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| Not Impressed with Stevia |
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Lynda Spisak
Posted on: May 21, 2000
Haven’t been too happy with stevia. Tried twice. First time this green stuff floated around in my coffee. Looked and felt icky on the tongue.
Second time, tried dried white powder package that cost 10 cents received at health store. Tried it in mint tea. It tastes like artificial sweetener to me. How disappointing.
Stevia is not for everybody. Stevia is not the exact substitute for white sugar. It does have a slight bitter aftertaste, and not everyone appreciates have little green leaf bits floating in their beverages when you use the dried leaf powder.
Many people get used to the taste, and many even grow to like it. It is much easier to get used to it when you know that stevia is completely without calories, and is natural. And while it may take a lot of getting use to in coffee, stevia is a natural for sweetnening herbal teas. And unlike artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, stevia is heat resistant, which means that it can be heated or baked without losing its sweet taste.
Stevia is becoming very popular throughout the world. It comes from South America and it has been in use in Japan since the 1940s, and more recently it has made inroads in America and Europe.