The Secret to Success with Stevia

Stevia is a no calorie, zero glycemic “sweetener” that is said to be 200-300 times naturally sweeter than sugar. While it is a great alternative to artifical/synthetic sweeteners (in terms of health) and sounds like the perfect alternative to sugar, many adults find that it has a funny “aftertaste”.  Children don’t seem to notice!

If you’ve tried stevia before in your morning coffee or to sweeten a batch of brownies, you probably found that the results were less than appetizing. But before you write off stevia though, allow me to let you in on a little secret!

Stevia works really well with the sour flavour and not so well with bitters such as coffee and chocolate.

Combine the following with stevia in your recipes and you will be delighted!
lemon
lime
orange
kiwi
rhubarb
crab apple
yogurt
berries
etc.

Sugar free lemonade anyone? Want to eat scrumptous yogurt without the added sugar? Well, add a little bit of stevia in plain yogurt with berries on top, and you’ll soon forget you are simply eating plain yogurt!

Some commerical tinctures of stevia even combine the citrus flavour. So for example, plain yogurt or a glass of water can be turned into a sweet treat with just a few drops of orange flavoured stevia extract!

And remember, before you get too gung-ho, a little goes a long way!

If you still want to sweeten your coffee or chocolate without the added calories, or the rise in blood sugar (at least not as much, since caffeine raises blood sugar well enough on its own!) and without rotting your teeth, then give Organic Zero by Wholesome Sweeteners or Lakanto by Body Ecology a try. 

1 foot tall and 1 1/2 feet wide, Stevia has long, pointed leaves of mid-green, densely borne on multi-stemmed plants. Small white flowers appear in summer. FRESH LIVE COOKING HERBS, HERB PLANTS, VEGETABLE PLANTS, TOMATO PLANTS, SWEET PEPPER PLANTS, HOT PEPPERS PLANT. 
Image from:
http://www.goodearthliveherbs.com/stevia_mint_live_herb_plant/index.htm

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One response to this post.

  1. Stevia is natural sweetener with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index i use it in my daily life and it is economic 1kg of stevia= 300kg of regular sugar.
    for more info http://healthmad.com/health/what-do-you-know-about-stevia

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