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Tamie Spears says ...
BEWARE of Truvia and PureVia - the erythritol in them comes from corn and is supplied to Coke & Pepsi by Cargill. 30% of the corn Cargill grows is GMO! And the stevia in these sweeteners is not the natural, pure form. They have used chemicals to extract just one tiny portion of the stevia leaf so they could get FDA approval to use it. Beware of drinks containing "rebiana" -- that's the chemically processed one. I just discovered this after using Truvia for months. I'm now going back to using natural, organic stevia extract as I was doing before these new products came out. I blogged more info here -- http://tamispears.vox.com
05/12/2010 9:43:12 AM CDT
Robin says ...
I use Stevia in my coffee every morning - I love it!
05/12/2010 5:40:34 PM CDT
Shirley says ...
I have tried the packets of truvia in iced tea and hot coffee. I don't like the after taste. I wonder if the concentrated form would be better? Perhaps it's the additional compounds that are added to dilute the product that give the after taste. Overall, I think the taste of saccharin is less offensive than all the others!
05/12/2010 6:58:22 PM CDT
screwdestiny says ...
I love stevia. It tastes way better to me than those artificial sweeteners. I have not, however, tried cooking with it yet, so I'm not sure how well I would like it substituting it in my recipes.
05/13/2010 1:27:14 AM CDT
Linda says ...
When making muffins I use the liquid Stevia instead of regular sugar and they come out so good. Even my son loves them. When making popsicles or fruit smoothies my son is satisfied with the taste, having had eaten the ones with regular sugar that is a good thing. My parents that are in in there 70's changed to Stevia from the artificial sweeteners which is a miracle!! I do not use the whole packet when using in teas or yogurt because it is so sweet. Thumbs up for Stevia changed my life!!
05/13/2010 4:54:16 AM CDT
Wendy says ...
How do we use the plant form. Do you dry it in the microwave, or use the leaf like a mint?
05/13/2010 5:57:48 AM CDT
BJ Michaelson says ...
My family and I have been using Stevia for years and love the taste. We avoid sugar as much as possible. It shuts the immune system down and is the root cause of many illnesses. It is among the 3 great whites to avoid: sugar, salt, & white bleached flour. Stevia is sweeter than sugar. I carry packs in my purse for tea and coffee when I am out, and I cook with it at home in powder & liquid form. It makes life SWEET!
05/13/2010 6:47:41 AM CDT
rhonda says ...
I have tried Truvia but did not like it. I thought it was bitter and had a bad after taste. I guess it is what you get use to, because I don not think the artifical sweetners have this bitterness or after tste.
05/13/2010 7:41:30 AM CDT
Robert says ...
What is "Stevia Extract IN THE RAW".
05/13/2010 8:01:13 AM CDT
Marsha says ...
I have read that there is some danger in using stevia ? Is there any basis to this rumor?
05/13/2010 8:08:00 AM CDT
Laura says ...
I LOVE stevia and have been using it in everything for years! Artificial sweeteners are terrible for your body system and have been connected to a lot of health problems (even increased risk of obesity, believe it or not). However, stevia is great tasting and even has great health benefits. Some recent research has shown that stevia can even decrease one's chances of developing diabetes...how great is that!?! I strongly recommend that you try stevia in your cereals, drinks, oatmeal, etc. It tastes so good and will make you FEEL good (not like artificial sweeteners that make you feel bloated). Stevia is such a great sweetener...I just wish they put it in more store-bought beverages and diet foods...but that day is coming I'm sure!
05/13/2010 8:15:40 AM CDT
Casey says ...
I use Stevia every day. Love it. I especially like the flavored extracts that I can get at Whole Foods. It seems costly but when all you need is a drop or two it lasts a very long time. Much longer than a bag of refined white sugar! I have also read that it can be a great appetite suppresant, so I sometimes add it to my water for the day. I also hate the taste of artificial sweetners and have not used them in many years. But I have a sweet tooth and need something to meet that craving sometimes. Stevia is perfect for me and I am glad I read about it and a little disappointed that it is not commonly known. Also, for those trying it for the first time, do not purchase the commercial brands that they sell in the local grocery. They are all mixed with some other type of filler or sugar substitute.
05/13/2010 8:37:58 AM CDT
Doug says ...
I have used stevia for years. Inspite of what many say the powder does have an after taste somewhat like the blue stuff but the stevia extract -- not so much. I use it in tea and coffee and with oatmeal. Works well and helps me cut down on sugar. Does anybody know if it has any beneficial (nutrient)value?
05/13/2010 8:39:49 AM CDT
SYLVIA says ...
how is it better for us when it is 200 - 300 times sweeter than sugar??? I could never understand that reasoning so help me out ...please ...
05/13/2010 8:41:17 AM CDT
Patti says ...
Five years ago I tried stevia in powder form and did find it a bit bitter, but after a time I found the liquid to be a better medium. I've switched to Stevia Glycerite (liquid) and need very little. My diabetes numbers are much improved. Now, I use it without thinking; in coffee and my morning hot cereal and my diabetes is better for it.
05/13/2010 8:56:12 AM CDT
Aurelia from SC says ...
Have been using Stevia now for probably 8 yrs. and love it! Body can't tolerate sugar so using this has been a wonderful blessing! Would love to see more items replace sugar with Stevia. Would also love to find recipes or some conversion chart that would help with baking and cooking using Stevia.
05/13/2010 9:06:27 AM CDT
Selda says ...
I have couple questions if you may help me better understand please. First what is different with Stevia?. It is organic because it is a plant, I understand that. It is processed, since if I go ahead and chew a Stevia plant probably it would not be calorie free, after processing it becames Truvia. In the other hand,one of the dominant sweetners in the market is Splenda. Splenda's row material is sugar, and sugar is also before all the processing is totally organic. What makes Stevia/Truvia so different? Honestly I would love to learn because I am diabethic and cannot use sugar form. i would appreciate if I can hear back from you. Thank you! Regards, Selda Henry
05/13/2010 9:56:39 AM CDT
Grains of Hope says ...
I use a teaspoon of ground green stevia when I make whole wheat bread. It sweetens the loaf deliciously and, even though it is not sugar, the yeast seems to do well with it. My bread does not do as well if I put in a pinch of white or liquid stevia. I only use the green stevia because it has the extra nutrients that are removed from the extracts. Most of the stevia extracts are bulked up, so read the labels.
05/13/2010 10:02:20 AM CDT
Marilyn Brudno says ...
I've been using liquid stevia for more years than I can remember. I buy the large bottle at Whole Foods and use it in tea and my homemade yoghurt every day. When traveling, I take a dropper bottle with me. We haven't bought granulated sugar since discovering this wonderful stuff! I'm wondering if it has any health benefits. Other than substituting for sugar, of course, which is enough benefit right there to use it regularly. Marilyn
05/13/2010 10:22:58 AM CDT
Paula says ...
If you have hayfever type allergies, try Stevia carefully as you might be allergic to it as I am.
05/13/2010 11:07:16 AM CDT
Melody Garrett says ...
Love to bake with stevia. I bake muffins and coffee cakes with stevia. Using the liquid form is my favorite way to use Stevia. I use it also in our tea pitcher. I simply add a couple of teaspoons or so in the liquids of the muffins mix I make. Love it!
05/13/2010 12:20:14 PM CDT
Mari says ...
I use stevia sometimes. It does have a kind of licoricey flavor, but I offset it by using it with sugar as well. I make lemonade and or other fruit waters, and use stevia as well as sugar. It dosent feel right/normal to use stevia in everything, but it is definitely better than using artificial sweeteners, any day.
05/13/2010 4:30:35 PM CDT
Lauren says ...
I love Stevia! At first I didn't, but I figured out I was trying to use too much... the key is using just a bit. I use a brand that has a miniature scoop inside-- you almost think it won't do anything, but it's the perfect amount. I use it in smoothies, oatmeal, tea, and sometimes baked goods.
05/13/2010 6:02:24 PM CDT
Geraldine says ...
For whoever requested it, here's the link to a Stevia-Sugar Equivalency Chart from the Stevia site: http://www.steviainfo.com/?page=equivalency_chart
05/14/2010 2:08:42 PM CDT
Amanda says ...
I've been using Stevia for several years now. I use nothing but in in my Tea and Coffee. It is truly amazing and healthy plant. <3
05/14/2010 5:14:52 PM CDT

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