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What you need to know about nature's sweet secret - stevia

by , 15 July 2015

For if you didn't know, stevia is the “sweetener in the news” these days, if I put it that way to you.

It used to be something most people hadn't ever heard about. But now, it's showing up all over the place! In bottled drinks, in the sweetener section of your supermarket, and on blogs…

But what exactly is stevia? What are the different forms it's available in, and how can you use it?

Read on for everything you need to know about this amazingly sweet plant.

First things first – what is stevia?

Stevia Rebaudiana is a plant in the stevia group of plants. It grows wild in Paraguay and Brazil.
 
The glucosides in its leaves are the extremely sweet part of the plant.
 

A few quick facts about stevia

Stevia is…
  • Super sweet (the leaves are about 10 to 15 times as sweet as sugar, while the extract is about 300 times as sweet as sugar)
  • Has absolutely no calories
  • Doesn’t feed candida (for those of you who have it)
  • Has a glycaemic index of zero (meaning it doesn’t affect your blood sugar levels)
 
Pretty impressive, right?
 
Even well-known physician and author Dr Mercola reckons stevia is a great sweetener. Those of you who are familiar with him will know how picky he can be about things!
 

Different forms of stevia

Here are some different forms stevia comes in:
 
The plant – plain and simple
Green stevia drops – an unrefined liquid form
Stevia blends – comes in packets and is ideal for adding to beverages while you’re on the run
Pure stevia extract powder – a sweet powdery substance that comes in containers
Liquid stevia drops – probably the most popular form of stevia

First things first – what is stevia?
Stevia Rebaudiana is a plant in the stevia group of plants. It grows wild in Paraguay and Brazil.
 
The glucosides in its leaves are the extremely sweet part of the plant.
 
A few quick facts about stevia
Stevia is…
Super sweet (the leaves are about 10 to 15 times as sweet as sugar, while the extract is about 300 times as sweet as sugar)
Has absolutely no calories
Doesn’t feed candida (for those of you who have it)
Has a glycaemic index of zero (meaning it doesn’t affect your blood sugar levels)
 
Pretty impressive, right?
 
Even well-known physician and author Dr Mercola reckons stevia is a great sweetener. Those of you who are familiar with him will know how picky he can be about things!
 
Different forms of stevia
Here are some different forms stevia comes in:
 
The plant – plain and simple
Green stevia drops – an unrefined liquid form
Stevia blends – comes in packets and is ideal for adding to beverages while you’re on the run
Pure stevia extract powder – a sweet powdery substance that comes in containers
Liquid stevia drops – probably the most popular form of stevia
 
How to use stevia
There are tons of recipes online that call for stevia. You can also use it to sweeten drinks like iced tea, lemonade, tea or coffee.
 
Some foodie bloggers also recommend mixing some into warm cereals, or putting some on top of cold cereals. 
 
So – what do you think? I hope this helps you figure out how to use this super-sweet, all natural alternative sweetener. 

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How to use stevia

There are tons of recipes online that call for stevia. You can also use it to sweeten drinks like iced tea, lemonade, tea or coffee.
 
Some foodie bloggers also recommend mixing some into warm cereals, or putting some on top of cold cereals. 
 
So – what do you think? I hope this helps you figure out how to use this super-sweet, all natural alternative sweetener. 



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