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4/20/08 11:02 A

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never tried it ,but i use to work bees and most of the honey is been heated to filter it that it starts to lose the thing that make it good for you, so if you can get it raw it has many minerals that are good for you, but when cooking with it 5 deg, less.

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4/20/08 9:36 A

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The big trick to using stevia is to use it in micro tiny amounts. If you use too much (which is very little) you will get a bad taste. I put a whiff of stevia powder in my oatmeal, with vanilla, cinnamon, ground flax seed, and raisins. It is so yummy I can hardly believe it is healthy.
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4/19/08 6:07 A

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I think your best bet is to buy it online. Some stores sell it and only describe how to use it as external form while hinting at it's internal use. It's still a bit tricky to find here in Holland. Only one shop in my city carries it and the label reads "For external use". I do have a back up online shop here to go to just in case the store is out too! I love my stevia!

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4/18/08 5:37 P

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Oooooooh, you're right - it's been banned here by the Food Standards Agency. I had no idea... Thanks for that. I'll stick with agave syrup and honey, I guess!

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4/18/08 5:29 P

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Have you tried a web search. It actually may be illegal in the UK. It is still controversial and I read that some European countries still have it banned. Its one of those things where no one will really say what is wrong with it.

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4/18/08 4:12 P

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Is anyone from the UK and knows where to find Stevia? I looked out for it in health food shops for a while, but I've never seen it. Would be interested to know if it does exist over here!

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4/16/08 11:37 P

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OK cool, Thats what I thought, But I have to ask....





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4/16/08 11:23 P

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365 is Whole Foods store brand name!!!

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4/16/08 11:14 P

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I saw the vanilla flavored stevia, but I just got the regular Stevia liquid extract. It really does last a long time. What is 365 brand, is that the brand name?..Tina emoticon





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4/16/08 9:25 P

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I just bought Stevia for the first time...Whole Foods had about 20 different kinds!!! They even had flavored Stevia!!! Has anyone tried that???

I picked up their 365 brand...hopefully it is good!!! It seems expensive!!! Equal was my last hold out so hopefully I can give it up finally!!! I was using Agave but it does add calories!!!

Thanks for the info!!!

Jackie!!!

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4/16/08 7:26 P

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Stevia is great. I never used sweet and low or the other artificial sweeteners, didn't like the aftertaste. So I was thrilled to finally find it. And a little does go a long way, I bought my bottle in Jan. and its still almost full. I bet it will last through the year..Tina emoticon





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4/16/08 1:41 P

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I used to be a sweet-a-holic, If I can do this anyone can! emoticon Holly



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4/16/08 1:36 P

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Thank you so much for the information on it initially - I am so grateful!

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4/16/08 1:23 P

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I'm so glad that the Stevia is working out for you.

A tiny bit goes a long way. It took me a couple of weeks using it to get used to it's "taste". I was a sweet and low girl for 15 years.



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4/16/08 12:56 P

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I'm just starting the whole eating clean transition (don't even think I've introduced myself yet). I have to admit that I'm adicted to sweets so I am a little afraid of starting then failing, so thanks for the Stevia info!

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4/16/08 12:47 P

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I have used the Steviva brand product and it is pretty good- here are some tips from the website- there are also some recipes you can link to.

When baking with pure Steviva Brand Stevia Powder we suggest you mix 1/8 of a teaspoon with 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce. Because stevia is 250 times sweeter than sugar you lose a lot of volume from replacing the sugar.

When recipes ask for brown sugar you can use an equal amount of Steviva Brand Stevia Blend with 2 tablespoons of molasses added. If you are not using the blend and need a brown sugar substitute then you can use 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce 1/8 of a teaspoon of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and 2 tablespoons of molasses.

www.steviva.com/stevia_recipes.html

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4/16/08 12:43 P

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I use it in my Oatmeal, Tea and pancakes


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I like Stevia too. I've tried SweetLeaf and NOW brands, and I like the Sweetleaf a lot better (the NOW had an aftertaste, I thought). I don't sweeten a lot of things, but occasionally I like some in hot tea. I use the packets of SweetLeaf Stevia Plus, which contain inulin fiber as a filler rather than malodextrin (they use a filler with the powder because it's so sweet that there wouldn't be much in a packet without it). I find a half packet is plenty for a cup of tea.

I also like to mix the powder with some cinnamon and use it as a seasoning for sauteed apples (use a nonstick pan & you won't need oil).

I usually eat oatmeal plain, but if I'm having a sweet craving, I'll add a couple of drops of the liquid stevia to the oats as they cook.

I haven't tried it in baking yet.

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4/16/08 12:34 P

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I bought stevia, both a plant and a powder. The plant won't be ready until fall evidently but I didn't like the taste of it in lemonaide. I need to try it in baking. Does anyone have any advice on what they like to use it in and quantities?

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4/16/08 12:27 P

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I think Stevia is great but you have to experiment at first with the amounts. It is a lot sweeter than sugar or honey, so start with a very small amount and go from there.

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I am using something by SWEETLEAF called Stevia. There was one other brand there and i got it at a health food store - all natural kinda place. I am so amazed at how little it takes to sweeten my coffee and how regular the taste is - so much better than equal and takes less than honey or sugar would - plus its all natural and - what can I say I am a fan!

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I have heard about xylitol, if it comes from a birch source, is actually good for you, haven't tried that yet either. emoticon Holly



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I tried Stevia about a year ago and didn't care for the taste but lately I have been considering giving it another try so I can cut out using Splenda. Is there a difference between brands or is stevia, stevia?

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4/16/08 11:25 A

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I have never used it. Any tips or advise out there? Right now I use a little Splenda (I know, I know--not the best) if I feel something should be sweetened (which isn't often, but every once in a while).

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Great job on your weightloss Sassycat! I haven't tried stevia yet, Have a Great day! Holly



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I tried to find the old post but I cannot - Just wanted to thank everyone for the tips and suggestions and differences between honey and Stevia - I am totally adapted to it and like it more than anything else I have used ever!

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