When it comes to sweeteners while on a low carb diet there are two things that need to be taken into account:
- Carb content: ideally zero
- Glycemic Index (how quickly/how much your blood sugar level and insulin increase after consumption of food): ideally zero
- Glycemic Index: 0
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Calories: 0
- Sweetness: x650 sugar
- Aftertaste: none
- Counter effects: none
- Health risks: none (read more on the NHS)
Maltodextrin ruins the aforementioned good quality of sucralose ticking these boxes:
- Carbohydrates: 94g per 100g (it basically IS carbs)
- Glycemic Index: 105. (Pure Glucose is 100, sugar merely 65. This SPIKES blood sugar and insulin which, when present, inhibits ketones, so break ketosis.)
The Liquid version is still incredibly sweet and comes with a drops counter cause you will literally just use 2/4 drops to sweeten a huge cup of tea for instance.
The powdered version is the pure thing but because of that it might be harder to use and dose: it will always be too much. You’d need a scale for micrograms to use it, even when you bake and use the equivalent of cups of sugar. However it comes in 100g pouches which are much more than the equivalent for the liquid version, for an even cheaper price.
100ml of Liquid Sucralose are as sweet as 3g of the pure sucralose powder!which suddenly makes the powdered version the best deal. However the trick about dosage remain but here’s the point of this entire post: WE CAN MAKE LIQUID SUCRALOSE FROM POWDER OURSELVES!
You will need
- a Pyrex-like jug that can fit comfortably 100ml and allow you room to stir. (this is the one I use)
- a micro funnel (like the ones for travel size perfumes)
- a spoon
- a kitchen scale (I tried a few and this is the most precise I’ve had so far)
- 100ml boiling water
- 3g pure sucralose powder
- a glass 100ml bottle with a dropper pipette (anything that looks like this basically, but needs to be glass or the boiling water will melt it)
- Measure 3g of sucralose in the jug.
- Pour 100ml boiling water and stir until the sucralose powder dissolves completely.
- Transfer onto glass bottle and store in your cupboard
1 teaspoon sugar = 3/4 drops liquid sucralose
Since most of my recipes you’ll see call for liquid sucralose I thought this could be useful, and maybe a good keto=hack trick in general. Let me know how you get along with your sucralose making :)