I have been doing a fair amount of research into sugar and sweeteners. Over Christmas I got myself addicted to sugar and sweets once again. It seems like this stuff is as addictive as nicotine! I’ve always had a sweet tooth and I hate the thought of giving it up forever. Plus, it seems like some form of sugar (particularly HFCS) is in almost everything! Bacon, barbecue, ketchup, deli meats and much, much more.
So I am going to do a series of blog posts on the subject as I have found some really good alternatives. I’ll start off with Stevia – a very controversial one.
Stevia – When I first learned about stevia I was very enthused. Although it was sweet, it tasted a bit different than sugar, which took some getting used to. Some stevia brands tasted better than others. Some had a bitter aftertaste while others didn’t. I successfully got off sugar by replacing it with stevia. I felt better, had more energy and lost weight.
As stevia got more and more popular, suddenly new brands were coming out. It was cheaper and more accessible and some of them tasted too good. And then I discovered that many of these brands are falsely labeling their products as stevia when in fact they are largely sugar alcohols with a very small percentage of stevia in them. Not sure how these companies get away with it, but they do. So yes, some of it was too good to be true.
I’ve tried many brands and had a hard time finding pure stevia that actually tastes good. But, I have found a couple. It seems to have to do with what part of the stevia plant is included in the mix and how it is produced.
Stevia is a zero on the glycemic index and it can actually lower your blood sugar. It’s great for diabetics as well as for weight loss. With the right stevia you can replace sugar with a completely natural sweet herb – and that is pretty cool. As far as sugar and sweeteners go, this one is on the top of my list of healthy and natural alternatives.
Here are my recommended brands:
1) Sweetleaf powdered stevia (I am not sure what their drops contain as they list “natural flavors” in their ingredients and apparently this wording can include some unhealthy things such as MSG. I don’t know what they are categorizing as natural flavors, but their powdered stevia seems to be straight stevia with some added fiber. https://sweetleaf.com/stevia-products/sweetleaf/
2) There is another very pure form of stevia that you can get that is very good. You only have to use the tiniest amounts because it has no fillers and is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. Here is the website that describes the product in detail and how to order it. https://www.emperorsherbologist.com/stevioside.php
Using pure stevia can be healthy way to replace sugar.You just need to know where to find the right stuff!