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Who else thinks that Stevia tastes nasty?

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Created May 24, 2012 at 5:50 AM

Just ruined my coffee.

Fail.

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

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on July 19, 2013
at 11:14 PM

Does anybody really care what something taste like to anybody else?

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on January 15, 2013
at 06:34 PM

I love black licorice and hate stevia. :-/

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on January 15, 2013
at 06:18 PM

I dislike the taste of any of the typical sweetners. The only sweetener in my tea that tastes good is honey.

3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

(2392)

on May 27, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Yes sweetleaf is the one I used that tastes decent. Others have sucked...

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on May 27, 2012
at 02:24 PM

I have tried both powdered dried stevia leaves and the brown, whole herb liquid extract. IMO, they both render anything completely inedible. And, even with the purified extract, I only find it tolerable if used with a small amount of real sweetener.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

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on May 27, 2012
at 09:34 AM

not the OP, but the only brand I've liked has been sweetleaf.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on May 27, 2012
at 09:21 AM

Ingredients are apparently: Sucrose Fructose Lactose

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on May 27, 2012
at 09:18 AM

ps, I'm not a real fan of "purified stevia". The less that has been done to it the better IMO :)

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on May 27, 2012
at 09:16 AM

hmmm, not my experience. Have you ever tried the totally unprocessed herb? in leaf form, not powder?

6747a5447a3440b5c87ebf5f2c1e0ead

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on May 26, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Thanks, VB. I have not tried it but will definitely do so if I happen to find some.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on May 25, 2012
at 04:16 AM

I find it excessively sweet, and I still eat sugar. I'll use one tiny stevia packet in place of 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar. I rarely use it for myself because I find it gives me sugar crash symptoms at least as bad as sugar.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 25, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I disagree on black licorice. Have you ever tried natural Dutch or Finnish licorice with no sugar added? It is really really good. It tastes similar to burned sugar. Not the stuff you buy in the states - it is real and it is good!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on May 25, 2012
at 02:49 AM

sadly I tried both liquid and powdered stevia - made my whipped cream nasty - so I went back to xylitol. What brand are you using?

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on May 25, 2012
at 02:48 AM

I've tried liquid stevia and powdered for whipped cream and other uses and still found the bitterness, and aftertaste. So we're back to using birch xylitol!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on May 25, 2012
at 02:46 AM

I tried the powder and liquid stevia (high reviews on Amazon) and was still disgusted. I'm using xylitol because I can't stand stevia.

6747a5447a3440b5c87ebf5f2c1e0ead

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Dates are delicious!!! they are also really easy to overeat :(

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Less is certainly more with stevia. I mostly use it to take the edge off of bitter tastes, but don't use it to go for full on sweet tastes.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:49 PM

It has a bitter taste if you use too much. The tiniest amount is all you need.

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(1029)

on May 24, 2012
at 03:31 PM

what's it made of? I looked at the site and didn't find it?

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on May 24, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Interesting... 'cuz the reason they even make the purified white stuff is because the whole herb is bitter and has a bad aftertaste.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:44 AM

Don't like the after-taste myself, either.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on May 24, 2012
at 06:28 AM

Tastes oddly like Nutrasweet, I hate it in coffee, but find that it works just fine in coconut butter based homemade chocolates, or to very lightly sweeten yogurt.

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on May 24, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I've never used the powder form of stevia, but using the liquid-from-a-dropper form VERY sparingly works for me. I've never sweetened my coffee, ever, but will mix a few drops into a very large batch of iced tea, coconut milk-based desserts, homemade lemonade, that sort of thing.

I can't do much fruit at all, for metabolic reasons. A touch of stevia here and there helps me avoid the inevitable fruit sugar issues (energy crashes, cravings, fruit binges and weight gain).

Edited to add: I've never noticed any aftertaste at all with liquid stevia, to answer the OP's original question.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 24, 2012
at 08:26 AM

I do. Nasty stuff. Horrible aftertaste that lingers for hours. And I did try the green leafy stuff. Still remember it, even though I have not had it in years.

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6747a5447a3440b5c87ebf5f2c1e0ead

(231)

on May 24, 2012
at 08:26 PM

It tastes nasty because it actually tastes like that gross black liquorice candy. You know the kind you used to get trick or treating and then desperately tried to trade away for something even vaguely palatable.

Double Fail.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 25, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I disagree on black licorice. Have you ever tried natural Dutch or Finnish licorice with no sugar added? It is really really good. It tastes similar to burned sugar. Not the stuff you buy in the states - it is real and it is good!

6747a5447a3440b5c87ebf5f2c1e0ead

(231)

on May 26, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Thanks, VB. I have not tried it but will definitely do so if I happen to find some.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on January 15, 2013
at 06:34 PM

I love black licorice and hate stevia. :-/

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87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

on May 24, 2012
at 12:59 PM

The "real" stevia in powdered form is not as bad as the powdered white stuff - it has a leafy green colour to it. In coffee is still not great, but in herbal teas is actually really nice. I make a mean fake champagne with lemon myrtle, peppermint and stevia leaves made into a tea, chilled and then put through a soda stream.

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Interesting... 'cuz the reason they even make the purified white stuff is because the whole herb is bitter and has a bad aftertaste.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on May 27, 2012
at 09:18 AM

ps, I'm not a real fan of "purified stevia". The less that has been done to it the better IMO :)

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on May 27, 2012
at 09:16 AM

hmmm, not my experience. Have you ever tried the totally unprocessed herb? in leaf form, not powder?

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on May 27, 2012
at 02:24 PM

I have tried both powdered dried stevia leaves and the brown, whole herb liquid extract. IMO, they both render anything completely inedible. And, even with the purified extract, I only find it tolerable if used with a small amount of real sweetener.

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411aecb48d3f3f9626b7f04eef8a7619

on May 24, 2012
at 12:50 PM

Yep, the powdered form is awful - try the liquid if you are still in search of a sweetener you can use. I've used it for a few years now and it's MUCH better than any powder you'll find.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on May 25, 2012
at 02:46 AM

I tried the powder and liquid stevia (high reviews on Amazon) and was still disgusted. I'm using xylitol because I can't stand stevia.

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on May 24, 2012
at 12:00 PM

The only time I use stevia is when I occasionally make a paleo dessert, like pumpkin pie with an almond flour crust. I use the pure white extract with no bulking agents to make it spoonable, and I use it along with a small amount of real sweetener. If I recall correctly, the last pie I made contained one tablespoon of maple syrup and a quarter teaspoon of stevia extract. Without being combined with at least some real sweetener, I find stevia unacceptable.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:54 AM

I tried it and not like. Basically, after being diagnosed as type II diabetic, I have abandoned all sweet (and carbs). The sweetest thing I eat is dairy...

My wife bought me stevia thinking I might like it, but after no sweet for a year, it was sickly sweet.

Even before |I was diagnosed, I had a vision one day of giving up all sweet, I was a honey addict at the time.

It's not as difficult as I imagined.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on May 25, 2012
at 04:16 AM

I find it excessively sweet, and I still eat sugar. I'll use one tiny stevia packet in place of 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar. I rarely use it for myself because I find it gives me sugar crash symptoms at least as bad as sugar.

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510386dda5ce4ad7e30096d2fba3ea71

on January 21, 2013
at 07:55 PM

I'm a big fan of the NuStevia brand. I can't distinguish it from real sugar, but ever other brand I've tried has been disgusting.

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43dc6da5605c3f306100b41bbfffabc4

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on May 25, 2012
at 05:52 PM

I think it has a "chemically" after taste. I'm not a big fan.

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712c1d3724f9b6ebfc0eb9b64a803692

(158)

on May 24, 2012
at 07:01 AM

I think some brands of Stevia extract are known for having a bitter aftertaste. I'm not a huge fan either.

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Fdc13ba6625decbb9dc91855ad777957

on January 20, 2016
at 12:11 AM

I was on a special diet where all I could use was sweet leaf stevia. I find the flavored liquids preferable to the packets. Also in small amounts its not too bad, but increasing the stevia to make something sweeter (such as plain Greek yogurt) just brings out the bitter taste. I much prefer the taste of agave or honey! Even saccharine would have been better. But, alas, on this "natural" low calorie diet nothing artificial was allowed. I suffered through it and lost 20 pounds in forty days, and am now returning to my agave nectar with much glee!

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6a135ba52b48dc3546cab6c71b92955e

on July 19, 2013
at 09:22 PM

It's horrid, I agree with an earlier post that says it has a liquorice after taste

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on January 29, 2013
at 06:19 PM

Some brands are more bitter than others. I like NuStevia brand, they proclaim to be "non-bitter". That being said, I prefer xylitol. I actually mix them together sometimes if I need to add extra sweetness or I want a balanced taste. Xylitol has a 1:1 ratio with sugar as far as recipes go. Stevia is more like splenda in that you don't need very much at all, it is potent stuff.

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on January 29, 2013
at 06:13 PM

you also have to make sure you stir it really, really good. the liquid form might work better for coffee.

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A002767506cb19ea3e99f7e7b161f838

on January 29, 2013
at 06:12 PM

If it tastes bitter or tastes like nutrasweet, then you're using way way way too much. You need barely a pinch if you're using the straight stevia (not the little packets that have stuff added). The Kal brand of Stevia is much, much more potent and because of that it is harder to use because you have to use even LESS than a pinch. The NOW brand stevia is a little bit less potent so it's easier to use. You still only need a teeny, tiny pinch though. I have been eating stevia instead of sugar for years and it has helped my health immensely. Sugar tastes completely awful to me now. Any kind of sugar (cane sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, even agave) is not good for you, although some people can get away with eating small amounts. There are tons of things sugars do to the body that aren't helpful, most notably is the build up of candida/yeast in the gut which becomes a very systemic and difficult to remove problem. Almost everyone in the west has this in some amount because of how much sugar and carbs we eat here. Anyways, stevia is the safest and healthiest way to be able to eat sweet food.

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:24 PM

I like Stevia in my baked goods or cacao-mousses, but on it's own the licorice-y taste can be hard to stomach (and I use a de-flavored Stevia)

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74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

on January 16, 2013
at 01:02 AM

I cannot stand stevia. Metallic taste...awful in coffee or tea.

I love me some xylitol!

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on January 15, 2013
at 07:02 PM

The liquid stuff is usable, but I think a lot of people overestimate how much they need. If you do that, it will taste awful. The powdered stuff is awful, and the industrially made stuff has maltodextrin in it, so why even bother?

I drink my coffee black. I don't think I'd like stevia in coffee, but I can drop a drop of stevia on a square of unsweetened chocolate, and it tastes pretty good.

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on January 15, 2013
at 06:59 PM

I have tried probably 8 brands of stevia, and none of them are satisfying. Some have a bitter after taste, some have a too sweet after taste, like Splenda, and the ones without it just don't feel right. I tried using it in multiple things, especially hot drinks like coffee and tea, and I think the main thing that you can't replace is the viscosity of sugar. It has such a nice, coating mouth feel. So for me, it is easier to just go without than to try an alternative, until they can make something that tastes and feels like sugar.

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on January 15, 2013
at 06:25 PM

The only thing it was good for was helping me transition from loaded cream and sugar coffee to black coffee with stevia and eventually black coffee.

Use it as a tool to achieve a longer term goal. There are no health benefits of consuming it, and it actually elicits an insulin response, so it's not that great for fasting.

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on January 15, 2013
at 05:55 PM

It is HORRIBLE! I just returned Vanilla Whey protein that said no artifical sweetner -One taste and I knew something awful was in it = STEVIA

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on May 27, 2012
at 08:46 AM

Boys and girls, not all stevia is the same! Don't go for cheap stuff but branded and you will know the difference.

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on May 25, 2012
at 05:37 PM

I find that I can use it sparingly in cold drinks but not in my coffee. You're right it was just nasty! It still tastes bitter in cold drinks, but it is just more bearable.

In my college biology class, we did a genetic test for the "super taster" gene. You put this strip on your tongue. Three people (including me) in the class were gagging and spitting. The rest were like, "what?" The bitter taste was indescribable!

I've often wondered if that's why some people say it tastes so bitter and some don't.

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9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

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on May 25, 2012
at 05:09 AM

I love the stuff and use it every day. Then again I find coffee and coffee breath gross.

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on May 25, 2012
at 04:23 AM

I love bitters - I probably have 60 bottles of various bitters in my possession, and I really like good tonic water, but stevia, in every form I've tried is vile. The bitter taste covers my tongue, and even affects the roof of my mouth, and is long-lasting. It doesn't do what most bitters do - heighten taste, instead it destroys taste for me. Most bitter tastes gently hit the side of my tongue, and are quite pleasant, and also very transient. Not stevia. It's a thick feeling bitter covering over my tongue that lasts for a very long time, and it destroys other tastes at the same time. I've tried many forms - dry, liquid/alcohol, liquid/glycerin, green leaf, and they are all equally bitter to me.

I'd much rather put an aspirin in my tea.

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F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

on May 25, 2012
at 03:59 AM

sweet leaf vanilla liquid stevia has been the only one I can tolerate

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on May 25, 2012
at 01:55 AM

KAL brand is the best one for pure powder in tiny doses.

Trader Joes makes a good blend in packets that uses rice and silica as fillers.

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3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

on May 24, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Stevia works really well with Dairy. I have never used the powder forms which may be why I have better experiences with it?

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on May 25, 2012
at 02:49 AM

sadly I tried both liquid and powdered stevia - made my whipped cream nasty - so I went back to xylitol. What brand are you using?

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

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on May 27, 2012
at 09:34 AM

not the OP, but the only brand I've liked has been sweetleaf.

3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

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on May 27, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Yes sweetleaf is the one I used that tastes decent. Others have sucked...

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on May 24, 2012
at 07:01 PM

In coffee it's nasty. However, the liquid kind in tea is kinda nice! Althought I have to say... I have since switched from stevia to honey in my tea. I just put coconut milk in my coffee and that sweetens it enough for me (also gives me TOOONNS of energy!)

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:13 PM

I use Whey Low for recipes that call for sugar. It's natural and it doesn't taste like death. link text

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on May 24, 2012
at 03:31 PM

what's it made of? I looked at the site and didn't find it?

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on May 27, 2012
at 09:21 AM

Ingredients are apparently: Sucrose Fructose Lactose

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B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

on May 24, 2012
at 03:01 PM

Yes I agree, it was gross. I'm just glad I had gotten it for nearly free (coupon, yo). Otherwise it seems pretty pricey.

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on May 24, 2012
at 02:23 PM

The KAL brand, at least in my opinion, is the least of the bitters. It took a bit getting used to especially if you're weaning off sweet and not just cold turkey. But once my taste buds changed, or acclimated I find it doesn't bother me at all. Also, watch out for different brands. The package might say Pure or 100% but many times they add fillers and other garbage to take away the bitterness. kAL brand and Sweetleaf are the two we use. Not always, but in a pinch they'll do. And no...you're not the only one! If youre just avoiding processed sugar but looking for sweet then maple syrup with cram and a topping of cinnamon in your coffee is a lovely way to drink it.

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on May 24, 2012
at 12:50 PM

Never tried it,just use real sugar once or twice a week in my natural yoghurt

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on May 24, 2012
at 12:07 PM

I don't even like the taste of honey, let alone any other alternative sweetener. Dates are the only thing that don't make me want to gag for some reason.

6747a5447a3440b5c87ebf5f2c1e0ead

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Dates are delicious!!! they are also really easy to overeat :(

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:39 AM

Yep...not a fan. Drinking it in my coffee now & that does not make me happy.

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