Saturday, April 2nd 2005
Many people know the natural sweetener Stevia powder from Brazil but how many have used the liquid.
How is Stevita liquid made?
Dried Stevia leaves are re-hydrated with water, crushed or pressed to extract the liquid and the resulting solution is cooked down to make syrup. The preservative used in Stevita liquid is grapefruit seed extract.
How to use Stevita liquid
The best use of Stevita liquid is for sweetening drinks like coffee, tea, milk or other favourite beverages. Stevita liquid is in a convenient purse size dropper bottle. The first thing to remember is that stevia is sweet but not exactly like sugar.
If you purchase a bottle of liquid Stevita stevia extract from a health store add a few drops to a glass of water. Taste it. It will be sweet without the refined sugars and chemicals found in processed sweeteners. Alternate between adding drops of the clear liquid extract and tasting until the mixture becomes bittersweet. Too much and it will taste like licorice. When you get the number of drops to your liking remember that number!
Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
||Green Stevia Powder||Stevia Liquid|
|1 Cup||1 1/2 tablespoons||1 teaspoon|
|1 Tbls||6 to 9 drops|
|1 tsp||2 to 4 drops|
Chart sourced from reversitall.com/steviarecipes.pdf
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