Stevia: Natural, Low Calorie, Alternative to Sugar

29 Jun
Sweete - a brand that makes stevia in a "sugar" form

Sweete – a brand that makes stevia in a “sugar” form

We use stevia a lot in our baking and when we make coffee or porridge. This is because it’s natural and it has a minimal amount of calories. We particularly like the sweete brand (pictured above) but find it a little expensive compared to other brands which are sold in a tablet form, so we generally use other brands of stevia tablets in hot drinks and save the sweete granules for porridge. I’ve also heard of people buying stevia plants and dehydrating the leaves and using those in their baking. We haven’t tried it, but perhaps in the future we will do that as it sounds amazing.

Refined sugar is so common, but so unhealthy. There are multiple articles on how sugar harms the body, and if you want to make a change in your diet sugar should be high on your list of things to cut out.

If you do want to move away from sugar, the easiest way to do it is to switch to something similar which is better for you – move to stevia or another natural sweetener. Personally, I’m more likely to stay away from sugar when I have something else instead. It’s easier to say “I’ll have stevia” than it is to say “I won’t have sugar”. This is because your mind focuses on what you tell it, if you keep thinking “no sugar, no sugar, no sugar” you are focusing on sugar.. if you think “stevia, stevia” you will actually be able to reduce your sugar intake. There are also a lot of other natural sweeteners you might also like to try including honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, or molasses.

At the moment on the Sweete website, you can sample this product for free: www.sweete.co.nz. I highly recommend you check it out and grab a free sample.  If you hate it, that’s ok. At least you were brave enough to give something new a go.

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3 Responses to “Stevia: Natural, Low Calorie, Alternative to Sugar”

  1. Leonard Marks July 4, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    great post

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