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Hack Zukay's kvass drinks now containing stevia?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 07, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I love Zukay's fermented kvass drinks, especially the beet kvass. I used these products during my initial 3 day bone broth fast before beginning paleo and I definitely think it helped heal my gut. I have been drinking it now for 2 years but they began to add Organic Green Stevia to their formula. I can only assume to appeal to the masses who may not enjoy the rich beet taste and need something more paletable. I checked there website and they still advertise the kvass without the stevia but I can't find it in any of the stores I go to....they all replaced it with the sweetened kvass. I don't use any sweetners anymore, even stevia, and I have seen some benefits regarding digestion and cravings.

My hack is this, does adding the stevia take anything away from the digestive benefits of the fermented kvass?

Here are the old ingredients:

Water, Organic Beets, Celtic Sea Salt, Live Active Culture

Here are the new ingredients:

Water, Organic Beets, Celtic Sea Salt, Live Active Culture, Raw Organic Green Stevia

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:24 PM

It does trigger an insulin response. Infact, anything sweet does, that's why artificial sweeteners (though stevia isn't artificial) are problematic. If you're fasting and drink something with stevia, you'll have an insulin response which will clear out what little glucose you have in your blood and you'll immediately go hypoglycemic and feel horrible instead of energetic. Best to avoid sweeteners when fasting. If you're not fasting and have some food with it, by all means, have stevia.

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on November 29, 2012
at 07:18 AM

And much cheaper!

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on March 24, 2012
at 01:40 PM

Stevia doesn't add any quantifiable carbs.

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:58 AM

How much stevia (carbs) in one serving?

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on April 07, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Why don't you make your own, it's really easy.

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on November 29, 2012
at 07:18 AM

And much cheaper!

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on March 10, 2012
at 11:55 AM

What's the problem with organic Stevia ?

It doesn't trigger the same insulin-response (although some people argue) like other sweeteners.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:24 PM

It does trigger an insulin response. Infact, anything sweet does, that's why artificial sweeteners (though stevia isn't artificial) are problematic. If you're fasting and drink something with stevia, you'll have an insulin response which will clear out what little glucose you have in your blood and you'll immediately go hypoglycemic and feel horrible instead of energetic. Best to avoid sweeteners when fasting. If you're not fasting and have some food with it, by all means, have stevia.

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on March 07, 2012
at 03:46 PM

Stevia has been used traditionally by the native peoples where it generally grows for tens of centuries. I wouldn't be immediately suspicious of deleterious effects.

However, I'm totally in the same boat as you -- I just don't like, and tend to avoid, sweet stuff. I would talk to the managers at the stores you go to to see if they can keep both in stock. Possibly mention that you would hate for them to lose your business because of a little sweetener. If it's a "health food store", they are probably used to oddball requests, and will happily oblige ordering products for you.

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on November 29, 2012
at 08:12 AM

Ugh! I make my own but I bought some Zukay to compare. I thought I read the label in the store, but evidently not because I took one swig of it and nearly choked. THEN I saw stevia in the ingredients.

Kvass does not need sweetening--it has its own natural, subtle sweetness. I only taste bitter with stevia in all forms, so I thought it was terrible. I DO make my own and it's great, but I wanted to try others and this was awful.

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:35 AM

give up the product altogether and make your own Stevia tastes yucky !!

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