Stevia is a plant derived sweetener. The level of sweetness is much more potent than sugar.
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Is there any alternative sweetener to Stevia and Cane sugar?
Plenty of alternatives: Honey, corn syrup, glycerin, and various sugar alcohols such as malitol and xylitol. Xylitol (birch bark sugar) is another natural sweetener, about 50% the sweetness of table sugar, with a similar consistency. Artificial sweeteners include aspartame (brand names Equal or NutraSweet), saccharin (Sweet'N Low), and sucralose (Splenda).
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How do you process stevia leaves to a usable sweetener?
I bought some leaves that had been ground up already, you could dry yours then grind in a coffee grinder. Then add a small amount of the ground stuff to your hot coffee. Or you can put some into some water and cook it till hot, or nuke it for a min or two. Extract one kilogram of stevia leaves in a round bottom flask at 60 degrees C with petroleum ether for 3 days. Filter and evaporate the petroleum ether under vacuum, dissolve the residue in Dimethylformamide, extract with 0.5 molar hydrochloric acid, Sodium bicarbonate solution, and dry over Magnesium Sulphate. Smoke in a big joint for a sweet smoke...slurp
What is the meaning of stevia?
Answer Stevia is the short name for a plant that is reported to have its origins in Paraguay and Brazil. Its real botanical name is, Stevia rebuadiana Bertoni. It is a natural sweetener and people use it in place of sugar. In many languages, the name for the plant translates literally as "sweet leaf". Stevia is a sugar substitute that comes from a plant, and has no calories. <a href="http://globalsteviainstitute.com/consumers/stevia-story/what-is-stevia/">What is Stevia</a>
One cup of sugar equals how much Stevia?
Wow good question, Since stevia was banned for too long in the USA it isn't as well known there as in the rest of the world (yet). It is a natural plant sugar that is 400 times sweeter than sugar cane sugar. I have been told that some forms are bitter but I use steviana powder and it is real good. Anyway to answer your question it is probably best for you to contact the company that makes the stevia ( I just call it steve!) you have. I know it comes in liquid and powder but there must be different strengths because I read in one place that 1/2 teaspoon equaled 1 cup sugar and in another that 1 teaspoon equaled 1 cup. And the powder I have comes in packets that say each equals 2 teaspoons (odd measurement choice). I am trying to figure out myself how much equals a cup to add to my powder, flavored drink. I also have made my own lemonade and stevia worked and tasted great in it. I have also read that while it is not affected by heat in cooking and baking, there will probably have to be some totally new recipes created as most of the ones now rely on the volume of sugar cane sugar and/ or the inter-action of sugar with the other ingredients in the recipe for it to turn out well. Good Luck and I hope I've helped.
What beverages contain stevia?
Nutra Resveratrol anti-ageing water is naturally sweetened with Stevia. Stevia has been shown to lower blood pressure & blood sugar. Anti-Ageing Water a DNA Repair Nutraceutical is a Pharmaceutical formulation that contains concentrated amounts of Nutra Resveratrol & DMAE to bring back the skins youthful glow & reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Nutra Resveratrol is the world's purest resveratrol at 99.9% and each bottle of anti-ageing water has the resveratrol equivalent of 1,000 glasses of wine without alcohol. www.anti-ageingwater.com Other Stevia beverages include Zevia Soda, Vitamin Water Zero, Zero calorie Sobe Lifewater, Sprite Green. Stevia comes under a variety of other names Truvia, Pure-Via, Reba-A, Rebiana
How do you remove steroids from stevia?
There are no steroids in stevia. It's molecular structure is similar to that of a steroid. The jury is still out as to whether it acts like a steroid in any way. So far, there don't seem to be much in the way of negative effects from stevia, but it has not been sufficiently tested yet by US standards to have been approved as a food additive, particularly with regard to pregnant and lactating women.
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What is the FDA's status on usage of Stevia Extract in food supplements?
Stevia can be sold as a dietary supplement, but the FDA has banned its use as a food additive. However, in December 2008, the FDA allowed pure Rebaudioside-A extracted from stevia to be used as a food additive. "Rebiana" is the trade name for this product, developed by Cargill. Consume brand names for Reb-A are Truvia (from Cargill and the Coca Cola Company) and PureVia (from PepsiCo and PureCircle).
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Where can I buy Stevia powder in the UK?
Years ago you read about a seed from a Mexican plant which was used as a sweetener NOT STEVIA Any one know what it is?
I don't know if this is the information you are looking for but it might be helpful. There is a cactus plant from Mexico called the blue agave plant. It is related to the lily and is usually found with cactus but it is not a cactus plant. It was considered a sacred plant but it is said that when the Spaniards arrived, they used it to make Tequila. However, manufacturers have found that it is naturally sweet and makes a wonderful replacement for sugar. It is 10% glucose and 90% fructose (a natural form). It does have calories but it is considered a low glycemic index food -- a food that doesn't stimulate insulin production. Hope this helps.
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Can Stevia be eaten on fructose free diet?
Hi, I am by no means an expert in this. Most plants / fruit in nature that are sweet, the sugar is coming from Fructose. This is purely my understanding of it. So, since it's a leaf I'd say that yes it is Fructose. I am not sure there is a way to have a 100% free fructose free diet. The question is how is it delivered. Apple versus apple juice, an apple was meant to be eat with the peel and fiber. When we take out the fiber what is left is just a flavored cocktail of glucose, fructose, and water. Now, how much fructose is in 1/8 tsp of stevia sweetner is a question? But at least that 1/8 tsp of stevia gets you a full teaspoons worth of Sucrose. If Sucrose is 1/2 glucose and 1/2 fructose logic would be it's 75% less fructose? That is if stevia is 100% fructose, which is my question... how much of stevia is fructose? Say in SweetLeaf SteviaClear Liquid Stevia. A lot to think about!
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Where can you buy the sweetener called stevia?
Be careful what brand of Stevia you purchase. It might be a good idea to find out where the company gets their Stevia from and how it is produced ie. cultivated on a Stevia farm or in a lab and where. A lot are being sold in the stores now but just be cautious. You may want to look into Stevita brand Stevia. They actually cultivate their stevia on farms in Brazil which is one of the places Stevia originated from centuries ago. You can find Stevita Stevia products at SteviaSmart.com In December 2008, the FDA approved Rebaudioside-A (a sweet stevioside extracted from stevia plants) for use as a food additive. It has become available in mainstream grocery stores under the brand names Truvia or PureVia. Otherwise, pure stevioside extract (which includes Reb-A and other steviosides) has been available for years in powder and liquid form from natural food stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
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Can large quantities of stevia be used in making cookies?
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How do you substitute stevia for sugar when baking?
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How do you grow stevia?
Stevia is an annual herb. It can be grown from seeds or seedlings. Seeds may be sown in the soil after the last threat of frost is past in your area, or you may start it earlier (about three to four weeks) indoors. Once all threat of frost has passed, plant out in the garden, in full to part sun. Stevia will grow happily in a pot on your deck or balcony but needs lots of water if grown this way. Mine was a very bushy and decorative plant and you can plant them "just for show". Once the plant is starting to bush out you can use the leaves fresh in ice tea and other drinks as a sweetener. At the end of the season, cut the plant and dry for use.
How can you extract the juices from the stevia plant?
Mix together 1 cup very hot distilled water with 1 cup bruised fresh Stevia leaves or 1/2 cup dried crushed Stevia leaves. Put in a jar with a cover. Let it stand for a day, then filter through a coffee filter. Refrigerate, covered, up to a month or freeze up to 6 months. You can dilute it with water if you want. If you have a Stevia plant, harvest the leaves just as it begins to flower, this is when the plant is at its sweetest. To dry, strip an inch or so of the bottom leaves from the stem, hang upside down in a cool, dry place. When the leaves can be crumbled between your palms, the herb is dry enough. Store away from heat and light.
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Why is silica added to stevia?
Silica (just sand, really) is usually found in little packets packed along with new products to absorb moisture, keeping the pruduct dry. These packets usually have a label on them that say something like "don't consume." Well, some brands of stevia sweetener put the silica granules right in with the sweetener so that the sweetener components don't pick up moisture and get lumpy. That way it pours easily. But, there is no warning about consuming the silica. Presumably the FDA feels this is ok, but I'm not sure I like the idea of consuming sand. Some stevia brands don't have the silica.