Sugar Free Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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Prepare this Sugar Free Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe whenever you feel like the kids need a break from too much sugar (especially over the holidays, during birthday celebrations or other special times and occasions). This Sugar Free Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe will allow you to give the kids a special treat but keep the amount of sugar in check. This sugar free vanilla buttercream frosting recipe uses chemical substitutes instead of ordinary sugar to provide sweetening to the buttercream frosting. The frosting still looks and smells and spreads the same way that ordinary frosting does, but it does have quite a different taste that may take some time to become used to.

This sugar free vanilla buttercream frosting recipe uses both Stevia and erythritol. Stevia is a substitute sugar that is very sweet and low in calories and is often used to substitute for sugar. Stevia was banned in the 1990s as a possible carcinogen; later, it was reinstated for limited and specific use in about 2008. Stevia is many, many times sweeter than ordinary table sugar without the calories. It does have a bitter after taste, or as some people experience the flavor, a somewhat licorice like taste. As well, the flavor of Stevia lingers in the mouth long after you consume the sweetener, far longer than sugar usually remains in the mouth. There are no known side effects for people who use this sugar substitute.

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that is also almost as sweet as table sugar, and used as a sugar substitute. It has almost zero calories, and also does not affect blood sugar levels. It also does not cause tooth decay in the way that ordinary table sugar can (and does) and it is generally not absorbed by the body. There is quite a bit of debate over the use of sugar substitutes in at least a couple of ways. First, some people simply disagree with the use of chemical configurations as food. They think that eating this type of food is simply not good for the body, and given that the average person retains about five pounds of additives, preservatives and other foreign configurations in their body due to the way we live, perhaps this is a valid argument. As well, though, there is some evidence that suggests that people who use sugar substitutes can actually make their issues with obesity worse. This is because they might suffer a psychological thing where they feel like they are not really getting all the sugar they deserve and so eat more to compensate.

So these are the sugar substitutes that this buttercream recipe uses and that you can decide for yourself whether to try them.

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