No Stevia in your Stevia?
There’s no stevia in your stevia, but how could that be? Unless you call 1% stevia in your stevia to be stevia in your stevia! Sorry for that sentence, it just sounds funny and quite true said that way.The public’s awareness of stevia has grown with the search for natural low calorie sweeteners and low carb products. Manufacturers are taking advantage of this by creating products that have 1% stevia in them and the other 99% is a cheaper low calorie sweetener that may contribute to bowel discomfort in some people. Not all.Many “health conscious” people believe that any product that contains stevia must be healthier for them than to use good old fashioned sugar. I agree that too much sugar is detrimental to a person’s health, but should you substitute it with something that you truly don’t understand and still triggers and insulin response?The main problem with most “Stevia” products is they contain dextrose, erythritol, maltodextrin or inulin in addition to the non-existent stevia or 1% stevia. The dextrose, erythritol, maltodextrin and inulin can cause gastrointestinal upset and discomfort in some people. Not all, but some. Are you one of them?Truvia is a combination of erythritol, rebaudiana A, and natural flavors. Truvia is not safe because the erythritol is NOT derived from wonderful fresh fruits as the label implies, but it comes from genetically modified (GMO) corn. There is NO stevia in Truvia. A particular molecule from the stevia plant, called rebaudiana A, is in Truvia. Rebaudiana A makes up one half of one percent of the product. The rebaudiana A in Truvia comes from China and is also GMO. The natural flavors in Truvia are not exactly natural. They are the artificial equivalent of “natural flavors”. The FDA allows this deception. Truvia is made by Coca Cola. Truvia, Purevia, Zerose, Zsweet are all brand names for similar products that DO NOT contain stevia. Avoid them.Stevia in the Raw contains dextrose and 1% stevia leaf extract.Organic stevia from Sweet Leaf contains inulin and 1% stevia extract.Organic stevia from Wholesome contains inulin and rebaudiana A (not stevia).One Whole Foods Market version of stevia contains rice maltodextrin and 1% stevia extract.Now for the good news. If you have read this far, there actually are products that are pure stevia.Whole Foods does have a product that actually only has stevia in itas does the liquid version of the same product. Only stevia. Read ingredients!Sweet Leaf Liquid has it partially figured out. Just stevia AND natural flavors that aren’t so natural as I mentioned above.Stevita Brand stevia is an organic natural extract of stevia that comes in a liquid and a powder with xylitol which is good against cavities and no weird after-taste like other mixers. Powdered extract of stevia is so strong it needs to be mixed with something else to be able to handle and measure effectively. Even the liquid uses distilled water.Stevita Brand does have Simply Stevia powder with nothing mixed in and comes in very small packets but it’s more expensive and hard to measure for cooking. They also have naturally good flavored liquids too and bulk stevia for cooking.So, the bottom line here is to be careful with your stevia products. Not everyone using stevia will have gastrointestinal discomfort when using a stevia product. But you might.
If you do, your best bet is Stevita Brand stevia. That’s why that’s the one we sell in the office! We also think it tastes the best.