This review represents my my own unbiased opinion, I have not been paid for this post and I purchased this product myself.
In an ideal world I would only eat real food, mostly meat and other animal products with a little dairy thrown in.
But this is not an ideal world and I am not a perfect person. I’m 4 months post partum, breastfeeding and sometimes I crave me a sweet treat. In my view these artificial sweeteners are a tool to keep you on track with your ketogenic diet when the cravings are threatening to throw you off course. Did I mix enough metaphors for you there?
My usual sweetener of choice for my keto recipes is the Natvia brand that’s readily available in Coles and Woolworths. It’s a blend of erythritol and stevia but really it’s 99% erythritol. At $14.95 for 600g though it is a little pricey. When I saw that Naturally Sweet had a 2.5kg bulk bag of erythritol for $35.50 I couldn’t resist giving it a try. I have been buying their Water Drops for a while (Peach Mango is the bomb) and love them so I had high hopes.
What is erythritol anyway?
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol which tastes 70% as sweet as sugar but contains almost zero calories. It has a low glycemic index which means it shouldn’t spike your blood sugar. I’ve tested my blood sugar after eating it and it doesn’t seem to have any effect on me. It’s derived from plant sources and very safe to consume – I had it all throughout my pregnancy. Some people notice some bloating, wind, cramps or diarrhoea after consuming erythritol – so if you’ve never had it before then tread carefully until you know how it affects you. Personally I’ve never had this issue, although I do with other sugar alcohols like maltitol.
This product is certified non-GMO, made in China and packaged in Australia. It contains 100% pure erythritol. The product resembles granulated sugar.
In my experience, there is always some aftertaste with erythritol – it’s hard to explain but it’s like a cooling sensation in the mouth. This Naturally Sweet erythritol has a much stronger aftertaste than Natvia and when I used it for my crumble topping it was a bit overwhelming. Interestingly though on the second night the aftertaste wasn’t so bad, I’m not sure why.
I’ve used this really successfully for recipes that didn’t need too much sweetener, like this blueberry & walnut pound cake. You can find the recipe here at Keto Connect and I’ve posted the video at the bottom of this post. The blueberries add some sweetness which means less sweetener is required for the recipe. Also adding a generous pinch of salt to your recipe seems to tone down the aftertaste somewhat.
I’ll definitely finish the packet but to be honest I’ll be going back to Natvia again once it’s gone.
Rating – 6/10