Using Sweeteners on the Ketogenic Diet

Refined sugar should not be used as part of a ketogenic diet. Some sweeteners can be used as an alternative option to sugar as part of a ketogenic diet, as they do not affect blood glucose or ketone levels. Other sweeteners should not be routinely used as part of a ketogenic diet.

Please see a list of sweeteners below:

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Acesulfame potassium (acesulfame K, or ace K)
Allulose Aspartame
Cyclamate (sodium cyclamate)
D−tagatose Erythritol
Monk fruit sweetener (luo han guo)
Polydextrose Saccharin Stevia
Steviol glycosides Sucralose

These sweeteners CAN be used as part of a ketogenic diet

Proceed with caution!

Glycerol (glycerin or glycerine)
Isomalt
Lactitol
Mannitol
Xylitol

Discuss with your dietitian whether these sweeteners are suitable for you or your child

Stop!

Corn sugar (corn sweetener, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup)
Dextrose
Fructose
Glucose
Honey
Hydrogenated glycose syrup

Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates (HSH) Invert syrup
Lactose
Maltodextrin
Maltitol
Maltitol syrup
Maltose
(maltobiose or malt sugar)
Molasses
Polyglycitol syrup
Sorbitol
Sucrose
Xylose

These sweeteners are best avoided as part of a ketogenic diet

We recommend that you avoid overuse of any sweetener, as they can sometimes cause stomach upset and may encourage a taste for sweet food and drink. Start with no more than 1 teaspoon (5g) a day. Please be cautious when introducing products that contain sweeteners and monitor ketones.

Remember:  ‘sugar−free’  does not necessarily mean  ‘carbohydrate−free’.  Always read the label carefully or check with your dietitian!

A selection of sweeteners and products containing sweeteners, which are suitable to use as part of a ketogenic diet, are listed below:

Product name and ingredients Product picture
Truvia Pouch and Truvia Spoonable
Contains: stevia glycosides, erythritol and natural flavourings
Hermesetas Liquid
Contains: demineralised water, sodium cyclamate, sodium saccharin and sorbic acid

Hermesetas  Mini Sweeteners
Contains: sodium saccharin, sucralose and L− LeucineWhole Earth Sweetener Co. Stevia Leaf and Monk Fruit Sweetener
Contains: erythritol, stevia leaf extract, monk fruit extract and natural flavourings

Whole Earth Sweetener Co. Sweet Mini Cubes with Stevia
Contains: erythritol, steviol glycosides and natural flavouringsSweetex tablets
Contains: sodium saccharin, silicon dioxide and magnesium stearatePureVia 100% Erythritol
Contains: erythritol

PureVia Stevia Leaf
Contains: erythritol, steviol glycosides, natural flavouringsStevia Sweet crystal
Contains: erythritol, steviol glycosides and natural flavourings

Canderel sugarly granulated sweetener
Contains: erythritol, aspartame and acesulfame−K

Natvia granulated sweetener
Contains: erythritol and steviol glycosidesTotal Sweet xylitol
Contains: xylitolModern Nature Liquid Stevia drops
Contains: water, steviol glycosides, natural flavour, potassium sorbateNatvia Icing Mix
Contains: erythritol, organic steviol glycosidesHoosier Hill Farm granulated erythritol sweetener
Contains: erythritolSukrin:1
Contains: erythritol, steviol glycosides

Sukrin Gold
Contains: erythritol, steviol gylcosides (stevia), glycerin, malt extract and D−tagatose

DaVinci Sugar Free Syrups

Caramel and vanilla flavour syrups
contain; water, natural and artificial flavour, cellulose gum, sucralose, sodium benzoate, citric acid, caramel colour

Walden Farms Near Zero Syrups

Chocolate flavour syrup
contains; triple filtered purified water, defatted cocoa powder (6%), vegetable fibre, caramel colour, cellulose gel, chocolate flavour, salt, sodium acid sulphate, xanthan gum, natural flavours, coffee flavour, sucralose, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate

Yummy & Fit Zero syrups
Strawberry flavour syrup contains:
Water, cellulose gum, xantham gum, anthocyanins, flavours, citric acid, sucralose, steviol glycosides, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoateThe Protein Works Zero Syrups
Blueberry flavour syrup contains: water, carboxyl methyl cellulose, xanthan gum, flavouring, salt, lactic acid, colour (E150(C)), sucralose, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate

 

Caution! Some products may contain a mix of sugar and sweetener. Product ingredients may change or differ between flavours. Always read the label!

Thank you to Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, and Derek Clarke from Nutricia Limited, for their contribution to this resource in collaboration with the Ketogenic Dietitians Research Network.

Version 1.0 Date: 03ƒ07ƒ2020

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