Here is some text I have grabbed from a Programming languages book:
As mentioned earlier, REST APIs are “a lightweight way to transfer textual representations of resources.” What do we mean by this? Well, when you make a call to retrieve data from a REST API, the data will be returned to you in some serialized, textual format, for example:
• Extensible Markup Language (XML)
• Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
• Yet Another Markup Language (YAML)
and so on. Upon receiving that serialized string payload, you’ll then do something with it, most likely some kind of deserialization operation so you can use the resource or object within the consuming application. With regard to REST APIs, there is no prescribed payload format, although most usually JSON will be used and returned. We will be using JSON as our payload format in this book given its lightweight nature and ubiquity in the industry.
Now, my question is that: Can I describe the bold given above as "according to" or "because of" so that I have the following sentence after replacing the alternatives:
We will be using JSON as our payload format in this book because of/according to its lightweight nature and ubiquity in the industry.