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Old 03-15-2008, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Stevia--natural herb sweetener

Instead of artifial sweeteners, I use a natural product called Stevia. Details are at The Stevia Story: all about the herb that's sweeter than sugar . It's supposedly abou 3 times sweeter than sugar, so very little is needed. I buy it at Trader Joes in the US. It comes in individual small packets or a larger bottle for cooking. I use the packets for my morning coffee or to add to my daily oatmeal. It would probably work well for iced tea also, although I don't use sweeteners in the iced tea I drink.
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It does work great in iced tea! If artificial sweetners give you gas or worse, Stevia is not supposed to have this effect on you!
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My nutritionist said that Stevia is a carcinogen ( cancer causing agent) and that it was removed from the shelves for several years.
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've never heard that and it's mentioned monthly at my support groups. Nurses are there too, and I don't think the doc said anything in that regard on this site or another where I mentioned it. Do some research or ask your nutritionist for facts on this. There are no cautionary statments on the packaging either.
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I do believe the Indians used stevia for a long long time, and I would ask where your NUT got her info from. Stevia is a natural plant ask her about the cancer effects of sweet and low...
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't think there's any need to take a demeaning tone regarding someone else's post or "expert". That's why this is such a nice place. People don't get criticized or made to feel stupid.

About my response to Stevia...

You know I've had a really mixed reaction to it PERSONALLY. After I'd been using Sucralose/Splenda, I attempted to switch cold turkey to Stevia. I was very receptive and excited. Oddly enough, I couldn't taste it! It didn't seem as if it sweetened particularly well on it's own. I tried it repeatedly, using twice the amounts recommented and I just wasn't "getting" it!!!

Then one day by accident I stirred my tea with a spoon that had a little bit of sugar residue on it. WOE!!! All that sweetness came rushing out and smashed into my tongue. So now I use a few grains of sugar and 3/4 the recommended amt of Stevia. Strange solution--but it works for me.

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I like Stevia better than Splenda. My nut recommended it to me when I mentioned that Splenda was just too sweet tasting for me.
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Thumbs up Stevia--natural herb sweetener

I heard about Stevia at a support group meeting from a school teacher. It's a natural herb sweetener, sweeter than sugar, according to http://www.stevia.net/ which has more information on it. I got mine at Trader Joes. You only need a little, as it's supposedly 3 times sweeter than sugar. it comes in indivdual packets smaller than Equal or other substitues (100 packets per bos) or in a larger bottle that you can spoon out for cooking. I use it in coffee and oatmeal on a daily basis. I understand it also comes in a liquid form, and only a drop or two is needed for coffee or tea. Haven't tried the liquid form, nor have I seen it sold locally.
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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We have it at my locally owned organic grocery store. I use it and really like it....my nut said it was all natural and there werent any cancer causing side effects that she could find.
I do keep splenda on hand just in case though.
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I have had the liquid stevia, Sunrider products used to sell it. It is good and you really dont need to use much, just a drop or two.
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