I agree with Eric, Stevia is the best naturlal sweetener, the only one that doesn't raise the glyemic index. Here are a few extracts from an article I wrote about Stevia.
Stevia extracts, from the leaf of the Stevia plant, have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. This remarkable herb originating from Paraguay is noncaloric. Stevia comes in liquid or powder form. Check the label, as some companies add maltodextrin or other fillers to the powder form, so it is best to find it in its pure form.
It is a little difficult to give exact equivalents for Stevia as everyone has their personal preference for how sweet they like their food. In general replace 1 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon liquid or powder Stevia, and 1 teaspoon of sugar with a pinch of Stevia powder or 2 to 4 drops of liquid Stevia. Start with small amounts, if you use too much liquid Stevia it will be overly sweet and have a bitter after taste.
The goal is to start by replacing sugar with healthier alternatives in order to work towards reducing our intake of sweets over all. Improve your health and make life sweet.
- 7/15/2012 8:41:06 AM