8 Reasons why you need stevia in your life & Chocolate Pud recipe!

by Polly N on August 16, 2013

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us ergo why so many of us seek alternative ways to still consume the sweet treat, only with less sugar. Well if you are struggling to find healthy alternatives to sugar, check out this article here which lists all the alternative sugars available to you to use.

When I decided to change my diet, cutting out sugar was my first step and the solution to nearly all my sugar problems was and still is Liquid Stevia.

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THE SKINNY ON STEVIA

What is it?

Stevia is a natural sweetener that comes from a South American herb. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, stevia contains extracts that have been found to be high in antioxidants that prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer. BONUS!

What’s so good about it?
Here are some little known facts about stevia;

1. It contains no calories

2. It contains no carbs

3. It has no effect on blood sugar making it safe for diabetics

4. It’s good for the digestive system and can be used by people suffering with candida

5. It inhibits the growth of bacteria

6. It can help suppress sugar cravings

7. It is thought to help lower blood pressure

8. It contains potent antioxidants that counter free radicals and reduces chances of developing cancer & other chronic illnesses in the future

TYPES OF STEVIA

1. Fresh stevia leaves – the most natural & unrefined unprocessed state. A leaf picked from a stevia plant and chewed will provide an extremely sweet taste sensation reminiscent of licorice that lasts for some time.

2. Dried leaves – much sweeter than fresh leaves. Normally powdered and green in colour.

3. Liquid Stevia – there are a few different forms; a syrupy black liquid (that results from boiling the leaves in water); another type is made by steeping stevia leaves in distilled water or a mix of water and grain alcohol. You can also find a liquid made from the white powder concentrate mixed with water, and preserved with grapefruit seed extract.

Stevia is approximately 25-50 times sweeter than conventional sugar but a whole lot healthier and safer for people not wanting to overload on sugar. I must admit, I REALLY dislike the green powder because it has an aftertaste and smells weird so I stopped using that the day I bought it and converted to alcohol-free liquid stevia which I sell in my store here.

HOW I USE STEVIA 

I add it to my nut milk and smoothies

Where I have used dates or raisins for a cake or dessert I’m making, I will add a drop or two of stevia if I need to make it sweeter, without increasing the glycaemic load (ie. the amount of sugar in the bloodstream after eating).

Do you use stevia? Tell me in the comments below why you would like to try stevia.

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Chocolate Pudding

choc mousse

1 avocado

3 medjool dates

2 tbl carob powder

1 tsp stevia

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. For creamier pudding, add some nut milk. For a thicker mousse, try adding nut butter. NOTE: You need soft squishy dates for this so if your dates are hard, soak them in warm water anywhere from 20mins to overnight.

HEALTH TIP: Carob powder is rich in Vitamin C and makes a fantastic substitute for cacao as it contains no caffeine or stimulative properties. Medicinally, carob is used for digestion problems including diarrhea, heartburn, and the intestine’s inability to properly absorb certain nutrients from food. Other uses of carob include treatment for obesity, vomiting during pregnancy and high cholesterol.

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Ruth August 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I find all stevia’s have an aftertaste – apart from the fresh green leaves which I grow. Have you tried making your own liquid stevia extract? Maybe I should try that?

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polly August 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm

No I havent tried that?

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Ana August 26, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I love stevia! I’ve been using it for a couple years now, and what I like most about it is that I find that, instead of covering up the taste of the food I’m mixing it with, like sugar or honey would do, it actually intensifies it.

The only ‘issue’ I have is that I’ve been using a white powder, not the green powder of the dried leaves, because that’s what I found at the store when I first heard about it and wanted to try it. I know that it must not be the best version of it – it’s a long way to get from a green plant to a white powder – but so far, I like it best, even after trying the liquid (not alcohol-free, granted) extract. So I wanted to ask you, do you know anything about it, is it a “worse” version of this sweetener that I should switch out from, or could I continue using it without worries?

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Ulrika September 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

I recommend doing thorough research on the effects before using stevia leaves. I read that stevia had been traditionally used as a birth control and while I don’t know if it’s true as with all herbs I recommend reading up on all effects/side effects before using.

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