Not all stevia is the same
- Jun 4th 2014
I use stevia in my tea every morning, it’s the safest of all sweeteners, usually.
I ran out of my favorite brand (Sweet Leaf) and headed to the health food store to restock, that’s when I discovered they stopped selling that brand for a slew of stevia options made by others.
Whatever, right? Not really. Stevia on it’s own is super-sweet, when you can get it in it’s unprocessed form it’s a green powder. It works well except for a thin green film that rests on top of your drink, that’s just the powdered leaf.
If you buy processed stevia make sure to look at the ingredient list. Many have added dextrose (sugar), artificial sweeteners or erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol. This infuriates me, why would anyone be OK with adding artificial crap (or sugar) into a natural sweetener that’s been made for people who have to avoid sugar?
Simple- Marketing, advertising and taste. Stevia doesn’t taste like sugar and it took me a minute to get used to it, by adding sugar it tastes like sugar but isn’t this for people trying to avoid it?
The brand I like uses inulin, which is a carbohydrate fiber. It’s used to bulk up the stevia as one serving is tiny without it. Some people have digestive issues with inulin, so it really depends on if your body likes it or not. I’m fine, in some it causes stomach issues when used in large doses.
The moral of the story? Even if you think you know what you’re buying read the ingredient list, you may be in for a surprise.