... I love stevia. I use a stevia liquid extract from my local co-op. Sure, it doesn't taste like *sugar* because it isn't sugar. It's an herb. But it sweetens things, so a bit in my iced tea, lemonade, oatmeal, whateva.
If you use a highly processed, bleached, extracted form of stevia, then yes, it likely will taste chemically and nasty. I try to stick to as close to the original form of a food as possible, or in this case, an extract from the leaf, rather than a processed, powdered, bleached form.
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9,717 4/8/13 11:47 A
Stevia isn't the same as "truvia", "stevia in the raw" and the other brand names. :) Like everything, it tastes differently to different people. Personally, I love stevia, but there is a difference that I've noticed between Equal, Stevia in the Raw, and Truvia, and even the store brands. Stevia in the raw has a peculiar aftertaste, but I've gotten used to it. Equal tastes really good; I like the smell of it after I pour a packet in my tea.
Splenda gives me headaches, so I had to give that up.
I don't like sweet N low, though many people swear by it.
It's all about your preferences; I did try a diet coke the other day; I used to hate them, now I don't mind it. It's about training your tongue, too; whether or not it's worth doing so is up to you, but you do get used to it.
If you'd rather have sugar, use less. It's fine. :) What matters isn't the individual stuff you put in your coffe, but what you've had at the end of the day.
4/8/13 12:05 A
I agree Stevia tastes awful. It tastes bitter and artificial. I tried nectresse that also tasted bitter and artificial.
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4/7/13 5:07 P
BUNNYKICKS: "Life's too short to have to consume things you don't like"
You might look for plain erythritol. It's a sugar alcohol, not technically artificial (probably less "chemical" than white granulated sugar), and most people don't have tummy issues from it like you can get from sorbitol and maltitol and the other sugar alcohols. To me it has no aftertaste except for the "mouth cool" that you get from any sugar alcohols. (I also feel like I get that from stevia, but it might be just my reaction to the anise-y flavor.) It's on the expensive side, but less than Stevia in the Raw or Nectresse (in fact, Nectresse is mostly erythritol with a little fruit extract and molasses to make it look "exotic.")
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1,724 4/7/13 2:40 P
Thank you all for your input. I am trying very hard to control my carbohydrate intake, and there are a lot of carbs in honey, agave, sugar, molasses, etc. So... I was hoping to find a sweetener that I can tolerate.
I'm trying Nectresse today. It seems better than stevia, but still kind of off. I think the poster below who commented that I'm tasting the chemicals used in processing it is probably correct. Sigh. I guess the approach will be to go unsweetened. Thanks again, everyone.
4/7/13 12:24 P
I find most low/no-calorie "sweeteners" have a chemical aftertaste. While it can be disguised by other flavours (i.e. in baked goods), it really stands out to me in a bad way, when i use it in my tea. So, I don't even try anymore. Instead I worked on adapting to less-sweet foods (someone below me noted, the less sweetener you use, the less you'll find you need, and i fully agree with that).
Life's too short to have to consume things you don't like, even in the name of the almighty diet! Granulated sugar doesn't have *that* many calories... 16 per tsp. It can fit within a daily calorie range quite easily, as long as you don't consume too many "sweetened items" in a day. It's easier to learn to eat less-frequent and smaller portions of "sweet/treat" foods, than it is to learn to enjoy artificially-sweetened versions of the foods you love.
There are certain compounds that some people taste and others don't. It's a genetic thing. I can't remember the name of the one thing we experimented with in high school, but everyone got a tiny piece of paper with a drop of this compound on it to taste. To some of us, it was the most nasty, bitter thing we'd ever come across, and to others it was just paper. I suspect that there's something like that in stevia. I know a lot of people who say it tastes just like sugar, but to me it's like a mouthful of concentrated anise extract.
It may be one of those things you just have to rule out if it tastes funny. As others have said, the granulated brand-name stuff isn't much less "artificial" than other sweeteners anyway, so it's no great loss. If you hate it, just pass it along to someone else who wants to try it.
your stevia is white??? mine is a light green, looks like grass clippings gone through a blender lol.
4/7/13 9:12 A
you're rather correct
you're likely tasting chemicals - the one used to make it white
Stevia is a plant. It's green. Make it white only through a chemical process.
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4/7/13 8:41 A
Truvia's no better for me. I hate the taste of Splenda, too. For me personally I just have real sugar (or honey or maple syrup if applicable) or nothing.
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4/7/13 8:06 A
Ugh, yeah... I tried some of my mom's last week. Horrible stuff. Sorry, I don't have an issue with splenda. I rarely use it, I use the brown sugar blend for baked goods and that's about it. If I'm going to sweeten my foods I'd much prefer to use fruit (mashed banana makes a great sweetener), honey or real maple syrup. I just find the less sweetener you use, the less sweetener you need. You get used to less sweet foods.
Well it's personal preference obviously so hard to say if you'd find other brands better -- I don't live in the US so our brands are very different, but the stevia I use is great! I love it and it doesn't taste chemically at all. So maybe give a few other brands a try. I will never go back to the chemicals (aspartame and saccharin etc) after finding stevia!
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1,724 4/6/13 10:38 P
I really am trying to get away from all the artificial sweeteners. I was happy to try stevia, but have discovered that Stevia In the Raw tastes awful. It has some weird chemical awful flavor to me. Someone advised me to try less of it, but however small amount I use, I get that awful flavor.
It's not cheap, either. Do the other brands taste any better? Or should I give up on stevia?