Despite the fact that we’ve covered erythritol fairly expensively up to this point, we feel the need to do a deep dive as we sometimes do. A fair bit of our blog readers and customers have been inquiring about erythritol, the side effects, and whether or not it’s really worth the its weight in gold when it comes to dieting – Especially Keto dieting plans. While it may not be crystal clear at first glance, Vaxxen is prepared to say that erythritol is not bad for you. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s GOOD for you either. Confused yet?
Erythritol Isn’t Good?
Let’s not mince words here. Erythritol is nothing. It doesn’t provide you with any sustenance. You get no nutritional value from it. It isn’t going to help you lift more weights in the gym. It isn’t going to help you sleep better at night or have more energy during the day time. Erythritol won’t even curb your appetite or quench your thirst!
Despite all that, erythritol isn’t bad for you either. It’s not going to make you gain weight . It’s not going to cause problems internally or effect your blood pressure. Your blood sugar levels will continue on unaffected . You won’t feel tired and it isn’t going to negatively affect your psyche.
Erythritol simply… is. It is an organic sweetener processed around the country that we can use to make our foods taste better. As a food additive sugar alcohol, erythritol is a solid way for even the strictest KETO diet followers to “cheat” and get some enjoyment out of a meal. Feel free to use erythritol as a loophole to find a way to sweeten your foods without shooting unnecessary holes in your diet plan and regimen.
We Use Erythritol!
Full disclosure here: Erythritol is an ingredient in our popular KETO-1 supplement! I promise you that we wouldn’t be using it if it wasn’t safe for human consumption. Erythritol and keto diets go hand in hand. Stop fueling your body with sugar and carbs and experience a more natural and efficient energy source with KETO-1! The erythritol helps us achieve that amazing sour apple taste without adding calories or sugars to your diet. Shameless plug here but KETO-1 allows you to skip the sugar and opt for an energy supplement made from pure BHB salts and a healthy dose of caffeine. Enjoy the benefits of ketosis whether your diet includes carbohydrates or not!
Side Effects of Erythritol
Hopefully we made it clear that there are no real negative side effects leading to erythritol being “bad” for you. That being said, there are still some side effects that you need to be aware of. We’ve covered them before, here, but it’s definitely worth revisiting.
What you need to understand is that the only way erythritol is bad for you is if you’re either allergic or you’re going to abuse it. Too much of a good thing is often a bad thing and that same mantra applies to erythritol supplementation. You can have some discomforting gas if you overdo it with the sugar substitutes! Too much can make you feel nauseous so don’t go crazy now that you have found something perfect for your KETO diet !
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