Yes! pure Splenda Natural is suitable for a ketogenic Diet, since it has no carbs.
What is Splenda Naturals?
The stevia sugar (lat. Stevia rebaudiana bertoni), originally comes from the heart of South America, namely from Paraguay. There, the Guaraní Indians used and still use it today as a natural remedy and as a natural sweetener for food, especially for Tereré (cold mate) and Mate (a type of green tea). Almost all parts of the plant taste sweet, but the so-called sweet glycosides are mainly found in the leaves of the stevia.
Stevia came to Europe during the Spanish colonization of South America in the 16th century and was scientifically studied by the Swiss botanist Moisés Bertoni at the end of the 19th century and named after him.
The sweet herb is virtually calorie- and carbohydrate-free and up to 300 times sweeter than conventional sugar. It is based on several glycoside compounds such as stevioside, steviolbioside, rebaudiosides A-E and dulcosides.
The leaves of Stevia are harvested, dried and then converted into either a liquid or powdered white sweetener before being sold.
Is Splenda Naturals good for a Keto Diet?
Yes, Stevia is basically suitable for a ketogenic diet. However, one should carefully differentiate between the many Stevia products on the market and make sure that the product is as natural as possible and contains pure Stevia. It is best to read the list of ingredients, as many Stevia products are mixed with other substances (for example dextrose and maltodextrin) to make the product cheaper. These cheaper products do not contain pure Stevia and are in no way keto-compliant.
Advantages of Splenda Naturals
Stevia may reduce blood sugar levels and hypertension or high blood pressure
The plant has a low glycemic index (GI) – in simple terms, this means that it does not cause insulin peaks and is therefore ideal as part of a ketogenic diet to better control your blood sugar level and therefore your blood ketone levels.
Compared to regular sugar, Stevia is better for oral health because it is antimicrobial and therefore – at least in the form of mouthwashes – causes less caries and other discomfort.
Some studies have shown that Stevia can reduce inflammation and have positive effects on the immune system.
The stevia plant is related to the marigold (lat. Calendula officinalis) and the mugwort (lat. Ambrosia artemisiifolia) and can also cause allergic reactions if there is an existing allergy to the two plants already mentioned. Stevia is practically calorie-free and healthier than normal sugar. However, you should not overdo it with the dosage and make sure that you do not ingest more than about 10 milligrams per kilo of body weight daily.