Not all sweeteners are created equal
It is possible to have your dessert and be healthy too! In our humble opinion, the better the ingredients, the better the end result, from both a taste and a health perspective. At Sugar Free Please! we have worked hard to find the perfect combination of various sweeteners and flours, using them synergistically to nurture the body and produce an expected, familiar sweetness in our baked and dehydrated goods. Except xylitol, our sweeteners have a glycemic index rating of 0 or 1. Our gluten free flours don't convert to sugar. Rather than trading starchy wheat, oat, barley, etc flours for other starchy tapioca, cornstarch, rice or potato flours, Sugar Free Please! chooses only high fibre, high protein replacements. Every recipe has been developed to stabilize blood sugar levels in order to support and enhance health.
Here's a list of some of the cornerstones of Sugar Free Pleases' baking:
Lo Han Guo: also known as Monk Fruit, is a super sweet fruit used in Chinese medicine. Approximately 350 times sweeter than sugar, it is anti-inflammatory and very high in antioxidants called mogrisides. It is these antioxidants, not sugars that sweeten lo han guo. They make it a mighty, well documented warrior against free radicals, cancer and many other diseases. Ironically, many commonly used sugars cause cancer.
Erythritol: Sugar Free Please! uses only nonGMO erythritol. Arguably the best sugar alcohol, it doesn't feed Candida or raise blood sugar levels and it's an antioxidant with cooling properties. Erythritol passes through the body, mostly without being metabolized, making it easier on the digestive system than other sugar alcohols.
Stevia: By now we all know stevia is an alternative to conventional sweeteners. Did you also know stevia has been shown to lower blood glucose and insulin levels in diabetics as well as lowering blood pressure? Stevia is expensive in its purest form. Therefor most is cut with carbohydrate-laden additives and/or other sugars. SFP uses pure stevia powder and alcohol free liquid stevia preparations.
Inulin: So good for your digestive system; inulin ferments quickly, so feeds your healthy microflora. Very high in soluble fibre , inulin is a great aid against constipation. As well, all that fibre is bulky and imparts a great feeling of satiety, unlike traditional sugars which often leave us wanting more. A highly efficient cleanser, as inulin passes through the digestive system, it sweeps out toxins, fat, waste and cholesterol particles. Your heart, digestive and immune systems will thank you for indulging in this awesome sweetness. Another inulin bonus: it helps our bodies absorb calcium.
Yacon: Another prebiotic superfood (feeds good bacteria) with a very low glycemic index (1). Double blind studies have shown that yacon reduced waist size, caused "significant" weight loss and insulin resistance. It is a potent tool in warding off osteoporosis as it helps increase absorption of minerals like magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. Yacon is very helpful for increasing testosterone levels and promotes increased transit through the body. It is another cancer-preventative sweetener.
Xylitol: A little higher on the glycemic index than Sugar Free Please' other sweeteners (our particular brand has a GI of 7), we use this one sparingly. SFP chooses xylitol derived from birch, not corn, as its quality is considerably higher. Xylitol is recommended by experts as a sweetener for those fighting Candida because its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties are well documented. There is no appreciable rise in blood glucose or insulin levels after eating xylitol, although some people experience gas. In the very small amounts we use, we've not had anyone express discomfort from it.