The question regarding stevia has come up a lot. I am asked about stevia all the time and it was one of the questions posed this past Saturday. My answer…I simply don’t know. I always say I will be as honest as I can be. Stevia has been around for some time here in the US and seems to be all the rage in certain parts of Europe right now. “Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America to South America. The species Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves.”
Stevia has been used in Japan for decades, the US began using it a few years ago, and now several other countries around the world are also utilizing it to sweeten a vast array of food and drinks. I must apologize, I really do not have a clear answer. I have tried it many times, the taste is just fine by me but I must admit using it does make me nervous, therefore I simply do not. I have researched it and quite frankly not found out much. The only thing that my research has produced is that stevia has been banned in certain parts of the world. That fact alone is enough to temporarily keep me away from the stuff. I’m sorry that I do not have a more definitive answer. So for today all I have is my personal opinion and since many of you have asked my opinion there you have it. I stay away from the stuff since I just don’t know enough about it.
My solution? If you really need to sweeten something before drinking it try good old honey or nothing at all. Just remember, honey and cinnamon is just glorious for the body so why not use that in your coffee or tea? Need it for baking?…Think about applesauce my friends, it is a fantastic alternative to sugar.