Stevia is simply a South American herb and has been finally stated by the FDA to be “general” recognized as safe. We can expect to see it in a lot more health food stores and available for more cooking uses, finally.
Stevia will not only help us gluten-free cooks ( celiac and gluten sensitive) but it will help those with any troubles with their glucose. It does not raise glucose levels and seems to lower blood pressure. Not only that but it does not promote tooth decay and has been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria that like to attack our teeth.
Stevia is 100 times sweeter than sucrose (our table sugar) so you have to play with it in the kitchen. A good rule of thumb is this: 1tsp. of liquid stevia extract or 1-1-1/2 tsp. powdered for each FULL cup of sugar. It takes some experimenting but once you get accustomed to it, it will open up the door for many more delicious meals, especially yummy deserts.
Share some of your recipes using stevia with me!
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.