Stevia is a natural herbal sweetener that is approximately 100 times sweeter than sugar. It has a faint licorice-like flavor. One teaspoon of white powder stevia has the same sweetening power as 24 cups of sugar and contains only 8 calories. Stevia does not trigger a rise in blood sugar levels and is an acceptable sweetener while on the CRC control diet. Stevia is available in most health food store and on the internet.
Stevia is stable at any temperature and is useful for sweetening beverages, cereals and baked products. Typically no more than 1/4 teaspoon of the powder extract is needed to sweeten a whole recipe. Use cautiously, as adding too much stevia to a recipe can make it bitter. There are some book recommendations on our site that contain recipes using stevia.
``The Body Ecology'' diet recommends mixing the white powder with water before using. Since the powder is so potent, most people use too much and find it's too sweet for them. It's easier to experiment with the stevia in liquid form. To make liquid stevia, dissolve 1 tsp white stevia powder into 3 Tbsp filtered water. The white powder may stick to the spoon but will soon dissolve. Pour this concentrate into a small bottle with a dropper top and refrigerate it to increase its shelf life. One teaspoon of this liquid solution will equal approximately one cup of sugar.
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And don't forget to try Xylitol, a natural sugar derived from birch trees and other plants. Half the calories of sugar, safe for diabetes and candida, doesn't raise blood sugar levels fast, antibacterial, fights tooth decay, and looks and tastes jsut like sugar! Lisa
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