Who can you turn to when you need a sweet sensation without guilt and without the big dive into sadness and missing them afterward?
Years ago, I met someone who gave me just that. Lots of others lingered on the store shelves--in colorful boxes, boasting of a relationship many dream about. But it all seemed a bit too synthetic for me, until I met Stevia.
Stevia rebaudiana is a plant, whose leaves have been used for 1500 years in South America to sweeten Yerba Mate and provide medicine and the sweet sensation--without the effects of sugar.
The extract is many times sweeter than sugar and resistant to heat.
The Japanese have been using it since the 70s as a sweetener and Europe approved it for use in the last ten years. The US doubled back on approval and then approved it again.
Stevia shows no adverse side effects in studies when administered by mouth and in quantities that represent what a human would want to ingest in a day, per kilogram of their weight.
Other sugar substitutes are out there, but I love Stevia and have been using it for 20 years, particularly KAL brand. I don't make any proceeds to say this. I just want to suggest the brand I found that is most potent and with the least aftertaste. The Stevia for sale on most grocery store shelves, by comparison, is diluted with fillers and packaged to encourage sales more than satisfaction, in my opinion.
So that's a little story about me and Stevia. I hope you liked it and might consider trying it for yourself. I've enjoyed the sweet life without the calories and blood sugar spikes for so many years and in many foods and beverages.