Sugar-free can be easy and tasty with Swerve! Swerve is an erythritol sugar substitute that measures cup-for-cup like sugar and even can brown and caramelize. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that “is made by fermenting glucose with Moniliella pollinis (a natural microorganism found in honeycomb) which breaks down the glucose and yields erythritol.” It is naturally occurring in many fruits, veggies and fermented foods, and is unique in that it does not cause the gastric complaints that are common for sugar alcohols like xylitol and sorbitol. Swerve combines erythritol with oligosaccharides, which are sweet carbohydrates found in fruit that act as a prebiotic, increasing the population of good bacteria in the gut. The third and final ingredient is natural flavors which are derived from fruits and veggies.
With all the options for sugar substitutes available, why should you choose Swerve?
*A quick note about the Calories. Swerve has about 1 Calorie per teaspoon (3 Calories per Tablespoon) which qualifies for the “zero calorie” claim. If you use a cup of Swerve, that would be 51 Calories.
If you look closely at the label, even though the Calories are zero, there are 5 grams of carbohydrate per teaspoon. How does that work?
This is where Swerve really rises about the other sugar-free sweeteners. In a comparison to sugar and an artifical sweetener, the Glycemic Index Laboratories in Toronto, Canada found that Swerve is non-glycmemic and does not raise blood glucose even with its carbohydrate content. But what about insulin? Swerve had a very minimal impact on postprandial insulin levels and its impact was lower than that of the artificial sweetener and significantly less than sucrose (table sugar).
The original Granular Swerve is a great choice for mixing into drinks like iced tea or coffee and for baking. Since it measures just like sugar, there’s no crazy math or calculating when it comes time to bake.
I’m also very excited to announce that they now have their new Confectioners Style Swerve that can be used in place of powdered sugar. Now you can make sugar-free cupcakes with sugar-free frosting. Hooray!
Swerve has a whole archive of low- or no-sugar recipes that you can try, but remember that you can use Swerve just like sugar in all of your favorite recipes.