I was wondering if anyone has any experience with using Stevia (Truvia) as an artificial sweetener. I hate all the commercial sweeteners out there. I can't get over the aftertaste, but want to watch the calories. Does anyone have any personal experience with using Stevia? Thanks so much.
By Jess from Hillsboro, OR
Hello. I also use stevia, but not the Truvia brand. I use Sweet Leaf, which I buy in the health food section of my grocery store. Sweet Leaf is organic and does not contain any sugar or anything artificial like colorings, etc. It has a glycemic index of 0, so if you are a diabetic, it is safe to use it. While it can be used in cold foods like iced tea, I find that it works better in warm or hot foods, like coffee or hot tea. I know that some people use stevia to cook and bake, but I have not used it that way.
There are cookbooks available for using stevia. I have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and find that it helps me to keep everything under control a little better. It also tastes really good and I find myself using half as much stevia as I would sugar, because it is so sweet. Good luck with stevia. If you would like to try it but are not sure, why not go to the website and see if you can request a sample of their product to try rather than buying some the first time?
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I have found a new sweetener to replace sugar, called Stevia. My doctor recommended it and I bought it at the GNC store in the Mall. It is not approved by the FDA yet.