August 10, 2009

Sweet Dreams Come True

For many years I have had to eat sugar-free to regain my health. Most people think eating sugar-free means that they can eat cookies on special occasions and parties, but not for me. Almost four years ago, I learned the hard way after making sugar cookies for my son's party and I tasted just one sugar cookie. It made me very sick. I had not eaten sugar or many carbs for about 4 years before that. My doctor said it was like adding fuel to the fire.

There was a huge learning curve becoming sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free, but I kept persevering almost in some sort of conquest to conquer this mountain in my life.
I began learning to bake with vegetable glycerine, since it did not feed yeast. Next came stevia which I had to conquer. I tossed out many failed recipes. Somehow I knew that there would come a day that we would find an answer to the sugar blues and thankfully my dream has now come true with the addition of The Body Ecology Diet's, Lakanto.

According to The Body Ecology site:

What Is Lakanto Made From?

The two natural ingredients in Lakanto are Non-GMO erythritol and the supersweet extract of the luo han guo fruit

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol naturally found in grapes, pears, mushrooms, soy sauce, cheese, wine and beer, so it and has been part of the human diet for thousands of years.

You may be familiar with other sugar alcohols like xylitol, sorbitol, and malitol used in sugar-free candies and chewing gum. But erythritol is different and much better than these other sugar alcohols because it is FERMENTED. Yes, it is made by fermenting the sugar in corn.

Many people have trouble with foods sweetened with sugar alcohols. Diarrhea and gas and bloating are frequent complaints. But Lakanto does not cause diarrhea, gas and bloating. We believe it may be because Lakanto is made by fermentation while the other sugar alcohols are made from hydrogenation.

The exotic and rare luo han guo fruit grows in the mountains of China. People there have used it for years as a sweetener and folk remedy for coughs, fevers, phlegm, and digestive distress. The extract of the luo han guo fruit is 300 times sweeter than sugar, with virtually no calories, and is one of the key "secrets" that makes Lakanto THE ideal natural sweetener!

I bought my first bag last year when it came out and I tried it with the recommended 1:1 ratio to replace sugar. I was disappointed and felt I had wasted my money, but then this Spring after baking with agave nectar and knowing it was not going to help yeast issues, I decided I had to try the Lakanto again. I am so glad that I did. Now I had many recipes that were made with agave nectar in small quantities, so why not try the Lakanto in the same quantities?

YES! It worked very well! I have spent the last several months testing this product in my kitchen and more importantly my body. I am so pleased to share this with my friends and will be posting some of my adapted recipes very soon. Sweet dreams do come true.


  1. I am so happy you found this! And so happy for you. I can't wait to see the recipes.

    I started to read The Body Ecology Diet once and didn't. Maybe I should go back to it.

  2. Great post Debbie. Thanks for sharing the information. I hope to try this soon.

    Quick question, when you had to eliminate sugar from your diet, did that include all fruits too?

  3. Cathy - I think we can learn from many sources and usually find a few suggestions that I can use in my diet. I just want to be careful about eliminating foods that have benefits. I like adding the fermented foods to repopulate the gut.

    Heather - I hope you get to try it soon.

    Yes, I had to eliminate fruits from my diet with the exception of lemons and sometimes I could eat granny smith apples. Probably most people can get through the elimination of fruits faster than I, but with the high doses of steriods that I took, it was difficult.

  4. Just discovered your site. Enjoy it. I was so glad to see that you are using Lakanto and that you are familiar with Body Egology. I too use some of her products. Lankanto is my favorite. I use it in everything that calls for sugar in all my gluten free baking as well as liquid Stevia. Looking forward to getting to know you through your blog. GF Grannie

  5. Hi GF Grannie,

    I would love to get to know you better, too. Thanks for coming over for a visit! Lakanto is wonderful and I don't know of anyone else using it so it's good to hear that you like it, too.

  6. Please continue using Agave in your recipes. I can't eat this stuff. It makes me very sick. Please continue to show me how to use AGAVE in your recipes. It is very hard to find any of the types of recipes you post using AGAVE and being DAIRY and GLUTEN FREE- anywhere on the net!!!
    They are great! Thank you.
    Love in Christ,
    on You Tube
    " dcravey1 "

  7. Hi Anonymous,
    I am really glad you enjoy my recipes. Agave is too sweet for me, but if I use honey in a recipe it would be very easy to substitute with agave. I hope that helps.



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