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What are the ingredients in ZenSweet?
There are three all natural ingredients in ZenSweet: erythritol, soluable prebiotic fiber, and monk fruit. Erythritol is a naturally occurring sweetener found in some foods, including pears, grapes, and watermelon. Inulin is a soluble, prebiotic fiber. Monk fruit is a small round green gourd grown in China and northern Thailand, and is 300 times sweeter than sugar.
- A Great-Tasting Natural Sweetener that measures like sugar
- Great for Reduced-Calorie and Sugar-Free Recipes
- Zero Calorie
- Zero Glycemic Impact
- Naturally Sweet
What is Monk Fruit?
Monk Fruit or Lo Han Guo, is a vine fruit grown on steep forested mountains in small family orchards in China and northern Thailand. Hand picked, juiced, and dehydrated at the peak of ripeness, Monk Fruit is 300 times sweeter than sugar. According to legend, Monk Fruit is named after the Buddhist monks who first cultivated it in the 13th century. Ever since, it has been treasured for its low-calorie sweetness, and health giving powers. Monk Fruit is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes and obesity. Monk Fruit is also called longevity fruit because the region where it is cultivated has the most centenarians (100 yr old plus individuals) per capita.
What is Erythritol?
Erythritol is a naturally occurring sweetener found in common foods such as fruit, vegetables, and fermented foods. Erythritol is derived from sugar using a natural fermentation process (with no sugar actually remaining). Erythritol is nature’s zero calorie sweetener, and is completely unlike other “artificial sweeteners” found in the market that are man-made synthetic chemical compounds created in a lab. Erythritol does not raise blood sugar and is considered safe for people with diabetes because it does not raise plasma glucose or insulin levels. Erythritol is resistant to metabolism by oral bacteria which break down sugars and starches to produce acids which may lead to tooth enamel loss and cavities formation. Erythritol therefore, unlike sugar, does not promote tooth decay.
What is Inulin?
Inulin is a soluble plant fiber that’s present in high amounts in the chicory plant, along with an estimated 36,000 other plants! Inulin — a type of fructan, oligofructose carbohydrate is considered a functional plant-based ingredient that effectively boosts digestion and other processes. Dietary fibers have been used for hundreds of years to improve bowel functions and gut health, curb appetite, and help maintain heart health, all completely naturally. Inulin is classified as a soluble fiber by the FDA and is digested much like other soluble fibers including beans, legumes, vegetables, and whole grains. Studies have shown that it is a prebiotic and supports the proliferation of good bacteria in the gut, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which in turn helps to maintain the immune system and good digestive health.
Can I cook and bake as usual with ZenSweet?
Yes. ZenSweet measures and tastes like sugar. You can use it in all your cooking and baking recipes in a 1:1 ratio. ZenSweet is a completely natural, zero glycemic, low calorie, healthy replacement for sugar. To replace brown sugar, we recommend adding 1 teaspoon molasses per cup of ZenSweet to create 1 cup of “brown sugar” substitute. For some inspiration, check out our recipe blog and also use ZenSweet as a cup for cup sugar replacement to create your own favorite recipes!
Is ZenSweet really low calorie?
Yes. ZenSweet is the only all natural, low calorie, zero glycemic sweetener available that measures and tastes like sugar. ZenSweet has approximately 0.34 calories per gram. FDA Food Labeling Regulations actually allow foods with under 5 calories per serving to be labeled as 0 calories. Therefore, many popular “zero” calorie sweeteners can contain up to 4 hidden calories per serving, but not ZenSweet. Below is a list of widely used sweeteners and calorie content:
64.0 calories per tbsp – Honey 60.0 calories per tbsp – Agave Nectar 53.0 calories per tbsp – High Fructose Corn Syrup 11.0 calories per tsp – Sugar 11.0 calories per tsp – Brown Sugar 4.0 calories per gm – Aspartame (Equal®) 4.0 calories per gm – Saccharin (Sweet’N Low®) 3.0 calories per gm – Sucrolose (Splenda®) 2.6 calories per gm – Sorbitol 2.4 calories per gm – Xylitol 2.1 calories per gm – Maltitol
0.34 calories per gm – ZenSweet
Are there any side effects from using ZenSweet?
No. The ingredients of ZenSweet, erythritol & inulin are completely safe and efficiently and effectively digested in the human body. Erythritol is a very small molecule and 90 percent is absorbed in the small intestine and for the most part excreted unchanged in the urine. The quality of easy digestion makes erythritol unique among the sugar alcohols. Inulin digests like other soluble fibers and can lead to a healthier digestive tract. Since inulin is not digested in the upper GI tract, and partially ferments in the lower GI tract, it promotes healthy intestinal bacteria in much the same way as natural fibers. If you feel mild digestive activity, it is your body processing healthy fiber.
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