Stevia comes from South America and, in that region, has been used for centuries for promoting weight loss and supporting healthy blood sugar levels. These days stevioside, which is the element that is contained in the leaves and is 200 times sweeter than sugar, is available in baking blends, dissolvable tablets, packets, and liquid drops. It has zero carbohydrates, zero calories, and no nasty side effects that are associated with artificial sweeteners, which makes it the perfect natural sweetener.
Stevia is a relative of the sunflower, and some individuals will experience a very slight metallic aftertaste. So if in the past, that is what you experienced with stevia, try a different brand that has a higher amount of stevioside. A lot of people find them to be sweeter, without having that residual aftertaste. Stevia, unlike raw honey, is heat stable, so you can use it however you want to. Keep in mind that compared to sugar, it is 200 times sweeter, so you don't need to use as much.
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