Artificial Sweeteners

Today’s brief topic: Artificial Sweeteners. The basic idea behind ETL is that if we stick with whole food, plant based food and beverage choices, we can’t go wrong. That’s easier said than done in some cases, especially when first starting out on the ETL journey. How does ETL apply to sweeteners? I know first hand that on, rare occasion, a date paste, dried monk fruit, or prune puree isn’t going to deliver the desired sweet taste and/or texture in certain foods and beverages. And for those of us trying to lose weight, a zero calorie alternative sweetener that is safe for consumption and ETL is kind of like a dream come true. With refined sugar off the table, what is the next best thing to use when needing that good, old fashioned sugar taste and mouth feel, every now and again, without harming our bodies and staying within the ETL boundaries?


Erythritol is a polyol (sugar alcohol) and is used as a bulk sweetener in reduced calorie foods. It occurs naturally in fruits such as pears, melons and grapes, as well as foods such as mushrooms and fermentation-derived foods such as wine, soy sauce and cheese.

This is a great four minute video by Dr. Michael Greger, MD explaining the differences of each of the big name artificial sweeteners and whether or not they cause the human body harm: ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. It’s an eye-opening, four minute bit of information that you will start putting to use immediately. Learn, enjoy, and love yourself.