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Stevia: A Safe Sugar Substitute


| 3/29/2012 11:24:24 AM


Faith MoserFaith Moser is the creator of eco ike {organic baby t’s + cookbooks full of yummy, healthy and quick recipes for kids and grown-ups}! If you want your kids to grow, live, eat & play green, visit ecoike.com. 

If you are looking to eat less sugar, I have an alternative that might be a good fit for your family. Since going sugar-free (for the most part) our family's main go-to sweetener has been stevia. Here’s the lowdown on stevia and how to use it.

stevia 

First the bad news about stevia: 
• It does NOT taste just like sugar. It’s sweet and very concentrated, but it has a somewhat faintly licorice aftertaste. When baking with it, the aftertaste can easily be masked and you will only pick up the “sweetness” of stevia. But when putting it directly in a cup of tea or coffee, you will notice the aftertaste. So it’s best to use it when the flavor can be covered with other ingredients. 

• It is expensive compared to sugar. A good-quality stevia (and only buy good-quality brands!) such as Sweet Leaf, NOW and Kal will cost approximately $6-$12.



Now the good: 
• It is an herb (a member of the of the chrysanthemum family). If you have a green thumb, try adding this herb to your garden.

hamda
7/5/2014 7:48:22 AM

I would never find out that Stevia has zero calories and zero glycemic index if my nephew would not show me this post, he suffers from diabetes and he`s been using this plant for a long time. I wonder how my favorite http://hurricanecoffeeandtea.com/ would taste if I would replace the sugar with Stevia, is this method going to help me with my weight loss diet?




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