If you’re like me, you’re constantly looking for a sugar replacement that doesn’t have an after taste, won’t spike your blood sugar and isn’t on any list that indicates it’s possibly harmful. I was saddened when the Center for Science in the Public Interest decided that Splenda might not be good for us, but pleased when I heard about Swerve, an all-natural sweetener.
This article does a good job of explaining what is in Swerve and gives us insight into whether or not it’s as good as they say. Swerve is mostly made from erythritol, which is derived from plants but does not contain synthetic chemicals, aspartame or GMOs. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol and we all know what sugar alcohols can do to us if we consume too much: bloating, headaches and diarrhea. However, the company that makes Swerve says that erythritol is less likely than other sugar alcohols to cause these side effects. It is also non-glycemic and non-carcinogenic. Sugar alcohols are not absorbed by the body and, therefore, have minimal nutritional value.
“Swerve also contains oligosaccharides, which the company says are 'non-digestible carbohydrates extracted from fruit and vegetable sources.'” It contains “natural flavors” that are derived from fruits and vegetables, but are created in a lab, nonetheless. Swerve is made from the natural forms of each of its ingredients and may be a safe and tasty alternative to sugar for those of us who have diabetes. I plan to try it in moderation, how about you?