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Does any one here use stevia as a natural non-sugar sweetener? I bought some on a whim and it's amazingly sweet without tasting artificial or leaving a weird aftertaste (to me, at least.)
May 3, 2012
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I grow my own and crush it up in my mortar to add to juices. It's really nice. Much easier for me to use than sugar cane. -
And then, after trying it, I learned that it may have beneficial effects for prevention of diabetes and other chronic conditions. There were some health concerns raised in the 80's, but it seems that most of those have been dismissed. Apparently the Japanese have used it extensively as a sugar alternative for a long time, and there is no evidence of health problems related to it. -
So it grows as an herb? That's a great idea. I thought it was expensive in the store, based on the price per ounce, at least. But now I realize you hardly need any to get plenty of sweetness, so a little goes a long way. -
I've used it, it's great. It's a natural non sugar sweetener (not an -ose) and from what I could tell, all of the health concerns were simply an example of the power of lobbyists who couldn't figure out how to make a profit off of it (or didn't want to lose their nutrasweet/aspartame cash cows) -
Yeah, it's a little plant (I can't find my pictures!) and I just snip off stalks and air dry them. Right now, I'm still waiting for mine to sprout. I had one plant, but the ants and aphids attacked it. -
I had the same sense, RudĩϐЯaЯïan. Who knew the FDA could be influence by corporate special interests! <facetious> Also, Donald Rumsfeld was head of NutraSweet back in that era.
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