Break Up with Sugar for Good

January 20, 2017
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

The healthy sweetener that makes saying goodbye easy.

If you really want to kick the sugar habit, then search no more because Lakanto looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, bakes like sugar and can be used in a one-to-one ratio to replace sugar. Considered by many to be both the best-tasting and healthiest sugar substitute on the planet, Lakanto is a combination of non-GMO erythritol, and Chinese monkfruit (luo han guo) long touted as the “longevity fruit.”

Erythritol is a corn-derived fermented sugar alcohol. Monkfruit is a naturally sweet fruit that is 300 times sweeter than sugar itself. Lakanto contains zero calories, zero additives, and scores zero on the glycemic index. Since your body metabolizes monk fruit differently, it will not raise your insulin level and is perfectly safe for diabetics. This super healthy sweetener is great for baking and tastes a bit like maple syrup. It is also perfect for adding to teas and smoothies. Lakanto has even been shown to prevent tooth decay! How great is that?

So Long, Sugar

With Lakanto on your team, ending your relationship with sugar for good is easy. This means limiting all sources of natural sugars from fruit—especially fructose. That’s why two servings of fruit per day is my recommendation on my Fat Flush program. Even natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and brown rice syrup can play havoc with blood sugar.

A Weekend Treat

Below is a delicious recipe for a weekend morning from The New Fat Flush Plan that uses Lakanto. Do share your photos of your breakfast feast on our Fat Flush Nation community on Facebook!

Oatmeal Banana Waffle
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups water
1 banana
¼ teaspoon Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon sea salt

• Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.
• combine all ingredients in blender.
• Blend until smooth.
• Pour batter into waffle iron.
• cook according to manufacturer’s directions and enjoy with your
favorite syrup or fresh fruit.

Makes 2–3 servings.

You’re going to love Lakanto—and so will your waistline!

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Kerry

    So, are you recommending Lakanto over Stevia, now?

    • Team ALG

      ALG recommends both in her New Fat Flush Plan. Lakanto is more suitable for baking since it bakes and tastes like sugar – with no aftertaste.

  2. Rebecca

    I am a longtime follower and fat flusher! I am anxious to try Lakanto but can’t find it locally here in Brooklyn.
    Any suggestions?? And thank you so much for all of your inspired work:))

  3. Adriane

    Are you aware that erythritol has been shown to be an insecticide that killed fruit flies? I don’t think anything that kills fruit flies would be good for our health, despite the fact that it received GRAS status from the FDA. The FDA also permits aspartame, splenda, and other artificial sweeteners in our foods. I’m not ready to jump on the erythritol train just yet. Here’s the study

    Do you still recommend xylitol if sourced from birch trees?

    • Team ALG

      Adriane: We will get back to you about the insecticide study. Many of ALG’s followers cannot tolerate xylitol – even sourced from birch trees as she recommends in her Get the Sugar Out — and so this product is a more acceptable substitute.

  4. Gisela

    Erythritol is a corn-derived fermented alcohol….and therefore GMO-contaminated, even if corn is organic. I prefer raw honey or maple syrup

  5. Team ALG

    Thank you for your comments. ALG is endorsing Lakanto for those who need a product which cooks, tastes, and browns like sugar- with no aftertaste like Stevia – for those who cannot tolerate high fructose honey or maple syrup. We will have a response for you from the company on the other concerns expressed here. Hang tight and thanks for your patience.

  6. Laurie Ansberry

    Fascinating! Thank you for sharing? Question: I am currently on a candida cleanse, and using Y-C Cleanse and Flora Key, oil of oregano, Pau ‘D Arco, etc. Also following the diet as strictly as I can. Is this sweetener okay for that? I am currently using only stevia.
    Thanks again,

    Laurie A

  7. Team ALG

    Laura: Lakanto is OK with a yeast cleanse of any kind 🙂

  8. Team ALG

    Team ALG here: Thank you for your patience! Below is the response from Lakanto ( We hope this addresses your concerns!

    Erythritol also naturally occurs in many fruits and vegetables like melons, grapes, asparagus as well as fermented foods. It is classified by the FDA as a zero calorie, 4-carbon sugar alcohol that does not affect blood glucose. Erythritol has the status of generally recognized as safe (GRAS) from the FDA and is widely used in many other countries like Japan, the European Union, Mexico and Canada.
    Lakanto uses Non-GMO Verified erythritol that comes from Non-GMO corn. Erythritol also naturally occurs in asparagus, melons, grapes and many other common fruits and vegetables.
    Regarding the claim that Erythritol is an insecticide:

    The tests done with fruit flies used a product from a 0-calorie Truvia product and are extremely misleading. They falsely imply that there is something toxic about erythritol that killed the flies, while the truth is that since they were in jars with nothing else to eat but 0-calorie sweetener, the flies essentially starved to death.

  9. Sue

    Why not simply use plain Monk Fruit sweetener?

    • Team ALG

      Sue, you can certainly use the plan monk fruit if you wish. The cost is quite a big higher than Lakanto.

  10. KayCee

    The recipe in the book calls for 1/4 teaspoon Stevia or 1 Tablespoon of Lakanto. Your recipe as printed here says 1/4 teaspoon of Lakanto.

  11. Team ALG

    Kaycee, it should read 1/4 t. Stevia or 1 T. Lakanto, just like the book.


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