally brought to our attention by Donna Gates who founded the Body Ecology Diet. Donna swears by the use of Lakanto where a sweetener is needed because it doesn't feed harmful yeast, fungi or bacteria AND it doesn't impact blood sugar levels.
We trust Donna inherently as it was the Body Ecology diet Warren and I used to combat our own Candida crisis's successfully.
Interestingly the Japanese Ministry of Health is light years ahead of Australia and the USA in that it actually recommends the public use Lakanto to reduce the rates of obesity, diabetes and blood sugar problems in it's communities. Pretty awesome.
So what is Lakanto- It's a blend of the sweet fruit extract from the Chinese luo han guo fruit and erythritol (a non digestable sugar alcohol made by fermenting the sugar in non-genetically modified corn).
Luo Han Guo is a rare perennial plant cultivated only in the uplands of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China. It has been used for thousands of years as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments and is known worldwide for its intense, non-caloric sweetness. The sweet components, triterpene glycoside, is 300 times sweeter than sugar and is classified as a dietary fiber since it is not absorbed by the body.
The Chinese have been using it as a medicinal herb for centuries to treat coughs, sore throats and has calming and cooling qualities.
Lakanto has natural anti inflammatory, antioxidant and antihistamine properties which make it an extra wise choice for everyone to use especially where autoimmune health concerns are present including histamine reactions, candida and rheumatoid arthritis. As it is not metabolised or fermented in the small intestines this makes it also SIBO freindly.
Here is a graph demonstrating the negligible affects on insulin in the body-
I think it's also important to note that if you're someone who hates the taste of Stevia and it's bitter notes, Lakanto has none of that. It really does taste rather like sugar and you use it in exactly the same way.
Can you imagine being able to make triple chocolate brownies without using ANY sugar at all? Check out Crosby Tailor's recipes for inspiration and then try making his Lakanto brownies below.
Lakanto isn't the cheapest or easiest of sweeteners to access. We import ours via iHerb as it still seems to be the best value. Another Aussie supplier is Nourishing Ecology and also Shoku Iku offers the extract for sale.
It's not organic but Saraya (the manufacturer) do promise they don't use any harmful solvents or chemicals in the making of the extract.
Is it a great option to use when making sweet snacks, smoothies or treats of any sort? YES!
You'll find Lakanto used in several of our snacks and smoothies on the menu because caring about your gut health is incredibly important to us.