Low-Carb Diets May Improve Acne

We all know that a low-carb diet is good for our waist-line, and that it has also recently been proven to be good at reducing cancer risk and type 2 diabetes, but now a new study has shown that a low-carb diet could be great for our skin too.

With over 15 million teenage sufferers of acne in the USA, could a simple change of diet help?

A report published by the Department of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York, has shown that some people who have the skin complaint, acne, could be suffering from a disorder called ‘hyperinsulinemia’.  Hyperinsulinemia is an excess of insulin in the blood, and acne sufferers could benefit from reducing the amount of carbs they eat to reduce the overload of insulin.

The MD of the department of dermatology, Dr. Alan R Shalita, said: “Foods that are low in the glycemic index (GI) may contribute to the hormonal control of acne.  I would encourage patients with acne to moderate the amount of carbs that they eat and not to overdo diary.”  (Which has also been proven to aggravate acne).

Consuming foods which are at the low end of the glycemic index will ensure that a person will avoid the blood sugar level spikes that occur with processed, starchy foods such as white rice, flour, bread, pasta, sugary foods etc.  A diet rich in fresh foods such as non-starchy fruit and vegetables, and plenty of proteins will keep insulin levels under control and the acne condition should improve.

Dr. Shalita was also keen to debunk some myths about acne causes and pleased chocolate lovers everywhere by stressing that it was unlikely that chocolate was to blame for outbreaks of acne, citing that it would be more likely the fault of the fat and sugar in candy bars rather than the cocoa.

“One study that compared Hershey chocolate bars with carob bars found no difference in acne risk,” Shalita says. “There is sugar and fat in both, so for people that do react to chocolate, it has more to do with the sugar than the cocoa.”

low carb chocolate 1
CarbRite SugarFree Chocolate Bar

Great news for fans of our low carb chocolate bars and cookies.

Dr. Shalita did stress that if a low carb diet didn’t show a significant improvement in patients’ acne condition, then they should see a dermatologist for further medical treatments.


Sugar Substitutions in Low Carb Candy & Foods: What You Need To Know

Sticking to a low carb diet can be dull, whilst we know we can’t have a regular candies thankfully there are plenty of low carb candy that can satisfy ourneed for something sweet whilst still keeping us in ketosis.

Low carb candy and other low carb food products use sugar substitutes to achieve a sweet taste. Different sugar substitutes do different things and whilst some are completely carb and calorie free, we have to be careful about the quantities we consume of others as they are often bulked out with agents that are not quite so low carb.

Most of the low carb candy products or other sweet products that you’ll find at Linda’s Diet Delights will have one of the following ingredients:


Also known as Splenda, sucralose is 600 times sweeter than regular sugar. In its pure form it has no calories or carbs.It is mainly used in baked goods or products that require a long shelf life.

Splenda is derived from regular sugar and has much the same properties as sugar; it remains stable in heat making it a perfect substitute for home baking.However if you buy the granulated splenda it will have been bulked out with Maltodextrin which contains 24 net carbs per cup.

There is a concentrated liquid form of sucralose available called Sweetzfree which isn’t bulked so contains zero net carbs and calories.One drop of this is the equivalent sweetness of 1 ½ teaspoons of regular sugar.

Sucralose is approved by the Atkins Diet.

Dixie Diner Boston Cream Pie

Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols, or polyols as they are also called, are used quite a lot in low carb candy bars and other low carb treats.The most common ones you’ll see on food labels are Maltitol, Mannitol and Sorbitol.They tend to have between ½ and ¾ of the calorie count of regular sugar, but perform differently in the body so that they do not get completely absorbed into the small intestine; they are also absorbed a lot slower than regular sugar.This slower absorption means and much slower rise in blood sugars, therefore less insulin is produced.

Some type 1 diabetics say they have a sugar rush after consuming foods that contain sugar alcohols, whilst others have no problems at all and stay in ketosis after eating foods containing sugar alcohols. Maltitol is particular is sometimes blamed for carb cravings and slower weight loss.

Consuming too much sugar alcohols can leave people feeling gassy and may have a laxative effect on some people.Sorbitol and Mannitol tend to be more prone to this, Maltitol much less so.Newer sugar alcohols are now being used that do not cause a laxative effect:Erthritol, Inulin, Isomalt and HSH (Hydrolyzed Starch Hydrolysis)—often labelled as Maltitol syrup.

As the different sugar alcohols have different properties they are used in different types of food. Sorbitol produces a clear candy that remains hard and dry under any condition.It doesn’t crystalize which makes it perfect to use in low carb ice cream as it helps the product to stay creamy.

Mannitol can absorb a lot of moisture before going damp or sticky so it is used to dust sticks of sugar-free gum or candies.

Carb Krunchers Low Carb Brownies
Maltitol and Erythritol are used as bulking agents for low carb chocolates and soft candies to give a creamy consistency.

Xylitol is often seen in sugar-free gum and mints, particularly as it actively restricts oral bacteria as well as being zero calories.

To stay in ketosis with these sugar alcohols you will need to watch your intake and you should avoid them during the Induction Phase on the Atkins diet.


Stevia is generally regarded as the best sugar replacement.  It has been used for centuries by Guarani Indian tribes in Paraguay to sweeten drinks. Stevia is derived from the leaves of the Stevia Rebaudiana plant which is a member of the Chrysanthemum family and grows in Paraguay and Brazil.

Steviva Stevia Powder

It is 300 times sweeter than table sugar but has a negligible effect on blood glucose levels yet it has no calories, no carbs and a zero glycemic index.

Currently Stevia has not been approved by the FDA as a food additive and can only be used in diet products.

Stevia is reported to have health benefits for the pancreas and helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels.It has also been shown to reduce the level of tooth plague.

Stevia can be used in baking but is primarily used as a sweetner.


Judy’s Candy Brittle Flavor Additions

The Judy’s Candy Brittle flavors have been expanded from only Coconut Almond Brittle to also include Mixed Nut Brittle, Popcorn Nut Brittle, and Coconut Peanut Brittle. All are sugar free and low carb.

Judys Candy Brittle
Judys Candy Brittle

Check out our wide selection of low carb candy at Linda’s Diet Delites!