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Stevia in a Sugar Free Diet

When looking for sugar free products Stevia should be considered.

Stevia extract stevioside used 
in sugar free recipes

Stevia extract stevioside has been used around the world in sugar free recipes for virtually every food and desert product, except here in the USA due to the FDA ruling. Here in the USA the FDA allows them to be sold as dietary supplements so you will not find stevia in commercial sugar free, low carb foods, or drinks. They are fat free, carbohydrate free, and contributes no calories to the diet.

Stevia and stevioside are the perfect additions to a sugar free diet.

In countries such as Paraguay, Japan and China, stevioside is used in low carbohydrate sugar free food, such as a sugar free desert, baking, ice cream, gum, candy, cake, bread, drinks, muffin, syrups, and more. In these countries and others stevia and stevioside is used in virtually all sugar free products. Due to it's long history of safe use and extensive testing.

In the United States we are stuck with synthetic chemical sweeteners such as aspartame, cyclamate, etc. for food use. Both proven harmful, both given the approval by the FDA. Stevia and stevioside can only be sold in the USA as dietary supplements. Even though stevia has been used continuously by mankind since before the Spanish Conquistadors "Discovered" it's use in the early 1500's by native peoples to sweeten their bitter drinks.

What is stevia?

Stevia is a shrub, some people refer to it as an herb. It is a sweet tasting plant native to South America. It is green or brown in color and usually sold either as whole leaf, or crushed leaf. It is not the white powder extract. That is stevioside.

Stevioside Safety

Both stevia and stevioside are safe to use in all kinds of environments. Unlike the synthetic sweetener aspartame, heat does not change their safety or properties. Cold does not change them, nor does acidic, or alkaline. learn more about stevioside here

Use stevia and stevioside to cut
your sugar cravings

Here is a sugar free recipe suggestion using stevia as a dietary supplement to cut sugar cravings.

  1. Heat One 6-8 oz cup of water.
  2. Stir in 1/8 to 1/4 tea spoon of powdered stevia leaf (do not use more than 1/4 or the taste will have an overpowering grassy taste).
  3. Let it steep until warm (5-10 minutes)
  4. Sip leisurely.

This carbohydrate free, no sugar use will supplement your diet. It makes a low carbohydrate, sugar free dessert or snack. Due to FDA rules, we can not provide recipes for using stevioside, but we have a book store with recipe books. If you are looking for a good source of great tasting stevia and stevioside visit Emperor's Herbologist for stevioside. I want to buy stevia.

The FDA has not evaluated this claim. This information is not meant to diagnose, or treat any illness, disease, or condition. You should consult a professional care giver for that purpose. It is presented as is and for informational purposes only.

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