Archive for March, 2012

Sugar Substitutes Not Created Equal

March 25, 2012

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I am a stevia user. I was a user before it was legal. That’s right Drug Enforcement Agency of America, I was a stevia user pre-2008, before the FDA decided to commit to stevia by saying they have “no objection” to it being used as a food as well as a supplement.

And like any food, supplement or drug, with stevia, there is a difference in quality, taste and after effect between manufacturers.

During my trial and tribulation period with this all-natural, high-in-nutrients, zero-calorie sweetener, I was disappointed with the palateableness and licorice-like aftertaste of most brands. And even though stevia is not supposed to have a laxative effect like sugar alcohols do, some of the stevia brands did create an undesirable digestive reaction a few hours later.

So, one day as I devoured information to find the holy grail of Stevia rebaudiana (aka the sweet leaf) I stumbled upon a vegan blogger who mentioned the KAL brand. I ran, yes I really ran, since I had no car at the time, to the nearest Whole Foods. I grabbed the 1.3 oz. runt of the KAL litter, ran home, made a pot of coffee and sprinkled in the precious white powder. Wow! What a difference a brand makes. Mind you, this is not a commercial. KAL doesn’t know I use their stevia, let alone know I exist.

So, if you’re like me, and want no excess baggage, like nudgy calories that make you pudgy, or give you cancer in 20 years, in your daily sweetener, KAL is your pal. Oh yes, and with this one you won’t be tooting your flute hours later. Now, that’s a relief.