Sugar? Stevia? Truvia?

Sugar? Stevia? Truvia?

What’s the Healthiest Way to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth?

It seems like not a day goes by that someone in my travels or during a consultation doesn’t ask me “What is the healthiest sweetener to use?”

My #1 choice for iced tea, hot tea, coffee, protein shakes, water w/essential oils and salad dressings is the herb stevia. Unfortunately – not everyone is a fan of stevia and some say it’s bitter or has a weird aftertaste. To those people – I recommend two high quality brands – “Stevia in the Raw” or  “Sweet Leaf Stevia Clear”   – and I remind them that since stevia is 300x sweeter than regular sugar that a little bit goes a long, long way and if you use too much you can end up with a strong aftertaste similar to artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately – baking with stevia takes a lot of practice, trial and error. And it is not a one-for-one replacement for regular sugar. If you are interested in learning how to bake with Stevia – I recommend that you go online to a website like  http://www.stevia.com/ for recipes that are specially formulated to use stevia.  Also stevia comes in powders as well as liquid – so if you’ve tried one and didn’t like it – don’t give up – perhaps the other form will work better for you.

SO WHAT ABOUT TRUVIA?

Bottom Line: I don’t recommend it. If you turn the box over and check out the nutritional content – you’ll see that the first ingredient is erythritol – a sugar alcohol – followed by rebiana (stevia) and “natural flavors” – whatever that is! If it’s so natural – why don’t you just tell us what it is? The real bugaboo about Truvia, however, is the sugar alcohol which is neither natural nor readily absorbed into the body and can cause abdominal gas and diarrhea – fun, fun, right? I’ve actually had a number of clients use Truvia and say that they didn’t feel good when they ate it or worse yet bloated and had gas.

 

There is a Stevia Product you CAN bake with…

Not too long ago, I came across a product called SLIMTEVIA that I am completely in love with. Besides being great in liquids – hot or cold – I can also bake with it! SLIMTEVIA is a proprietary blend of all-natural ingredients that tastes very much like sugar but is way less in calories. ½ tsp of SLIMSTEVIA has 1.6 calories = 1 tsp of sugar which contains 16 calories.

So what’s in SLIMTEVIA? It is a mix of Crystalline Fructose which is a natural sugar extracted from fruit (often crystalline fructose comes from corn but in this product – it comes from fruit), Stevia, Inulin fiber from Jerusalem Artichokes which is great for digestive health and feeds healthy intestinal flora (unlike Splenda which destroys it!), and Magnesium Carbonate to help keep the powder free flowing. Just like you only need HALF as much SLIMTEVIA in drinks – you use HALF as much when baking as well. If you have a recipe that calls for 1 cup of sugar – you would use ½ cup of SLIMTEVIA or even less. My rule of thumb when it comes to sweeteners is that you can reduce ANY SWEETENER IN ANY RECIPE by 1/3 and not miss it.  To my knowledge, SLIMTEVIA is only available online at www.Slimtevia.com.

 

You will also find the following products in my pantry that I use singularly or sometimes in combination in moderation: locally grown honey, organic maple syrup and organic raw sugar.

 

WANT TO KNOW WHY I DON’T RECOMMEND SPLENDA, SUCROLOSE OR ANY OTHER ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS?

GO TO EITHER OF THESE WEBSITES:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/20/absurd-new-ways-splenda-is-deceiving-you.aspx

http://products.mercola.com/sweet-deception/

 

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2 Responses to “Sugar? Stevia? Truvia?”

  1. Sharon says:

    August 18th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Donna,

    Have to say I don’t agree. I am a diabetic and erythritol is the lowest sweetener on the GI. Have you heard of Swerve? It is absolutely wonderful with no aftertaste whatsoever and it measures equal sugar for sugar. You can bake with it, it carmelizes and is fabulous and no gastric upset.

  2. Donna says:

    August 22nd, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Sharon -
    Thanks so much for your comments. I am not familiar with Swerve and in all honestly have stayed away from anything with sugar alcohol period due to the side effects (diarrhea, stomach ache, gas/bloating). Interestingly I have had quite a number of clients complain of stomach upset or headaches after consuming the popular Vitamin Water which contains a mix of sweeteners one of which is erythritol. But, I appreciate your feedback from your personal experience and will tuck the product Swerve away in my bag of tricks for diabetics who don’t simply don’t like stevia. Thanks for reading my blog!

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