Best-Selling Author Picks Zsweet

Franziska Spritzler, a registered dietitian and the best-selling author of The Low Carb Dietitian’s Guide to Health and Beauty, is among the many low carb experts that have embraced the use of natural sweeteners such as Zsweet.

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Spritzler, who operates the popular Low Carb Dietitian blog, uses Zsweet as part of her healthy lifestyle. According to Spritzler, removing or limiting sugar is among the most difficult aspects to kick-starting a healthy diet.

By choosing Zsweet, low carb dieters can ditch the unhealthy baggage that is sugar and replace it with a fantastic alternative.

“To me, Zsweet tastes identical to sugar and there is no aftertaste, which is common with other natural sweeteners,” Spritzler said. “The taste, flavor, and end result is no different than if you were using sugar, but in the Zsweet case, you don’t get any of the calories.”

Indeed, among the many benefits of using Zsweet is that it contains zero calories and zero net-carbs, in addition to being gluten-free and containing zero artificial ingredients. It packs a great punch against diabetes as well, as Zsweet has zero glycemic impact. In other words, it’s the zero worries sweetener you’ve been looking for.

“Zsweet is a great addition to the diets of individuals that follow a low carb lifestyle or are simply trying to reduce their carb intake,” Spritzler continued. “For diabetics, they can enjoy healthy treats that won’t affect their blood sugar levels. It’s an excellent replacement to artificial sweeteners, which are known to cause digestive issues. As a dietitian, Zsweet checks all the important boxes.”

Lil' Franz Making Sweet & Savory Treats with Zsweet

When Houston-based start-up Lil’ Franz searched for a natural sweetener to use in its mini cake bite recipes, the Texas baker kept striking out on taste and flavor. That is until German-born founder Vera Trombitas stumbled onto Zsweet.

Lil' Franz mini cake bites

Lil' Franz mini cake bites

“Zsweet is the only natural sweetener, that I found, that tastes better than sugar and doesn’t contain the metallic aftertaste found in many other sweeteners,” Trombitas said. “It’s the ideal natural sweetener to bake with.”

If we can add a shameless plug – Zsweet is also a zero calorie, gluten free natural sweetener that even helps combat tooth decay.

Now fully launched and taking orders, Lil’ Franz hopes its delectable take on low calorie cake bites will be the next craze hitting the dessert scene. Its lineup features sweet treats with flavors like chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, and blueberry.

The savory side features bacon cheddar jalapeńo, spinach & feta, and Italian herbs.

Lil’ Franz takes online orders so here’s the link to get you started on your first delivery of Lil’ Franzes!

Massive Study Links Artificial Sweeteners to Weight Gain, Heart Disease, and other Health Issues

We’ve made no qualms about how we feel about artificial sweeteners. We’ve made it known to our audience that they’re not a healthy alternative to real sugar cane or natural sweeteners like Zsweet.

A new study reveals just how detrimental these synthetic sweeteners – think Splenda, Equal, and Sweet n Low – are to your overall health. Researches reviewed 37 studies, conducted for a decade or more, of over 400,000 people. When analyzing research, sample size and duration matter, and this study appears to have hit the mother load.

According to the researchers, “all of the studies selected found that artificial sweeteners had negative impacts on the metabolism, gut bacteria, and appetite of the subjects.”

In addition, long-term consumption was linked to increased risk of weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues.

Certainly a litany of known health issues should activate the public to ditch those harmful artificial sweeteners in favor of the natural stuff.  Unfortunately, educational disconnect still exists and the report points out that 25 percent of children and 40 percent of adults in the U.S. consume artificial sweeteners on a regular basis.

Next time you observe someone touting the virtues of the aforementioned artificial sweeteners, perhaps you can kindly steer them toward natural, sugar substitutes like Zsweet.

The Magic Ingredient Behind Zsweet

Ever wonder how we’re able to create an all natural, zero sugar, zero calorie sweetener? The secret sauce or magic ingredient in Zsweet is that of a well-known, naturally occurring sugar alcohol called erythritol.

The beauty behind erythritol is that it’s naturally found in many foods like fruits, vegetables, cheese, and yogurt, to name a few. Chances are you’ve consumed this mild sweetener without even knowing it.

So how exactly are we able to turn this naturally occurring compound into a delicious zero calorie sweetener?

The erythritol is naturally cultured from sugar, infused with natural plant extracts, and then crystalized. This natural process has been around for decades. Since 1990, erythritol has been commercially produced and added to foods and beverages to provide sweetness, as well as enhance taste and texture.

Unlike other popular sweeteners, Zsweet uses only natural ingredients that are naturally processed. We don’t add any chemicals or artificial ingredients – not even in trace amounts. Click here for the full ingredient list.

Our competitors Sweet ‘n’ Low, Equal, and Splenda are chemically processed artificial sweeteners. In other words, they use man-made synthetic chemical compounds contrived in a lab. That doesn’t sound tasty. Do you really want to sweeten your coffee or tea with man-made chemicals? We didn’t think so.

If you’re on the fence on trying a new sweetener, just know that the “Z” in Zsweet stands for…

Zero calories

Zero glycemic impact

Zero net-carbs

Zero artificial ingredients

Zero gluten

Zero GMO’s

Why is Zsweet Good for My Teeth?

At one point during our childhood our parents and dentists warned us about the leading causes of tooth decay. We were told to regularly brush our teeth and floss in between those hard to reach areas to ensure bright, pearly whites and healthy gums.

The active ingredient in Zsweet all natural sweetener helps prevent tooth enamel loss and cavity formation

The active ingredient in Zsweet all natural sweetener helps prevent tooth enamel loss and cavity formation

We were also told of the damaging effects of sugar. After all, sugary foods and the bacteria in our mouths are essentially best friends. Bacteria feeds off sugar with the end result being a damaging coat of acid that contributes to the formation of cavities.

Fortunately, there is a way around all of this just by swapping out your everyday sugar, for Zsweet, our zero-calorie, all natural sweetener.

Zsweet has non-cariogenic properties, which means that it helps fight tooth decay!

Research shows that the use of erythritol, Zsweet’s main ingredient, in sweetened foods provides additional help in the battle against tooth decay by significantly reducing plaque accumulation. Additionally, erythritol is resistant to the bacteria that resides in our mouths, which means that the bacteria won’t be able to produce any harmful acids that typically lead to tooth enamel loss and cavity formation. Here’s a super scientific chart that breaks down the research.

The American Dental Association, which is the leading oral health organization in this country, recognizes erythritol as an alternative to sugar.

Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a “does not promote tooth decay” health claim in labeling for sugar-free foods that contain erythritol.

So the next you’re presented with a choice of sugar, or Zsweet, please choose the latter to help stave off tooth decay.  

Looking for Delicious, Sugar-Free Recipes? Browse the Zsweet Kitchen for Culinary Inspiration

The Zsweet test kitchen is home to many a delicious recipe. Whether your sweet tooth enjoys the occasional cake or pie, or if you prefer ice cream and smoothies, rest assured the Zsweet chefs have something for everyone.

Our recipes are 100% sugar-free and Granulated Zsweet can be used as a one-for-one substitute in baking. No guesswork here!

As an added bonus, did you know that Zsweet is actually good for your teeth? Yeah, you read that right. You can learn more on how we are helping fight tooth decay here.

Our recipes are broken down into five convenient categories:

Cakes / Breads / Pies Ex: chocolate cake, banana bread, apple pie

Cookies / Scones Ex: peanut butter cookies, pumpkin muffins

Drinks Ex: chocolate banana smoothie, frozen cappuccino

Ice Cream / Sauce / Sides Ex:  vanilla ice cream, cranberry sauce, almond orange zest cream

Sweet Meals Ex: french toast, glazed carrots

Each recipe also includes a complete dietary roundup letting you know the amount of calories, carbs, fat, protein, sodium and other useful health information so you know exactly what you are consuming.

20 Incredible Uses of Honey - in and out of - the Kitchen

Over the years, the health benefits of honey have been widely documented. Nearly all of us are familiar with its cancer-fighting antioxidants and its ability to stimulate weight loss. Local honey has even been known to help combat pesky allergies that crop up when seasons change. It also lasts forever. Literally. It doesn't have an expiration date.

But what else can this gold liquid do for us. Remember the last time you lost your balance and scrapped your knee or elbow?  Before reaching for the Neosporin, perhaps you should check the pantry for honey. For centuries, honey was used as a topical ointment for treating wounds.  Researchers from New Zealand found that honey can quickly clear infection, protect wounds from further infections, and speeds healing by stimulating growth of cells.

Other astonishing applications for honey include: dandruff solution, aiding in alleviating the dreaded hangover, boosting memory and athletic performance, and honey in the raw can even act as an anti-acne face wash.

To learn more about the usefulness of honey, check out this list of 20 incredible uses - in and out - of the kitchen. Enjoy!

Three Websites that Offer the Best Selection of Delicious Low Carb Recipes

At some point every year, usually right after New Year’s Day, we make the pledge to eat healthy on a more frequent basis. Either we learned of a new diet, are planning a vacation where a “beach body” is a requirement, or received a wake up call from a recent trip to the doctor.

Whatever the motivation, we constantly try to make changes to our diets, only to lose momentum early on. The results are usually mixed. One week you’re an all-star health enthusiast, another week you’re consistently reaching for take out menus.

One of the biggest challenges in constructing a top-to-bottom, healthy diet is putting together a comprehensive menu of recipes to pull from on a weekly basis. Some of us are amateur chefs that would do well on cooking shows and probably don’t need a lot of direction, but for most of us, devising great tasting meals is just not in our culinary wheelhouse.

That’s why we at Zsweet scoured the Internet for the best selection of delicious, mouth watering, low carb recipes that are easy-to-make and super nutritious. Take a look at these sites to discover your next favorite recipes.

DIET DOCTOR

Diet Doctor is an all inclusive low carb recipe library with dedicated sections on breakfast, sides, snacks, bread, and main course dishes that highlight every protein in the book: meat, poultry, fish, and pork.

Their salads pack a tasteful punch as well, specifically the avocado, bacon, and goat-cheese starter. Main courses are diverse with rib eye steak and oven roasted vegetables, to chicken curry with cauliflower rice.

They even have a section for non low-carbers. Here you’ll enjoy pork chops with blue cheese sauce, or oven baked chicken with garlic butter. It even has a section dedicated to pizza. How great is that?

In addition to offering a wealth of awesome recipes, Diet Doctor also includes low carb guidelines for beginners, and even offers a free, two-week low carb challenge.

DELISH

Delish isn’t a full-time low carb recipe website like Diet Doctor, but it does reserve a significant amount of space to this growing culinary segment.

Delish scores an A+ for the creativity involved in some of their recipes. For instance, the no-bread sandwich section gives us the avocado bun BLT and cauliflower grilled cheese.

Additional user friendly recipes include: taco skillets with no tortillas, eggplant cutlets, and bell pepper nachos sans chips.

ATKINS

Our next website is the grandfather of them all, Atkins. According to the site, Atkins.com holds over 1,600 easy low carb recipes that help you lose weight while still enjoying delicious food.

The latest recipes take their cues from ingredients that are in season.  In spring, you’ll see garlic shrimp with avocado dipping sauce, spinach artichoke dip, and Cornish hens with apricot glaze.

Shifting away from the seasonal brings us to their specialized sections on beverages, desserts, snacks, and sides. Here you’ll discover almond pineapple smoothie, artichokes with lemon butter, and ancho macho chili.

The Sugar Tax - What Zsweet Thinks

Making the healthy choice when it comes to your diet is easier said than done. Sugary snacks and drinks, sodium filled entrees, and foods loaded with carbohydrates are seemingly within arm reach at virtually all restaurants and grocery stores. In short, the temptation is everywhere.

Some municipalities, however, are taking measures to penalize frequent consumers of sugary drinks – and they’re hitting them where it hurts – their wallets.  

You may remember the City of Berkeley becoming the first U.S. city to enact a one-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as regular soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweetened juices, flavored waters, and Ready To Drink sweetened coffees and teas.

Berkeley voters passed this law in Nov. 2014 and it took effect on March 1, 2015. Two years later, health researchers say the sugar tax is working.  In the year following the implementation of the tax, researchers discovered the volume of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Berkeley declined by 9.6%, while sales of bottled water rose 15.6%.

The tax, which adds 68 cents to the cost of a two-litter bottle of soda, has added $2.5 million to the city’s coffers (as of the beginning of this year). The funds are earmarked for children nutrition and community health programs.

Zsweet's Take

So where does Zsweet stand on government taking a more active role in our daily lives as it pertains to nutrition?  The experiment in Northern California seems to be working. Should larger cities with wider reach adopt a similar policy?

It certainly wouldn’t hurt, but Tim Avila, one of the founders of Zsweet, says wholesale changes in behavior are required if we wish to put a meaningful dent in sugar consumption.

“The taxes may help somewhat, but behavior modification resources will go much farther in getting people healthier and stemming the rise in metabolic disease,” said Avila. “The entire category of lifestyle products that you find in a Whole Foods Market is driven by individual lifestyle demand based on changing habits.”

Those changing habits stem from a growing chorus of groups that have rejected sugar. We believe a health change motivated by consumer choice carries significantly more influence than one derived by monetary manipulation in the form of a tax.

“While Whole Foods clearly sells a boatload of sugar and cheap carbohydrate based products, the tribes that exist in that world that have rejected sugar are growing,” Avila continued.  “The main thing that legislation and regulation can do is to inconvenience the big boys and force some change there.”

Avila explains that we already see that happening with Big Food and Big Beverage. Those industries have acquiesced to changing consumer demand with major initiatives to reduce sugar by half, or calories by at least 30%. You see it in products that once held 150 calories, transition into a 100-calorie offering.

There certainly isn’t a silver bullet that will solve our sugar dilemma. A multilayered approach that takes advantage of behavior modification, nutrition education at the earliest levels, parental responsibility, and government intervention would go a long way in cultivating a healthier society.

Tobacco vs. Sugar - Which Poses the Greater Health Risk?

The Parallels of Tobacco and Sugar – Which is more Deadly?

Cigarettes: 

Initially, people didn’t know that cigarettes were bad for their health. Because people didn’t feel pain or sickness after smoking just a few cigarettes, no one suspected tobacco of inflicting any hazardous effects on the body and so it took years for doctors to associate cigarettes with bad lungs and cancer. In fact, people loved cigarettes because they made them calm and relieved stress, and many doctors promoted their use for these reasons. What?! Years later cigarette smokers have faced the harmful truths of smoking, and they are now forced to deal with multiple health problems. Sadly, even with undisputed data and statistics proving the ills of tobacco, many are unable to quit because of the addictive nature of nicotine. This substance stimulates dopamine in the brain which stimulates pleasurable sensations that induce a vicious cycle of cravings.

Sugar:

It may come in the innocent form of Little Debby cakes and gummy bears, but this sweet substance can be every bit as poisonous as smoking cigarettes. Sugar is everywhere and is nearly impossible to avoid. Even if you try to avoid the obvious foods such as candy, chocolate, cake and brownies, you will still find hidden sugars in our regular foods such as smoothies, yogurt, bread, and ketchup. Our society has unknowingly let this sweet killer take over our lives. A study done by the University of Florida shows that sugar can be as addictive as nicotine and cocaine. Just like cigarettes, the more our bodies consume sugar the more we crave it. Every day we crave sugar and are consuming more than we need, on average adults are eating twice the recommended daily amount.

Deadliest?

Now let’s examine which is the more notorious killer of the two. Cigarettes are linked to lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and myriad other conditions. Using world-wide figures the deaths from cigarettes number about 5 million per year. Sugar can lead to obesity which causes 17 million deaths per year. Sugar is also responsible for other diseases such as, heart disease and diabetes. Using just conservative data figures, sugar is most likely responsible for three times more deaths than cigarettes. Sugar is a true silent killer, and like cigarettes we can’t shake the sugar because the harmful effects are not immediately observable, unless diabetes or another blood sugar condition is present. Today our society has realized the harmful effects of cigarettes, but we have yet to realize the harmful effects of sugar. We see ourselves making the same mistake with sugar as we did with cigarettes. Can we stop this killer before it’s too late?

This article originally appeared on the Lakanto Blog on Feb. 8, 2017.

Among Consumers Concern About Artificial Sweeteners is Growing

More and more consumers are ready to ditch potentially harmful artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Equal in favor of natural products such as Zsweet, according to a recent survey by the Natural Marketing Institute.

The evidence, which compares 2016 data to research conducted in 2005 and 2011, is overwhelming. According to the survey, 59% of consumers prefer real/cane sugar rather than artificial sweeteners.  

Additionally, 57% of the general population says they consistently monitor the amount of sugar in their diets. That number has increased steadily since the 2005 figure of 49%. In 2011, the figure was essentially unchanged at 51%, but in 2016 it jumped to 57%.

What does this have to do with Zsweet?  For starters, consumers are responding to the wider lineup of all-natural, zero calorie sweeteners like Zsweet. Prior to the advent of such healthy alternatives, consumers had to choose from the unhealthy lineup of the artificial stuff. 

Consumers are more health conscious than ever and are willing to try new, healthier options that do not sacrifice on taste or flavor. In fact, Zsweet is among the best tasting natural sweeteners on the market. To learn more about the magic behind Zsweet, please click here.

Erythritol - Worthy of the Sugar Substitute Spotlight

Check out this synthesis from Body Nutrtion expounding on some of the science behind erythritol. Learn how the body handles erythritol, how it compares to artificial sweeteners (Boo!), and just why this is simply the best option of sugar substitutes.

The best tasting erythritol blend is right here - Zsweet®! If you haven't already tried it and are looking for an all natural sugar substitute, here it is. Great tasting and truly zero calorie. Pick up a few boxes of Zsweet® SuperSweet packets for when your on the go, and grab a couple pouches of Zsweet® granulated for your Zero Worries baking and cooking at home!

 

Sugary Drinks Linked to High Death Tolls Worldwide

Check out this report on a study done by Tufts University in Massachusetts on the correlation between consumption of sugar sweetened drinks and their "direct impact on diabetes and the obesity-related effects on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer."  

Seeing these kind of reports day after day should give us all a reason to pause next time we are contemplating getting a fountain drink at lunch, or next time we're at the store and our kids ask us for a couple of twelve-packs of soda (they're even on sale, 4 twelve-packs for $8).  Even on our way in to work each morning, how many of us stop in at the local coffee shop and get our morning latte or mocha? Or maybe we get the "skinny" aka "healthy" option. We warmly invite you to look at the nutrition facts next time you stop in there and take a look at the sugar column. You just might be surprised.  

Next time you're looking for a sweet coffee beverage, try ordering a regular coffee with a splash of heavy whipping cream for a rich, delicious full flavor (or some half & half for a lower fat option). Once you have that in hand, you can add in a couple of Zsweet® SuperSweet Packets, and you are good to go!