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Picture of The Day – 75/365 – Found Some Stevia!

a photo of some Stevia

Finally, life just got a lot sweeter

Let me introduce you to Stevia.

It is hard to give up the sweet taste. Humans crave sweet as an instinct. You can’t help it, it is hard-wired into you. Sugar used to be scarce, so our bodies adapted to crave it. I have read a lot of reports that say it has something to do with serotonin levels in your brain and depression.

Some have even linked the sweet craving to sugar addiction.

I am not going that far. I am just saying that our lives are full of carbohydrates. They are filler, sweeteners, and thickening agents.

Enter in Stevia.

Stevia, (also known as Sweet Leaf,) is a plant whose leaves can be about 300 times sweeter than sugar. The sweetness lasts over a period of time, so your sweet craving is sated for longer.

It is also difficult to find in a pure form. The concentration of sweetness means that 43 mg will sweeten just as much as 2 tablespoons of sugar. They need to cut it with something, so it is usually corn maltodextrin. (AKA a filler/sweetener made by reducing corn to a powder.)

The jury is out on the maltodextrin, whether it is good or bad for you. It really does not do much for my blood sugar, so that is good news.

I will be using it in place of sugar in my recipes from now on.

Do any of you have experience with Stevia? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

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