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Lakanto Review - Does This Natural Sweetener Really Work?

  • 38 User Comments
  • Rating: 2.7. From 99 votes.
By Summer Banks Mar 16, 2017

I paused before I hit the “publish” button on this one, because my conclusion was a bit of a shocker. We dug deep and created a detailed review of Lakanto, examining the side effects, ingredients, clinical research and level of customer-service quality. Then we read a number of user responses and comments from around the internet. Finally, we summed up all of the important information we found to give you the bottom line.

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What is Lakanto?

First and foremost, Lakanto ingredients include erythritol and monk fruit extract. This product is touted as an all natural sweetener that is free of calories. Therefore, it is said to be ideal for weight management. It’s also boasted as diabetic-safe and has a zero glycemic index. This sugar substitute can be added to coffee, tea, baked goods and any other beverage you choose. It is gluten-free, vegan, and does not contain any GMOs.

This product has been available since at least 2010. It is made by Saraya USA, Inc., which is located in Lindon, UT. Company contact information is provided on the official website, along with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. There are actually several Lakanto products available at this point, but read on…

Unpleasant Taste – “Concerned At All?”

One issue we have is with the flavor of this natural sweetener. “According to several customer reviews, Lakanto tastes unpleasant, and is not a good sugar substitute,” revealed our Research Editor.

One customer reported, “Taste is terrible for me. Was just like all the other artificial sweeteners.”

Then again, a different user said, “It’s okay. I wish I could say it was better.”

“The nice thing about this is that it has no aftertaste. But it’s not very sweet,” mentioned another.

Discouraging User Comments – “Be Aware”

There are quite a few discouraging user remarks for Lakanto, which are posted on distributor websites like Amazon. In fact, one person stated, “The usual laxative diabetic sweetener. I’ve been flatulating for days.”

However, a different individual said, “I like the zero calories, but this is not very sweet at all. Also, you might notice some Lakanto side effects.”

Another revealed, “This product is just okay. Won’t buy it again.”

The research we’ve done has shown if there is some specific part of a diet product or weight-loss food that is quite bothersome (unpleasant taste, discouraging user comments, side effects) the odds of real results that last are slim. If Lakanto sweetener does in fact taste bad to a lot of people, this could be a real dilemma.

The Science – “Any?”

From what we gathered, Lakanto is a sugar substitute that is naturally derived. Therefore, it should not cause a blood sugar spike or weight gain. On the other hand, this product does not promote fat loss either. If you can handle the taste and mild side effects, this product may be a decent addition to your diet. As for actual science, we did not find any studies presented on the official website.

The Bottom Line – Does Lakanto Work?

So, should you race out to the store and buy a bag of Lakanto sweetener? Well, we like that this product is totally natural and free of GMOs. It’s also nice to see that it contains no calories. On the other hand, we have some reservations about this sugar substitute because some people have complained about the unpleasant taste. Also, we’re concerned about the mild side effects that some users have reported.

If your goal is to lose some unwanted pounds, then we encourage you to find a product that contains clinically tested ingredients for weight-loss, does not have an unpleasant taste and is backed by numerous positive user comments.

Among the best products we’ve seen this year is one called Leptigen. This formula uses four potent ingredients, which have been clinically tested and are shown to help speed up fat loss and spark metabolism. We can’t find any discouraging customer remarks, there’s no taste to worry about and user comments online show people are seeing substantial results.

The makers of Leptigen are so positive about their product they’re offering a Special Trial Offer, which is uncommon.

Previous Lakanto Review (Updated August 20, 2013):

What You Should Know

Lakanto was developed by Donna Gates who is the head of the Body Ecology Diet. This product is considered a Japanese sweetener or "fake sugar". Gates claims that Lakanto can be used as a replacement anytime someone would use sugar. Users can use this product to sweeten drinks, cook or bake. Lakanto is said to be a weight management product that can be used by any adult regardless of age, gender or fitness level. This product is said to have a zero glycemic index, no calories and no additives.


Erythritol and Luo Han Guo Fruit Extract.

Product Features

Lakanto contains the ingredient Erythtitol which is a naturally occurring sugar, often found in grapes, pears, mushrooms and other foods. It is said to be be a safer form of sugar alcohols because it is supposed to prevent negative side effects that are often present with sugar alcohols such as bloating, gas and diarrhea. The ingredient Luo Han Guo Fruit Extract is said to act as an anti-carcinogenic as well as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It is also said to be beneficial in treating ailments such as certain digestive ailments, fever, phlegm and coughing.


  • Lakanto is said to be all natural.
  • This product contains no calories.
  • The Lakanto product website is somewhat professional and does offer plenty of relevant product information.


  • Lakanto is extremely expensive when compared to any other sugar substitute.
  • Those taking MAOI's, SSRI's, antidepressants, NSAIDS, corticosteroids or certain other medications should consult a physician before taking this product.
  • Those who have diabetes, hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, cardiovascular ailments or certain other medical conditions should consult a physician before taking Lakanto.
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a physician before taking this product.
  • Lakanto does not seem much different than any other sugar substitute.
  • This product makes too many lofty claims.
  • Lakanto is boasted to be such a unique product, yet few people seem to have ever heard of it.


Lakanto doesn't really stand out from the rest of the supposed "fake sugar" weight management products available today. Lakanto may not be an effective weight loss product because there doesn't seem to be any proven appetite suppressants or fat burners in it so those seeking a weight loss supplement with the ability to suppress the appetite and burn fat may want to research other products that are intended for appetite suppression and fat burning. Those seeking weight loss may also benefit from developing a healthy diet and exercise program. Users will need to assess their health and fitness goals and decide if using Lakanto is right for them.
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Summer Banks, a content strategist at Leptigen, has researched over 5000 products in the past 10 years. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

Rating: 2.7. From 99 votes.
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I use it in my baked foods. I am careful not to use too much. I don’t use it cup for cup to regular sugar. Usually use 1/2. Works and tastes great! On Weight Watchers and am making some yummy goodies with this sweetener!


I bought an 8.29 oz bag for $4.79 at TJ Maxx (Organic&Natural Foods Section) Ever since we decided to do a food style change .. TJ Maxx’s prices on some of the products are way cheaper than the Organic Food Store or the Organic section at a grocery store. They also had Organic honey, Herbs&Seasons, Kids Snacks, Pancake Mix, Pasta’s, A whole assortment of selections … Check out your nearest TJ Maxx or Marshalls for a great price !

LPGYour Name

it is still an alcohol by chemistry standards. Add what you like to it, it is still an alcohol sweetner.


Someone gave us a bag of 800g of Lakanto. I didn’t really pay attention to it. By just merely looked at the front of the package, I only knew it’s another type of “fake sugar” made by monk fruit (I don’t know what it is). It has a unique smell. I don’t bake so I only use it for drinks. After a few uses, I started to like it and wanted to find out more about this product. Then I seriously looked at the back of the package found out that monk fruit was actually Luo han guo. As chinese, we know all the good health benefits that luo han guo has. We always boil dry Luo han guo just with water for only 20 min. The water turns dark brown to almost black color. We drink it hot or cold, both tasty. Then I realize that unique smell of Lakanto exactly resembles the smell of a luo han guo drink that we always make. Feedback #8 above said it has 99.8% Erythritol and only 0.2% Luo han guo. I’m not sure about if the 0.2% enough to get that pungent smell of Luo han guo. My husband has borderline blood sugar. Me and my husband are trying to avoid sugar or use other artificial sweetener like splenda. We also heard that the chemicals in fake sugar are as bad as real sugar. Although, not sure about the % of the ingredients, I think it still sounds less chemicals than other products. I will continue to use it for my family.


I like this product so far. It is expensive, but I like what it is made of, and it does taste like sugar with no weird aftertaste. I have used it to substitute for sugar a couple of times, and it worked just fine. I have not tried anything where it needs to crisp up, so I can’t answer that. However, Lakanto is not supposed to be a weight loss product by itself, merely a way to cut back on sugar (which could help with weight) and to help diabetics and others with blood sugar issues to keep on track. I find it funny that it is marketed as a sugar replacement but your are reviewing it as a weight loss product.

It has not been used here in the USA in the past, so no one here would have really promoted it. I was ordering it from Canada for a bit, where it is accessible. Now you can get it on Amazon. It is pricey, but if you are really in need of help with sugar for any reason, it works well. My kids didn’t even notice the difference. I have tried both the golden and the white version.

My information was that Lakanto was originally created by the Saraya company in Japan about 15 years ago, and has been used there since then. I found information about it on a Canadian website last year, and it is just now showing up in the US with any real regularity. It will come down in price as more people begin to use it, I believe.

All in all, I would say to try it. It is very good, has a real sugar taste, and doesn’t seem to affect my brother’s blood sugar at all and he is a severe diabetic.

Madeleine Spence

I have been using Lakanto for about 7 years and will continue to do so. It’s a great product! It doesn’t raise blood sugar in diabetics and it tastes great. I use it in baking and also in porridge which I make from organic steel cut oats. I also use goat’s milk and add a little coconut oil, organic lemon rind and cinnamon. I can’t think of a better breakfast with the addition of fresh fruit and berries. Donna Gates sells Lakanto. She is easy to find. Just google it.


So your going to bash others and promote your own product.


How does it compare with Agave? Have Raw Foodists adopted it? Where could I find Coconut Nectar as an optional sweetener? Thank you.


Agave is not low-glycemic & some nutritionists think the highly processed forms are as bad as high fructose corn syrup.


I am giving it a 5 although I have not baked with it. What would the baking look like? Does it rise? Does it crisp up? I like the no after taste, I do not like the price for a 8.29 oz (16.99) Cdn. which is not 2 cups, so for baking, it is way too expensive. It is from Vancouver, why can we not order it for much less on line? Finally, something from Canada, and we can’t even get a break???


I attempted to bake a pou d cake last night. It was a pound cake alright. Turned into a flying saucer


I enjoyed your article very much and would like to try Lakanto,but I am having a hard time finding it in the East of Toronto area. Have you heard of this product in my area.

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No, you have to buy it from online suppliers my natural market but it is very expensive


Since Lakanto is made of mostly Erythritol(99.8%), could the(.2%) of Luo Han Guo Fruit Extract make such a huge diference that people claim is superior to pure Erythritol and eliminates all of Erythritol’s side effects? The internet is full of complaints about fermented Erythritol’s side effects.


Hi, where did you find the information regarding the percentages of erythritol and Luo Han?
Could you please provide your reference?


Your evaluation of Lakanto falls short. Lack of research doesn’t bode well as a reason to not use the product. Let us not forget every other imitation sweetner that had no research and has now over many years proven to be harmful to humans. The pros that you claim as beneficial disprove the cons that you list. Thanks for helping me make up my mind in the positive about this product. I wonder if you were anti Stevia too?


Okay so where can i get this fabulous product from?

I live in Oz…


Amazon carries it, but it IS very expensive.


I’m not sure where OZ? Is but if you have internet to to Selinanaturally.com they carry it. Good luck.


i love lakanto,no longer addicted to sugar. yes,i eat organic mostly but i loved my sugar- now i can take it or leave it & i lost 16 pounds without dieting & i couldn’t do that b4 no matter how little i ate.i had blood sugar problems & now thats a thing of the past & i feel great. i started eating it last sept.


I have used it sparingly, and do like the taste, even better than the organic stevia that I normally use. I especially like to use it in my poppyseed salad dressing, but can’t seem to get it to dissolve.


I am not sure why this women gave Lakanto the harsh review that she did. Unless she another product, she is trying to sell. I personally, really like Laknato and I will keep using it. It is the best Sugar substitute I have tried with taste remarkably close to brown sugar. I also like the way it bakes in cookies and other baked goods that I make. My Thanksgiving was a success with Lakanto, and my family had no idea that I used Lakanto, and they did not complain of any stomach of Intestinal problems with this sugar. But everyone is different. . .so, I would say just give it a try. If I complain at all it’s only the cost. But if enough of us start to like it, than the price will go down. At least that is my hope. In the meantime, I am going to splurge and buy Laknato, because it works for me and my family. I don’t care what the interviewer had to say, cause in my mind she was really out to lunch and probably had an agenda of some kind.


Well your comment has given me hope. I tried to bake a Vanilla cake and a pound cake with it and they both sank. Would you happen to have a Vanilla cake recipe and a pound cake recipe that you can share with me. I need to make a wedding cake with it in a couple of weeks. Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Greg – haven’t seen Lakanto in other products. Had it at friends house over several days – no bloating or diarrhea at all and it was delicious. Her young kids use it daily in cereal and have no problems either. Best sugar sub I’ve ever had! Sarayahealth.com sells smaller sizes – haven’t seen it in stores. Bodyecology.com only has big size (800g) but has great info about it.

Elizabeth Kipp

I found ‘Erythritol’ to be an alcohol, not a sugar, hence the ‘ol’ ending in the word
‘Erythritol’.Do you agree? If so, you may want to reword your very interesting review.


Yes, it is under an Alcohol Sugar, but it is the only one that is fermented. At least by Laknato there Erytyitol is fermented, which is what I believe makes the difference in how it effects the body.


I thought the fermentation is what makes it an alcohol. Are there alcohols that are not fermented?


Do any companys currently use lakanto in there products that i could try?
Also I have tons of trouble with the sugar alchohols giving me diarreah can anyone verify the claims that this is truely better?
Also can you buy this at a store yet or is it only over the internet?
Thanks and very interested

Thomas French

Erythitol different natural found in fruits won;t bloat


This is the BEST sugar substitute I have ever tried. It is the only one that tastes great in coffee and works extremely well when baking. There is no aftertaste and it has not spiked my blood sugar (Hypoglycemia) or my girlfriends (Diabetes). As for the expense, one bag lasts quite a long time unless you are doing a lot of baking. What I don’t understand is your warning claims on this product?


Does it have an aftertaste. the only reason i don’t use artificial sweetners and stick to sugar, honey etc is due to the after taste. Please let me know. thanks!