I got a question recently that inspired this post. ‘Is stevia sweetener permitted or suggested on the paleo food plan?’
So let’s take a closer look at stevia.
Stevia is a herb from South American that has been used as a natural sweetener for many years. So on first impressions stevia seems like a good option as a sugar substitute.
But the first important point to make is that not all stevia is made the same! Stevia comes in both powder and liquid form but more importantly there is white stevia and green leaf stevia. The green leaf stevia is the one you want to buy.
The Truth About Stevia Sweetener
When I first discovered stevia a few years ago I always thought it was strange that something that came from a green leaf, natural plant was a stark white powder?? Think about that for a second. Does that sound natural and good for you?
The fact of the matter is that no it’s not. The white stevia powder is probably the most easily accessible coming under the labels of stevia, truvia or sun crystals. Don’t be fooled, even though the white stevia states that it is zero carbs and calories, this stark white powder is chemically processed. And that makes it a chemical sweeetener!
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it but it does have a weird after taste, kind of chemical???
Anyway the point of the matter is you want to stay well away from this stuff because chemical sweeteners cannot be metabolized properly by our bodies because they are essentially a toxin.
And contrary to popular belief, chemical sweeteners can contribute to weight gain or prevent weight loss. So don’t believe the no calorie, no carb nonsense. This may be true but it doesn’t mean it’s not having a direct impact on your weight loss results!
Any sweetener, natural or not can increase weight gain or prevent weight loss. So for best results if you are trying to lose weight. Stay away from sweeteners.
Still, sometimes we do enjoy a treat, right?
The Green Leaf Stevia Alternative
Now it makes sense for the stevia to be green because it is derived from a leaf after all. The green leaf stevia is used just the same as any other sweetener. It is about 300 times sweeter than sugar so trust me when I say a tiny bit is all you need!
It is true stevia is low GI, contains no calories and has been attributed to aiding the pancreas and improving digestion.
You can use it in cakes, cookies, nut bars, desserts and baking. Not that i’m suggesting you should bake your heart away. But if you want to cook a birthday cake, a dessert for guests or the occasional something sweet, then green leaf stevia sweetener is a good alternetive to sugar.
You can buy this stuff from Live Superfoods and it will keep for a long time in a sealed air tight container.