Glycerin as a sweetener

Answered on September 11, 2013
Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Is glycerin okay on a Paleo diet? I've looked to Google for answers but find none. I found this great tasting vanilla extract that contains no alcohol and no sugar. Here's the link:


It tastes so good but is quite sweet, due to the glycerin. I like adding it to tea just because of its sweetening quality. Is glycerin okay to use as a sweetener? Thanks everyone.

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on September 11, 2013
at 01:49 AM

go with honey. I used 1 tsp honey in my coffee, down from 2 tsp of white sugar. Within 3 months I was drinking black coffee. Even the honey had become too sweet.



on September 07, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Glycerin it is produced industrially, usually as a by-product of soap manufacture, from oils and fats. It can be made from animal fat or, in the case of vegetable glycerin, vegetable oil. It's widely used in foods, medications in cosmetic products and as a sweetener.

Consuming it (or foods sweetened with it or any other fakey sugar) is something I avoid. N=1 sugar substitutes do not make my body happy. In fact, I've found that sugar substitutes actually make me crave more sugar. Although you're not having very much, I would find a more natural alternative.

I happen to loooove vanilla, so I add a 1/2 tsp of Pure Ground Vanilla Beans to my tea.

Eventually your tastebuds will adapt and you won't crave the fake sugar taste.

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on September 07, 2013
at 05:35 PM

For me Paleo is about eliminating processed foods and to that end I reject the use of almost all sweeteners, etc. I've also lost any kind of "sweet" food needs. If you are going to use just a small amount I wouldn't stress over any sweetener.

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