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Stevia and Organic Agave Nectar

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I was wondering on Stevia and Organic Agave Nectar whats better or both fine?

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Awesome answer, Firestorm! Appreciate the nod to real honey and maple syrup. I think they're okay in small amounts. Better than aspartame and agave, at least! Grade B maple syrup (the dark stuff) is sooo good. I usually have to keep it out of the house. Too easy for me to OD on it. ;-)

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on June 22, 2012
at 06:31 PM

KAL brand. http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Stevia-Organic-Extract-Powder/dp/B000Z9ASSK/ref=pd_sim_hpc_3 . Very popular. All over the internet, and in many stores. Also, Stevita brand claims to be minimum 95% stevia crystals, but I like KAL taste profile better.

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Jack, If you've found a brand of powdered stevia that does NOT contain added fillers or flavors, please do share -- because I haven't found a single one yet, at least not here in the States. (In other words, a version that is nothing but dried stevia extract, with no added dextrose/fructose/etc., and with no added flavors of any kind, and which has been "freeze-dried" or otherwise dried at low temperatures.

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on June 22, 2012
at 04:02 PM

there is a lot of good info here for sure, and i agree with the overall recommendation that Stevia is much better than agave nectar, but I can't say I agree with the general recommenation to avoid the powder based on the reasons provided. there are plenty of good powder options that do not contain the nasty additives. that's like saying avoid beef because most beef contains hormones and most beef comes from cows raised in feedlot and disease promoting conditions. Same thing. There are better options. Just throwing that out there in the FWIW category.

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:13 AM

I think I will stay with the stevia as I am liking the tase compared to artificial sweeteners and Agave is just too sweet!

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on February 10, 2012
at 02:57 AM

I haven't had anything sweet in the past 9 days so far so good! plus Day#9 on Paleo and I lost 6.6 lb. already!

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:58 PM

@dar1701, or you could get used to a low carb, low sweetened lifestyle, you know VLC, and then you'll notice you won't need the sweetness anymore, and you'll notice how oversweet things are. Also, you'll drop all the extra insulin spikes, and your metabolism will improve. L-Glutamine about a 1/4 teaspoon can kill sugar cravings immediately while you go through the process.

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Ok thanks I bought both but I will use it in moderation like once or twice a week till is finished. It was a bit expensive to buy and use the Stevia the rest of the time.

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Thanks! I will use the Agave once or twice a week and the Stevia the rest of the time till the Agave is used up!

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on February 05, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Stevia is an herb. It's been used for generations in Europe and Asia, with no ill effects. If you can grow your own, and make your own extract, that's the best option. If not, a quality stevia extract (liquid) is the next best choice. Avoid the powdered stevia. Most of the powders have additional ingredients like dextrose and have been processed at high temperatures, making them something other than a pure extract and more processed food than herbal extract, IMO.

Piece of advice when using stevia -- under-sweeten, rather than over-sweeten. Large amounts of stevia can have a bitter aftertaste, but if only just enough for a bit of a sweet flavor is used, the bitter flavor isn't an issue.

Other thoughts -- again, mankind have used dried fruits, maple syrup (a processed food), and honey to sweeten... I think that, in moderation, any of those might be an option. I use local honey not only for sweetness, but because I use a teaspoon a day to help manage seasonal allergies (haven't had to purchase antihistamines in 3 years because of this, even when everyone around me was miserable with allergic reactions).

OTOH, Agave is an artificially processed, overtreated fructose syrup. There IS no such thing as "raw" agave. In order to create agave, the agave liquid is heated until much of the water evaporates. "Raw" agave is heated for long periods of time at low heat (115-119 degrees F). Regular agave is heated to 130 degrees or more for shorter periods of time -- but in either case, in order to have agave syrup, it must be cooked, very much like maple syrup, making it a processed food. http://www.living-foods.com/articles/agave.html

Maple syrup is higher in antioxidants than agave (which has virtually none), as well as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and thiamine -- which is important if you have inflammatory problems. Here's a good article discussing maple syrup's nutrient profile

Each of us has to make choices, and I think those choices can be based on "how does my body FEEL when I do this?" experimentation much of the time with outstanding results. Over time, we refine. I avoid agave because my body doesn't like it, and because I know it is a nutritionally inferior product if I'm going to eat a caloric sweetener. I much prefer crushed/ground dates, honey, or maple syrup (in that order). For someone else, different choices might provide them with optimal nutrition.

IMO, About the only thing that DOESN'T work is using something that was wholly dreamed up in a laboratory and expecting it to be anything but long-term chemotherapy.

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

(35)

on February 07, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Thanks! I will use the Agave once or twice a week and the Stevia the rest of the time till the Agave is used up!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on June 22, 2012
at 04:02 PM

there is a lot of good info here for sure, and i agree with the overall recommendation that Stevia is much better than agave nectar, but I can't say I agree with the general recommenation to avoid the powder based on the reasons provided. there are plenty of good powder options that do not contain the nasty additives. that's like saying avoid beef because most beef contains hormones and most beef comes from cows raised in feedlot and disease promoting conditions. Same thing. There are better options. Just throwing that out there in the FWIW category.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on June 22, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Jack, If you've found a brand of powdered stevia that does NOT contain added fillers or flavors, please do share -- because I haven't found a single one yet, at least not here in the States. (In other words, a version that is nothing but dried stevia extract, with no added dextrose/fructose/etc., and with no added flavors of any kind, and which has been "freeze-dried" or otherwise dried at low temperatures.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on June 22, 2012
at 06:31 PM

KAL brand. http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Stevia-Organic-Extract-Powder/dp/B000Z9ASSK/ref=pd_sim_hpc_3 . Very popular. All over the internet, and in many stores. Also, Stevita brand claims to be minimum 95% stevia crystals, but I like KAL taste profile better.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Awesome answer, Firestorm! Appreciate the nod to real honey and maple syrup. I think they're okay in small amounts. Better than aspartame and agave, at least! Grade B maple syrup (the dark stuff) is sooo good. I usually have to keep it out of the house. Too easy for me to OD on it. ;-)

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on February 05, 2012
at 12:38 PM

Agave Nectar/Syrup is nothing more than a huge dose of concentrated fructose. Stay away from it. It's more evil than HFCS.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on February 07, 2012
at 12:58 PM

@dar1701, or you could get used to a low carb, low sweetened lifestyle, you know VLC, and then you'll notice you won't need the sweetness anymore, and you'll notice how oversweet things are. Also, you'll drop all the extra insulin spikes, and your metabolism will improve. L-Glutamine about a 1/4 teaspoon can kill sugar cravings immediately while you go through the process.

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

(35)

on February 07, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Ok thanks I bought both but I will use it in moderation like once or twice a week till is finished. It was a bit expensive to buy and use the Stevia the rest of the time.

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

(35)

on February 10, 2012
at 02:57 AM

I haven't had anything sweet in the past 9 days so far so good! plus Day#9 on Paleo and I lost 6.6 lb. already!

1372f4b0e01dad65d75b0eb7ac3ba6f8

(35)

on February 11, 2012
at 03:13 AM

I think I will stay with the stevia as I am liking the tase compared to artificial sweeteners and Agave is just too sweet!

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on February 05, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Stevia = adequate, but longterm effects unknown. Agave Nectar = bad. Use the search box upper right to do a search for both on the site and read through the info.

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on February 05, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Just because it is organic doesn't make Agave nectar fine.

Stevia is better if you need a sweet fix.

Better yet is to get over the sweet taste altogether.

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I think I will stay with the stevia as I am liking the tase compared to artificial sweeteners and Agave is just too sweet!

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