Sunday, December 21, 2008

THE TAO OF STEVIA

It's been no-calorie sweetening the world for some time now, but until now stevia had not been a "legal" sweetener in the U.S. Per Healthnews.com:

"The newest no-calorie sugar alternative, Stevia, is a substance naturally found in the Peruvian stevia plant...With 300 times the amount of natural sweetness of the popular sugar cane we have used for centuries, Stevia has been used in sodas marketed as dietary supplements and in other countries for sweetening treats and other foods but before now was not officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."

So, what do you think of stevia? How about "artificial" sweeteners in general? The Paula Leen team is divided. Some believe natural sugar only and just in vastly reduced amounts (yes, Virginia, there is black coffee) while others are a-okay with a little sweet help from science.

1 comment:

Chef E said...

I just unknowingly used a Stevia Honey in a pumpkin pie and thought it tasted fine...I am not sure I would buy it, but diabetics are always looking for a savior to regular sugar...I use maple syrup or just plain honey when baking...

Great Post...