All Stevia is Not Created Alike

In the world of sweeteners. the possibilities  seem endless.  Pink packets, blue packets and yellow packets.  This brand or that.  Everyone has their own opinions and facts about what is best.  In our company, we suggest Stevia.  Stevia is made from a plant grown in South America, whose leaves are 200 times sweeter than sugar.  Stevia, leaves your insulin levels alone,   However, every box that’s labeled Stevia in the store, is NOT created the same.  Here’s a look at how the brands stack up.

Truvia is made with Stevia and erythritol.  Truvia goes through about 40 steps to process the extract from the leaf, relying on chemicals like acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol,

And just so you know:  :Erythritol is a naturally occurring sugar that is sometimes found in fruit, but food manufacturers don’t actually use the natural stuff. Instead they start with genetically engineered corn and then go through a complex fermentation process to come up with chemically pure erythritol

Stevia in the Raw and Pure Via is cut with dextrose. Dextrose is a sweetener that’s also derived from genetically engineered corn and has a long complicated manufacturing process, just like erythritol,

Other brands include “Nautral Flavors” which means…. exactly…. they don’t tell you what that means.  Manufactured natural flavor can make it  difficult to stop eating or drinking because the flavors they have synthesized will trick your mind into wanting more and more.

Others throw in Organic agave inulin, a highly processed product and some I found actually contain more of that than actual Stevia.

When you purchase Stevia you want the ingredients to say Whole Stevia Leaf.

Of course you could buy your own Stevia plant and some organic vodka and make your own but since most of us aren’t going to go to that trouble,   I recommend  NOW brand  Organic Better Stevia.  It’s Stevia  sans the chemicals and additives.

It all boils down to doing your research when it comes to what you’re putting in your body and at the very least reading the ingredient lists on the products you purchase.  All Stevia is not created the same,  this  info can help you choose wisely.

 

 

 

1 Comment

  • RaShell

    Reply Reply July 19, 2017

    Thank you for the great information! I’ve often wondered about the differences between brands, and even suspected that Stevia may be too good to be true. I usually go without sweetener but reach for Stevia when I want something sweet. Now I know what to look for on the label!

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