Stevia

Dennis1963
By Dennis1963 Latest Reply 2015-08-07 19:08:24 -0500
Started 2010-05-20 18:06:07 -0500

I changed from Splenda to Stevia in the raw.
I have done some research and it seems to be much more healthy. It is not a artificial sweetener, but a sweet plant.

Does anyone else use Stevia?

I noticed it does have a bit of an after-taste, but so did the others at first.


20 replies

Lindy24
Lindy24 2015-08-07 19:08:24 -0500 Report

I've been using stevia when it first came out you get used to the taste and the little bitterness..

JoleneAL
JoleneAL 2015-07-28 12:02:27 -0500 Report

I just bought some Stevia in the Raw to replace my Splenda use. Trying to save the liver. Stevia in the Raw is made of dextrose … corn. Used to raise blood sugar. $$$ down the drain.

http://www.healthline.com/health/dextrose#Ove...

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-08-07 07:48:19 -0500 Report

You can grow you own stevia and steep it in drinks. I have not figured out how to use it to cook with, but growing my own helps cut down on the junk that is added. I still use stevia products such as Truvia or Zing.

Jan8
Jan8 2011-10-07 09:26:18 -0500 Report

I love stevia,I use it in oatmeal,apples,walnuts and cinnamon and nuke it for 2 min.

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-08-10 14:23:40 -0500 Report

I just don't bother looking at what the so-called "studies" have to say about Splenda, anymore, as I usually find they are funded by some company that has something to gain by people not using it. I've never experienced an aftertaste when using Splenda, which isn't true of the others I've tried. My daughters are always coming by with different things for me to try; sweeteners, foods, lotions, vitamins, etc.,which I appreciate, but I've never tried anything I liked better than Splenda. I don't need a lot of sweets, but I will continue to use Splenda or products with Splenda in them when I need something sweet. ;-) Mara

grandmaducky
grandmaducky 2011-08-10 15:22:47 -0500 Report

me to i looked at stevia no i didn't study it but it listed the same as splenda and cost more so i will stay with splenda

VegHead
VegHead 2011-08-10 11:43:23 -0500 Report

This is a great discussion. I haven't jumped on board with stevia yet, although I have grown it; super easy, fyi. I notice that there's a slightly licorice flavor to it. Anyone else? I mainly use Splenda and agave, but the more I look into those the less I like them.

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-05-21 09:18:18 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I will definitely have to talk to my team about this. I have always been told to use Splenda and nothing else for a sweetner. I'll look into trying to also see if I will like it.

SkipT
SkipT 2010-05-20 21:12:47 -0500 Report

It is the only sweetener I use. You will notice that the aftertaste will go away after awhile.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-20 20:55:20 -0500 Report

I LOVE stevia. There are many forms and some are better for you than others, but all are better than Splenda and Aspartame.

We are going to be growing some stevia in our garden. We found a place to buy some plants and we are going to experiment with making our own sweeteners with it. If you have an herb garden, you should be able to grow it if you have a warm climate or if you keep it inside.

petals
petals 2010-05-20 20:40:43 -0500 Report

I am hearing alot about stevia, but I don't know where you can get, can you buy it in walmart?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-20 20:59:01 -0500 Report

Look for it in the artificial sweetener aisle where ever you shop. There are several brands and some are mixed with actual sugar, so be careful which you choose. Sweet leaf, as KD mentioned is the only one that is actually the leaf in powder form. It is hard to dissolve and it can be hard to adjust in baking. Some others also have fiber fillers, and that is a good thing. I use Sweet Leaf, Truvia, Purvia and Stevia in the raw. All of them do different things for how I use them. Some do have carbs, so just be aware.

petals
petals 2010-05-23 15:37:25 -0500 Report

Gabby , which one would be best to use in my tea?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-24 10:19:59 -0500 Report

I use pruvia in hot drinks, as it was kind of formulated to work in heat. I use Truvia or Sweet leaf in cold drinks. Sweet Leaf takes a little extra effort to dissolve in your drink, but it is good and has zero carbs. Truvia looks more like sugar, dissolves easier, but it does have carbs. I think it has 3 per packet, but I need to check that out. The stevia in the raw is good for cooking with. I just made some blueberry jam this weekend and I use Stevia in the Raw for my less sugar recipes.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-05-20 19:22:51 -0500 Report

If you use stevia, look for the "Sweetleaf" brand. As far as I know it's the only brand that uses actual stevia and doesn't use carbohydrate fillers. Some use a chemical derived from stevia, some use stevia and things like dextrose as fillers, some use both.

TweetyD
TweetyD 2010-05-20 18:16:50 -0500 Report

I have used both. I find that Splenda dissolves easier for things like iced tea. Stevia is great for all other applications. My boss is a nutritionist and has worked with many diabetics. He recommends Stevia over all other sweetners.