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A. Th. Mann says ...
The king of Thailand consumes Stevia to all his drinks and sweet dishes, replacing all sugar. We grow Stevia, dry, and pack it similar to tea leaves, only much less as Stevia is around 300 stronger in sweetness than industry sugar and difficult to measure for unfamiliar people. Too high concentration of Stevia gives kind of bitter taste. In fact does Stevia not have any side effects as someone in the comments meant to relate nausea to nausea. Mate de coca (the yellow tea) can have that, but now Stevia. We recommend Stevia strongly to anyone, but urge to train with the concentrated sweetness. Other than most of those synthetic sweeteners it does not have carcinogen characteristics. You can inquire with us.
05/15/2010 9:02:16 AM CDT
Marrlene says ...
I remember when aspartame first came out. It was a "natural" derivative from grapefruit or so they said. Now it turns out not to be such a great thing after all. I'll wait till the jury comes back in on Stevia. It will take a few years though.
05/15/2010 8:52:27 PM CDT
Jim Purdy says ...
"These purely synthetic compounds do not exist in nature, so it’s no surprise our human bodies may be ill-equipped to handle them." Excellent point! I used to use stevia regularly. Thanks for reminding me to buy some more.
05/15/2010 9:20:31 PM CDT
Caroline says ...
Most of the most available stevia products contain maltodextrin - a known GMO product. Please read the labels because there are other many nasty fillers used.
05/16/2010 12:04:54 AM CDT
Connie Snyder says ...
Hey You-All! I was a sugar-a-holic in ways such as; an inch of sugar standing in the bottom of my iced tea glass; "Had-to-have my home-baked "treats" I called them. When I realized what it was doing to my body, I began acclimating(getting used to)stevia. Now, I LOVE IT-CAN'T BE WITHOUT IT!...use it in just about everything...attempting to get my other family members to see this. I tell them that our training our bodies are like training animals to do something...repitition. Everyone out there...BE DETERMINED...YOU WILL THANK YOURSELF LATER!
05/16/2010 9:03:42 AM CDT
Kim says ...
My husband and I have used stevia for years, I like the liquid and he likes the powdered. I have 5 different liquid flavors and use them in my water when I'm in the mood. If you're dieting the different flavors make such a difference and adds so much to different foods. It just makes perfect sense to use it when possible since we're trying to eat healthy in every other way.
05/16/2010 11:42:12 AM CDT
lila kahan says ...
Is there any other product made from stevia such as sun crystals?
05/16/2010 2:27:32 PM CDT
kay says ...
I use stevia daily and love it. I have never experienced even one side effect. Stevia rocks!!!!!
05/17/2010 1:33:42 PM CDT
Sheridan says ...
WF carries a stevia product called "Sweet Leaf" which is JUST stevia. If you look at "Truvia" and other stevia products you will see extra ingredients (Erythritol, maltodextrin, etc.) Try "Sweet Leaf" if you have side effects with the other stevia brands containing additivies.
05/18/2010 7:34:12 PM CDT
Wanda Nuila says ...
For anyone not liking Stevia.... you should try Agave Nectar its derived from the Blue Agave plant (kind of like a cactus looking plant) it is very good and you only need a "SMALL" amt. Healthy alternative also low glycemic!
05/19/2010 11:47:17 AM CDT
Liz says ...
I've just started using Stevia. I'm diabetic and have been using Splenda. I think Stevia is better for our bodies, but, to me, it doesn't taste as good as Splenda. Mostly, I'm using it to sweeten hot tea. Maybe this isn't the best use for it. I'm wondering if others have found this to be true.
05/20/2010 7:23:20 PM CDT
FV says ...
Stevia is a plant and if used as nature intended, without chemical processing, is a wonderful alternative to processed sugar and artificial sweeteners. You can easily grow your own stevia plants, in late fall harvest the leaves, and store. You can grind the leaves to a powder form, or make a liquid concentrate by adding chopped leaves to boiling water strain off the leaves and now you have a liquid form of stevia. Stevia has been used for hundreds of years I am going to side with hundreds of years of the use of stevia vs artifical sweeteners which were only discovered in 1879. Anyone remember Saccharin? Look at all the damage man made chemical food products have done to our society. Artificial sweeteners seemingly make economic sense as they employ factory workers, etc. down the line, but does not make up for the future harm.
05/27/2010 10:54:28 AM CDT
Rachel C says ...
Yes I LOVE stevia and I bake with it a lot. I have a lot of gluten-free, sugar-free recipes on my blogsite using stevia at UntilTheThinLadySings.com. I really like Sweetleaf brand and NuNaturals is absolutely not bitter at all!!! I like it to make a lemonade (I posted it) and I use it in my coffee too.
05/28/2010 11:18:05 AM CDT
judy says ...
Anne, The reaction you had sounds like Truvia brand and not pure stevia. I have the same reaction to Truvia but have been using "real" stevia for almost 12 years with no side effects at all!
06/23/2010 10:20:05 AM CDT
JeffS says ...
Marriene, aspartame was an ant poison before it was ever a sweetener. Any "natural" image was marketing lies. I would personally be just as wary about Truvia, another in a long line of manufactured "foods". There's always a downside. I'm sure the next stevia news story will be the rainforests that are being cut down to feed our sweet tooths.
07/11/2010 9:57:40 PM CDT
America says ...
is it better to use the plant itself? can I grow it in southern California?
09/28/2010 2:45:51 PM CDT
Ann Beckett says ...
I am just recovering from eight weeks of severe explosive diarrhea, painful cramping, bloating, gas as a result of drinking one or two Zevia colas a day. As someone who does no added sugars, I was really happy to find Zevia. I even called the company and queried them about the purity of the ingredients. My doctor couldn't figure out what was going on since tests for parasites and bacterial infection came back negative. Finally I thought, what have I done differently these eight weeks and the answer was Zevia. I eat a really, really clean, almost all organic diet, so it wasn't hard to isolate once I asked the question. I stopped the cola and within a day the symptoms began to clear. I waited five days and drank one cola in the evening. In the morning the symptoms were back. With regret I dumped all my Zevias down the drain. It's five days later again and my gut is effectively back to normal. You read that erythritol doesn't cause gastric symptoms, yet if you research it on the net, you find myriad people documenting these symptoms as a result of consuming Truvia, which is Cargill's tabletop sweetener marketed as if it were 'true stevia', but which is mostly erythritol combined with a small amount of one fraction of stevia. I can't figure out how much of this same stevia fraction (reb A), is in Zevia cola, but the erythritol content is 10-13 g, depending on which Zevia flavor soda you're talking about. Erythritol is made from corn, so I also wonder about the GMO issue. Zevia's being touted on raw food and other health sites and until I had this experience I would have been right in there cheering. Clearly now it's off limits for me, but even if you're not someone whose gut reacts this drastically to erythritol, there may be other questions to ask about the healthfulness reb A and the reb A/erythritol combo. Like the GMO question.
10/11/2010 1:37:11 PM CDT
Jon says ...
Someone wanted more info on Erythritol...here you go: Erythritol ((2R,3S)-butane-1,2,3,4-tetraol) is a natural sugar alcohol (a type of sugar substitute) which has been approved for use in the United States[1] and throughout much of the world. It was discovered in 1848 by British chemist John Stenhouse.[2] It occurs naturally in fruits and fermented foods [3]. At the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeast, Moniliella pollinis[1]. It is 60–70% as sweet as table sugar yet it is almost non-caloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is absorbed by the body, therefore unlikely to cause gastric side effects unlike other sugar alcohols. Under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements, it has a caloric value of 0.2 kilocalories per gram (95% less than sugar and other carbohydrates), though nutritional labelling varies from country to country—some countries like Japan label it as zero-calorie, while European Union regulations currently label it and all other sugar alcohols at 2.4 kcal/g.
10/18/2010 3:08:35 PM CDT
http://www.BarleyDistributor.com says ...
I heard you can use it as a facial mask. I would like to try it for that.
11/17/2010 9:33:20 PM CST
Sue says ...
KAL is the only brand of stevia that is good tasting I think. If you have tried stevia and didn't like it.........then try one more time and buy KAL Pure Stevia Extract. It is good. I've tried others that were just plain disgusting!
02/09/2011 4:49:46 PM CST
Rosa says ...
Hi, I would like to know where I can buy Stevia powder to substitute sugar in a birthday cake. Thanks!
03/11/2011 7:31:20 AM CST
Rosa Pariury says ...
We always shop at you store.I have been taking stevia for most of my sugar substitutes . Do you make have it in different flavors? Chocolate , vanilla, etc? Thank you
03/27/2011 11:11:36 AM CDT
Ken G. Knott says ...
I'm surprised your store doesn't carry erythritol. It's a natural sugar that tastes better than stevia and provides little caloric impact and does not stimulate an insulin response. It is a better alternative than any sugar substitute in the market place. Come on, you guys need to catch up! My second choice would be stevia, but you can use it in your coffee and tea all you want and continue telling yourself that it tastes great. For me, I would rather have something that tastes great and affords the same health benefit. Maybe you folks have gotten too big and can't get out of your own way. It happens you know. Thank you, Ken G. Knott, M.D.
03/30/2011 11:34:23 AM CDT
Terri Nielson says ...
Hi, Stevia is "not" an artificial sweetener. It comes from the Stevia plant. So, I guess many people refer to it as artificial, when it is a natural, alternative form of a sweetner.
04/06/2011 6:03:48 PM CDT
Amy says ...
Truvia seems to be a very questionable product. I wonder why WF decided to include it on it's shelves?
04/16/2011 10:53:19 PM CDT

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