The Best Keto Sweeteners: List & Comparison
Wondering how to choose the best keto sweetener? This guide will explain all the best sweeteners for the keto diet, the differences, and the consistency to use for each use case. Plus, there’s a handy keto sweetener chart at the end!
There are many keto approved sweeteners out there, but not all are created equal! Wondering how to choose the best keto sweetener? You’ve come to the right place. This guide will explain all the best sweeteners for the keto diet, the differences between them, and the consistency to use for each use case. Plus, there’s a handy keto sweetener chart at the end!
The Best Sweeteners For Keto
Here at Besti, our goal was to create the BEST natural sugar replacement out there. (That’s why we think they’ll be your sweet BFF!) We worked relentlessly to source the most premium ingredients and to develop sweeteners that not only meet keto carb requirements, but also taste great and act like sugar when you cook or bake with them.
To meet our stringent criteria and bring our readers the highest quality, our keto approved sweeteners lineup includes just 3 of the absolute best low carb sugar substitutes:
- Allulose sweetener – 2 varieties (crystallized and powdered allulose)
- Monk fruit sweetener – 4 varieties (crystallized monk fruit with allulose, granulated monk fruit with erythritol, powdered monk fruit with allulose, and powdered monk fruit with erythritol)
- Erythritol sweetener – 2 varieties (granulated and powdered erythritol)
Keep reading to understand the differences, but all of them check the most important boxes, making them the best keto approved sweeteners out there:
✅ Tastes like sugar – with no aftertaste!
✅ Bakes like sugar
✅ Zero calories
✅ Zero grams net carbs
✅ Zero glycemic index
✅ Kid & pet friendly
✅ Tooth friendly
✅ Keto friendly – won’t kick you out of ketosis!
✅ Diabetic friendly – won’t spike blood sugar!
✅ Paleo friendly
We decided not to create sweeteners with stevia due to taste, and avoid sucralose and asparatame because they are artificial.
Besti vs. Other Brands – Why Choose Ours?
There are already other sugar replacements out there, so why choose this one? Here is why ours are better:
🧁 We have a unique Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – Our monk fruit sweetener with allulose is the first and only one of its kind. It replaces sugar cup-for-cup and tastes just like sugar, but even more amazing, it even bakes, dissolves, caramelizes and browns like sugar. We challenge you to do your own blind taste test with it!
🧁 We use the highest grade of Monk Fruit Extract – Our monk fruit extract is 50% mogroside V (that’s what makes it sweet), which is the highest grade out there. Other brands use 30% or 40%. This makes ours slightly sweeter and more importantly, gives it a superior taste without any aftertaste.
🧁 Our Erythritol is non-GMO – Many brands containing erythritol don’t specify whether it comes from non-GMO sources. All our products are guaranteed non-GMO.
🧁 Allulose acts like sugar because it’s in the sugar family – Most keto sugar replacements contain sugar alcohols or other fillers that vary in taste (we have erythritol in some of ours too!), but they don’t dissolve, brown or caramelize like sugar does. Our allulose acts just like sugar when you cook or bake with it, but still has 0 carbs.
🧁 Zero calories, zero net carbs, zero glycemic indes, and zero aftertaste. That’s our promise to you with all our sweeteners, no matter which you choose.
What Is Allulose Sweetener?
Allulose is a natural sugar that we can’t metabolize [*], which means it tastes and acts like sugar without spiking our blood sugar. Found in fruit, maple syrup and other plants, it’s 70% as sweet as sugar.
The name “allulose” sounds like glucose, fructose, lactose, and other sugar names, because it’s in the same family. But unlike these sugars, we can’t process allulose, which means it has zero calories and zero net carbs.
Allulose is newer and gaining popularity for its incredible ability to dissolve, brown, and caramelize just like sugar does.
What is Monk Fruit Sweetener?
Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a small Asian melon that has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. Monk fruit extract is derived by crushing the fruit, then drying the juice into a concentrated powder that has no calories, carbs or sugar.
Monk fruit extract is extremely sweet, which comes from an antioxidant in the fruit called Mogroside V. It’s very concentrated (between 150 and 400 times as sweet as sugar!), so we combine it with allulose or erythritol to make a 1:1 sugar replacement.
Different brands of monk fruit extract come with different levels of Mogroside V, which affects how sweet they are and whether they have any aftertaste.
The monk fruit extract in Besti is the highest grade, with 50% Mogroside V and NO aftertaste. This, along with the convenience of replacing sugar cup-for-cup, makes them one of the best keto sweeteners to choose.
What Is Erythritol Sweetener?
Erythritol is a natural sweetener that we can’t metabolize [*], which means it tastes like sugar without spiking our blood sugar. Found in fruits and vegetables, it’s 70% as sweet as sugar.
Erythritol sweetener is part of the family of sugar alcohols, which are found in nature, but it is unique compared to others such as sorbitol or maltitol. Erythritol is the only one that has a glycemic index of zero and is easier to digest.
Erythritol has been considered one of the best sweeteners for the keto diet for many years, and is the first one we started using on the Wholesome Yum recipe blog.
Consistencies Of Besti Keto Approved Sweeteners
Besti keto friendly sweeteners come in 3 consistencies:
1. Granulated Sugar Substitutes
Granulated keto sweeteners are the same consistency as granulated sugar, so they make great granulated sugar replacements.
Granulated monk fruit or erythritol options:
When to use them:
Use granulated monk fruit or erythritol to replace granulated sugar in your favorite sweet recipes, especially when baking desserts.
These sweeteners can produce both crispy and soft baked goods, which is great for cookies, cakes, muffins, pancakes, and most other uses for a sugar replacement.
Monk fruit sugar with erythritol and pure erythritol both taste and bake like sugar, but they don’t dissolve, brown or caramelize quite as well.
2. Crystallized Sugar Substitutes
These are a finer consistency than granulated, but coarser than powdered. Even though they are not quite the same consistency as granulated sugar, you can use crystallized Besti sweeteners as granulated sugar replacements.
Crystallized monk fruit or allulose options:
- Crystallized Monk Fruit Sweetener With Allulose – Replaces sugar 1-to-1.
- Crystallized Allulose – 70% as sweet as sugar.
When to use them:
Use crystallized monk fruit or allulose to replace granulated sugar in your favorite sweet recipes, including desserts, baked goods, drinks, sauces, and more!
These sweeteners produce very soft baked goods, which is great for cookies, cakes, muffins, pancakes, and most other uses for a sugar replacement.
Unlike keto approved sweeteners containing sugar alcohols, monk fruit sugar with allulose and pure allulose can dissolve, brown, and caramelize like sugar. And of course, they taste and bake like sugar, too.
3. Powdered Sugar Substitutes
Powdered keto sweeteners are the same consistency as powdered sugar, so they make ideal powdered sugar replacements.
Powdered keto sugar alternatives:
- Powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener With Allulose – Replaces powdered sugar 1-to-1.
- Powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener With Erythritol – Replaces powdered sugar 1-to-1.
- Powdered Erythritol – 70% as sweet as sugar.
- Powdered Allulose – 70% as sweet as sugar.
When to use them:
Use powdered monk fruit, powdered allulose, and powdered erythritol sweeteners to replace powdered sugar in your favorite sweet recipes, including frosting, sauce, glaze, dressing, sprinkling, and most other uses for a powdered sugar replacement. They work beautifully anywhere you need a smooth texture.
Since allulose-based sweeteners dissolve and brown better than sugar alcohols do, choose powdered monk fruit with allulose or pure powdered allulose if you want an extra smooth texture with no risk of crystallization, or if you need browning.
The Best Keto Sweetener Chart: How To Choose
This keto sweetener chart will help you decide which sugar replacement to choose. All of them are great sweeteners for keto, but their uses vary slightly. I recommend having several types of hand for every use case!
(If you are looking for a keto sweetener chart to help you convert from one sweetener to another, or from sugar to one of these, use this conversion calculator!)