If you have a love affair with stevia, you definitely want to read this. If you’re someone who has tried to love stevia on your quest to give up sugar, I’ve got some good news for you!
Going sugar-free is all the rage these days, and for good reason. Sugar, in all it’s forms (yes, even coconut sugar & maple syrup!), has an endless list of side-effects, including:
Many consumers are finally getting hip to sugar’s destructive ways and making the switch to stevia. But what is it and is it good for you?
Stevia is a plant that has been used for over 1,500 years in Brazil and Paraguay as a medicine for burns, stomach issues, colic and as a no-glycemic natural sweetener. The raw, unprocessed plant is medicinal and very healthy, but most stevia on the market today has been highly processed. All stevia is not created equal! Truvia, a popular “stevia” product, for example, undergoes a 42-step process (!), where toxic chemicals and erythritol from GMO corn are added in. What started as a perfectly healthy herb becomes a unrecognizable, refined, overly-processed chemical that can cause serious side-effects, such as:
Even if you’re not buying these brands, be careful of your favorite stevia-sweetened protein powder or beverage. Chances are it’s one of the highly-processed brands above.
I’ve done the research and the only brand that I know, love, and trust is Omica Organics. It is the only stevia I use! Here’s why:
Omica sells the pure green stevia leaf powder, which is very economical. But I prefer the liquid extracts, as they have a richer, fuller taste. The butterscotch toffee flavor is my absolute favorite, but they also have plain, vanilla, sweet blossom, lemon, and peppermint flavors!
Here are 7 sugar-free recipes using each of their stevia flavors:
What are your thoughts on stevia? Have you tried it? Do you love it? Hate it? Share your thoughts below!
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