Candida Diet Sweetener Monk Fruit – Better Than Erythritol?
Finally a sweetener that doesn’t have a strong aftertaste like Stevia does.
Could this be the answer to your silent prayers of getting your cravings for sweets satisfied without making your Candida symptoms worse? Let’s look at how this new Candida diet sweetener Monk fruit compares to the traditional sweeteners used in the race to beat Candida:
Monk fruit versus Stevia – what’s the difference?
Monk fruit, also called Lo Han looks like a mini green melon or a mandarin size gooseberry. The sweetener is 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar so you really only need a tiny amount of it.
Monk fruit with its fruity flavour has a very subtle sweetness to it which makes it the ideal Candida diet sweetener for baked goods and even teas, and with zero calories it is a great sugar substitute for Diabetics and Candida sufferers alike. Originally the fruits were dried and used as medicinal teas in Asia.
Stevia on the other hand has been regarded as the number 1 Candida diet sweetener because of its naturally sweet taste. It also has zero calories and therefore does not not feed Candida. But at the same time it also has an unusual somewhat bitter taste that a lot of people dislike.
Monk fruit versus Xylitol/ Erythritol
Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar. It is made from the bark of the Birch tree is poisonous to dogs (no joke!) and can cause digestive upsets like bloating or have a laxative effect in sensitive individuals due to the alcohol sugars it contains. I believe Xylitol still contains a small amount of carbs as well which can feed Candida. So as far as sugar alternatives go Monk fruit makes the better Candida diet choice.
Watch out for hidden sugars!
To cut down on production costs monk fruit sweetener often gets blended with Erythritol, dextrose or other sugar substitutes. Always be sure to read the ingredients on the back, because even if the big label on the front just says ‘Monk fruit’ that does not necessarily mean that there’s only Monk fruit in there!
Monk fruit sweetener side effects
Sensitive individuals can react to the inulin in the fruit. This is a soluble fibre also called prebiotic. It feeds bacteria in your gut. So if you have Candida well and truly under control and are taking probiotics foods containing prebiotics actually feed the probiotics and strengthen your gut flora. If on the other hand you have an overgrowth of the harmful bacteria in your gut than prebiotics will feed those. This might cause you to feel bloated, gassy or cranky. For some people this happens when they eat large amounts of this type of fibre. For others, who have possibly already been diagnosed with a FODMAP intolerance or SIBO this could already show up by ingesting even a small amount.
What’s my take?
Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to try Monk fruit sweetener yet because at the time when I heard about the sweetener – about a couple of years ago – you couldn’t get it in the UK. Some of my Candida diet savvy friends in the US have tried it though and they have given it their thumbs up. I just double-checked again on Amazon out of curiosity and found Monkfruit sweetener under a different name, under Lo Han sweetener here.
This would be a pure monk fruit sweetener alternative if you are living in the States.
I’ve always been a firm believer in keeping things as simple and pure as possible. For me that meant staying away from all sweeteners – natural or artificial – for many weeks on the Candida diet, and even then only using it sparingly for special occasions. That way you don’t encourage a sweet tooth which makes it twice as likely to give into other sweet foods that inevitably do feed Candida even if the sweetener itself doesn’t. But seeing a new natural Candida diet sweetener on the block is exciting to me. The more options, the better, right!
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