Lakanto and the keto diet are a match made in heaven. While trying to avoid carbohydrates on the keto diet, Lakanto can be the perfect substitute for sugar. All the better to fix those sweet cravings!
If you’re new to the keto diet, or the ketogenic diet, we have written about it in depth. The diet works in great combination with Intermittent Fasting. You can check out our research into both fasting and keto diet here.
Lakanto on the Keto Diet
I have been on the keto diet consistently over the past few years. The one thing that consistently catches me out are the sweet cravings after I’ve eaten certain meals. I’ve made an amazing coffee cream cheese cake that has been sweetened with Stevia.
But if you don’t like the taste of Stevia, which I didn’t for a while, then Lakanto may be just what you’ve been looking for.
So why does this matter? And how does Lakanto fit in to the keto approach to dieting?
A quick rundown of the keto diet
The keto diet is where you limit your consumption of carbohydrates to somewhere between 20-50 grams per day. This will depend on how strict you plan to follow the diet.
To replace the calories lost from carbohydrates, the idea is that you increase your fat intake. Ideally, you want to increase your polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, as these are the two healthiest types of fats for your body.
The reduction in carbohydrates and increased intake in fats will eventually lead your body to convert fuel sources. That is, it will begin using fats consumed and stored instead of glucose.
The process of using fats is handled by your liver, where it converts fats into ketones. Your body will then use these ketones as a fuel source. As a result, your body then enters a state of ketosis where it favors using ketones over glucose.
Glucose is a product of the body, produced by converting carbohydrates or excess proteins into energy. Your body will run on either glucose or ketones, but will always favor using glucose where possible.
The keto diet is designed to limit carbohydrate intake, encouraging your body to use ketones as its primary fuel source.
You can find a list of Vegan foods suitable for a ketogenic diet here.
What about Lakanto?
Lakanto is a type of sweetener that is derived from monk fruit that is naturally found in Southern China and Northern Thailand. It is a sweet fruit that can be processed into a number of different types of sweeteners.
Its most common form on the market is in a granular form of erythritol. But it can also be found as a liquid extract. Flavored variants are also starting to make an appearance on the market.
Lakanto has steadily grown in popularity in recent years as it was discovered to have great health benefits as a substitute for sugar. It has reported to posses anti-inflammatory properties, and it has also been assessed as safe in moderation for diabetics.
Lakanto also helps to promote weight loss as a sugar substitute.
Lanakto and keto diet, where’s the combination?
Lakanto and keto diet go hand-in-hand with one another.
Lanaknto is a sweetener that can be directly substituted in place of sugar. As erythritol, you can directly substitute sugar out and Lakanto in, 1 for 1. But the best part? One teaspoon contains approximately 4 carbohydrates, which is a fraction of the same volume in sugar.
This means you can create sweet, delicious foods but use a low-carbohydrate option. In turn, this makes Lakanto and the keto diet the perfect combination.
One of the hardest parts of staying on track with any diet is controlling your cravings. On the keto diet, controlling sweet cravings is even harder as you are avoiding all carbohydrates.
Thankfully, Lakanto can be your savior if you are struggling to control your cravings. Whatever your go-to sweet homemade treat is, you can substitute in Lakanto instead of sugar. Making things much easier to stick to, particularly on your keto diet with those cravings under control!
Do you have a delicious recipe that uses Lakanto? Share with us in the comments below what your cooking!