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what form and brand of stevia do you use?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 07, 2011 at 2:55 PM

In the past I have used Stevita powder and am going to re-introduce it into my diet. Do you prefer liquid or powder and what brand do you use?

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on February 16, 2011
at 02:13 AM

it does that to me too!!!!!

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on February 15, 2011
at 10:04 PM

I'll rephrase--no calorie sweeteners make me uneasy. I've read that pairing a sweet taste with a lack of calories can be bad news.

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on February 15, 2011
at 09:52 PM

It's not artificial. I grow it in a window in my living room, and grind it with a coffee grinder. A pinch here and there does it. If I mix it with cinnamon, it tastes great!

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on February 09, 2011
at 06:13 AM

wow, I wonder if it might bother my low BP too...

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on February 08, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Too low.I passed out on my desk at work.

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on February 08, 2011
at 06:43 PM

@mari: brown rice syrup frees up glutamic acid, excitotoxins bad.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 08, 2011
at 06:42 PM

High Fructose Agave Syrup = Corn Nectar.

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on February 08, 2011
at 04:50 PM

+1! I hate the taste of stevia! Blech!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 08, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Did it make your blood pressure too high or too low?

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on February 08, 2011
at 04:35 PM

higher or lower?

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on February 08, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Agave nectar is mostly fructose. Fructose is toxic. This is bad advice.

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:30 PM

I'm with Wil. Agave Nectar, often thrown out there as a healthy sugar alternative, is 90% pure fructose. Nothing healthy about that.

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:05 PM

Brown rice syrup is the only caloric sweetener I'd even consider because of the very low (none?) fructose content.

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on February 07, 2011
at 08:09 PM

I have Agave Nectar, but stopped using it because it's basically "HFCS on steriods: just as processed, and with even more fructose".

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:21 PM

I use all of it I can collect locally in the wild. Actually, I think it tastes awful.

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1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

on February 08, 2011
at 10:01 AM

I had serious blood pressure issues with stevia..no thanks.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 08, 2011
at 04:35 PM

higher or lower?

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on February 08, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Too low.I passed out on my desk at work.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 09, 2011
at 06:13 AM

wow, I wonder if it might bother my low BP too...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 08, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Did it make your blood pressure too high or too low?

1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

(2231)

on February 16, 2011
at 02:13 AM

it does that to me too!!!!!

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on February 15, 2011
at 09:31 PM

I???ve been using Stevita brand, although when it comes to pure Stevia powder with no bulking agents, I'm sure other brands like KAL would taste just the same. I bought the pure stevia powder (minimum 95% steviol glycoside crystals) and the spoonable version that has erythritol as a bulking agent to mimic a sugar substitute more closely. After using both for several months now, I prefer the pure powder for all applications.

The pure powder is extremely sweet, and I don???t mind the slight aftertaste. I put a small pinch in my after workout protein shake and sometimes use it to add some sweetness to certain recipes. I am not finding that the spoonable stevita is close enough to a sugar substitute to warrant its use. I do use it for coffee still because I ordered the packets and took them to work, but when my packets run out, I will switch to the pure powder for daily use.

By the way, the stuff lasts FOREVER! I bought a little $5 one ounce container and its listed for 200 uses. (1/32 of a teaspoon). It???s not even half gone yet after several months of regular use.

My conclusion: I love it. It works. It???s inexpensive, and it???s a great natural sweetener option with no known health drawbacks.

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on February 08, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I've found it really liberating to remove all sweet-tasting food from my diet. I no longer have any cravings for sweets, but when I stand in front of the butcher's case, I start salivating. Really.

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on February 08, 2011
at 08:04 PM

I recommend NuNaturals vanilla liquid stevia or Kal liquid stevia. The Kal is great for adding a couple drops to sauces or dressings that need a touch of sweetness. The vanilla is great for coffee tea or sweetening whipped cream.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 08, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I use the sweetleaf liquid dropper. I rarely use it, only for chai occasionally. I guess because it's not really that good. Haha, I think that's a bonus because it weans you off sweet flavors if you associate them with a stupid stevia taste. I hear the flavored sweetleaf actually tastes good, but I've taken to buying teas that are made with cinnamon which has a naturally sweetness I like.

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on February 08, 2011
at 04:50 PM

+1! I hate the taste of stevia! Blech!

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on February 07, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I'm still struggling with the wisdom (or lack thereof) of consuming industrial stevia extracts in place of sugars, but I prefer the taste of NuNaturals liquid stevia over all the others I've tried. A little goes a very long way.

I recently purchased real, dried stevia leaf, and I enjoy it in tea (mix a little with loose tea and steep) but so far, that's all I've used it for.

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on February 15, 2011
at 09:45 PM

I'm skeptical of stevia... Artificial sweeteners [EDIT: 0-cal sweeteners] in general make me a little uneasy. However, for cases where I absolutely have to use a sweetener (surprisingly, these situations are pretty rare) I've started using dextrose ( = pure glucose, no fructose). It's real sugar, but it won't wreck your liver like fructose.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on February 15, 2011
at 09:52 PM

It's not artificial. I grow it in a window in my living room, and grind it with a coffee grinder. A pinch here and there does it. If I mix it with cinnamon, it tastes great!

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

(1902)

on February 15, 2011
at 10:04 PM

I'll rephrase--no calorie sweeteners make me uneasy. I've read that pairing a sweet taste with a lack of calories can be bad news.

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on February 07, 2011
at 09:30 PM

i use KAL. It's the real thing, no additives.

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on February 08, 2011
at 02:19 PM

What are you eating that tastes so bad that you have to mask the flavor with stevia?

Even blander fruits, like pumpkin, taste very sweet to me after eliminating unnecessary sugars from my diet. In the odd chance that I wish to do some grain-free baking, I'll thoroughly enjoy my dessert -- a rare treat to be consumed every once in a while, not a daily occurrence -- trace sugar and all.

If you decide to buy stevia, I'd suggest finding one that avoids maltodextrin and other fillers, so, perhaps a liquid would be best? I've used stevia in the past, but it was when I was coming directly off artificial sweetener use. I can't fathom I'd enjoy the taste of it now, so I can't recommend any brands for you. Sorry.

Good luck! :)

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on February 07, 2011
at 07:51 PM

There is also another alternative to Stevia. I like to use Agave Nectar to sweeten items. It is a fantastic ingredient to use when baking and is quite sweet.

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on February 08, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Agave nectar is mostly fructose. Fructose is toxic. This is bad advice.

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on February 08, 2011
at 06:42 PM

High Fructose Agave Syrup = Corn Nectar.

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:05 PM

Brown rice syrup is the only caloric sweetener I'd even consider because of the very low (none?) fructose content.

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:30 PM

I'm with Wil. Agave Nectar, often thrown out there as a healthy sugar alternative, is 90% pure fructose. Nothing healthy about that.

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(492)

on February 07, 2011
at 08:09 PM

I have Agave Nectar, but stopped using it because it's basically "HFCS on steriods: just as processed, and with even more fructose".

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on February 08, 2011
at 06:43 PM

@mari: brown rice syrup frees up glutamic acid, excitotoxins bad.

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