Stevia extract is derived from the leaves of the South American herb, Stevia rebaudiana. It is about 200-300 times sweeter than sugar without all the extra calories that sugar contains.
Besides it’s sweetening capability it is also a medicinal herb. As a tonic, whole leaf stevia has been used to facilitate digestion, regulate the metabolism, counter fatigue, and help regulate blood sugar levels. It has been found to be safe for use by diabetics and hypoglycemics. Stevia is a wonderful product for people with diabetes who are trying to avoid sugary foods. Whole leaf stevia is also remarkably nutritious as a supplement.
Stevia is sold as a dietary supplement at many natural food stores and online websites. It can be purchased in a powdered leaf form as a white powdered concentrate, or as a green or clear liquid extract. (When shopping look for a brand that contains at least 90% steviosides) It is usually found in the following forms: liquid stevia or stevia concentrate, stevia powder, stevia extract powder (generally the most concentrated sweetener) and flavored stevia products (usually in liquid form).
Many experts believe that stevia is the safest sweetener known to man. Not only is it good for you but it doesn’t make you crave more of it like most artificial sweeteners do and it doesn’t have the toxic side affects. Visit: www.doorway.com for information about the dangers of aspartame.
In fact, Stevia actually reduces the craving for sweets and improves dental health because it is not a source of nutrition for bacteria in the mouth. It also does not feed candida yeast in the colon and is helpful with sugar-free diets. Baking with Stevia is possible since it does not lose it’s sweetness when exposed to heat. The sugar in many dessert recipes can be substituted with Stevia concentrate for a healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners. (most of which can not be used in baked or cooked products)
For simple Stevia recipes to try visit our Sugar Free Recipes page.
Less is more with Stevia, it is easy to add too much! Depending on the quality of the Stevia products about 1/2 tsp. of the white extract powder is equal to 1 cup of sugar and 3/4 tsp. of the liquid extract or 2 Tbsp. of the powdered leaf is equal to 1 cup of sugar.
In some recipes the liquid or dry ingredient amounts may have to be adjusted for the loss of volume of sugar. (this applies to recipes where you are omitting the sugar called for) Experiment with your favorite muffin or cookie recipe first. Try using a bit more flour, oats or nuts and a bit less milk, water, or other liquid to compensate.
Note: Not all Stevia sweeteners are the same. Many contain fillers and you need a lot more of the product to equal one cup of sugar. (Be sure to read labels first)
If you are looking for quality Stevia extract or powder, liquid Stevia or flavored Stevia products check back again.
We will be adding a line of Stevia products for sale that we have tested and have used in our family recipes for years. They will be affordably priced and available for purchase through PayPal which accepts all forms of payment and PayPal is a safe and secure way to pay for online purchases.
Check back for updates to this page for tips on how to use flavored Stevia in your favorite foods, beverages and recipes. It is one Stevia product we use everyday at our house and it has a multitude of uses for those of us on sugar free diets.
Hint: Stevia soda is one of the uses for flavored Stevia. Our favorite flavors are root beer, tangerine and vanilla creme, but there are many more flavors to choose from.
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