SweetLeaf brand sweetener
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Wondering if anyone has tried this particular brand of stevia:
I saw it at the grocery yesterday and bought the only box they had on the shelf. All it has in it is Inulin soluble fiber, and USDA certified organic SweetLeaf Stevia Extract. No maltodextrin. It uses a water filtration system for extraction, no chemicals. It's kosher, has no calories, no carbs, a glycemic index of 0, and is non-GMO-verified. You can use it in cooking and baking
I have never heard of inulin before, but it sounds pretty magical too:
It's found naturally in a number of plants, notably chicory, garlic, agave, and leeks (probably not coincidentally, those are all highly thought of as "diet" foods). Apparently it's an alternate storage form of sugar for the plants, as opposed to starch, which is how most plants store sugar. It's considered a soluble fiber in the human body. We don't have an enzyme to digest it, so it passes through most of the digestive tract unchanged. It's only in the colon that bacteria metabolize it, therefore it can cause flatulence if introduced too quickly and it may be problematic if you already have IBS.
The taste is not bad - and no aftertaste that I could detect.
It's also considered a "pre-biotic", meaning that it actually feeds your good bacteria. !!!
I'd like to know if anyone else has tried this. I use a packet of Splenda per day for coffee and think it might still keep my insulin levels a bit high. I want to replace it but sugar alcohols are no better for me. Plus, eating more than a tiny bit of them makes me gassy - sorry for TMI!
I'll let you know how this works out in a future blog.