I’ve been trying different brands of stevia to see which one I like best. Some are somewhat bitter and some clump in the cup– what’s that all about?? This morning my husband asked why the one we’re now using is not dissolving instantly and completely like the others did, and where does it come from, anyway? I went on-line to check and this is what I found…..
Stevia is an herb whose dried leaves are used as a natural sweetener and sugar substitute. It grows best in warm climates around the world and is native to areas with such weather. It also grows well in containers, making it a versatile planting choice in various climatic locations. I discovered you can even get seeds for it if you’d like to grow your own.
Then we checked the labels and discovered this one has added inulin. Husbands next question- WHAT is inulin and where does THAT come from? Back to the computer for more research.
Inulin is a dietary fiber from a plant that is soluble. It is natural and good for us as well. Inulin fiber has come to be increasingly used as a food additive because it is sweet-tasting, yet very low in calories, creamy in texture, yet completely fat-free, and can even help with the absorption of certain minerals.
As I continued my study I learned that the outer leaves of the stevia plant are bitter, while the inner leaves are not. That explained to me why many people have said they don’t like stevia- it is bitter. Then I discovered many companies use the whole plant including the bitter outer leaves, while a few use only the tender inner leaves. Then some other companies use most of the plant and try to keep it from tasting bitter by adding a sugar alcohol.
As we completed our study, we discovered we like NuStevia from NuNaturals and also SweetLeaf stevia best. I have since discovered Monk Fruit. It is also a natural sweetener from Mother Nature and has no carbs, so is a great choice for anyone on a low carb diet.
TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!
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