There is also Stevia in the Raw. Since I don't currently have it in my house I can't tell you exactly what's in it, but the name kinda makes you think it is pure...
I agree, i.e., you would think given the name. However, proving yet again just how insidious the placement of corn and/or its derivative products are in modern processed foods, Stevia In The Raw contains dextrose, derived from corn (possibly GMO corn).
The inclusion of this ingredient also means that, even though Stevia In The Raw displays the PARVE stamp, it's not kosher for Passover/Pesach unless you follow Sephardic law/customs.
Compliant, me?!? ... I even attended a university whose mascot is one of my ◆ Superfoods! What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.~ Titus Lucretius Carus
I too am wondering about Stevia..not the Truvia brand though...I bought one made by Canderel. It has added maltodextrin which bothers me Is it possible to obtain actual pure Stevia ( in this part of the world) or is it possible to grow the plants and extract the sweetness somehow??? Can anyone tell me where you can get vegetable glycerine..i think I may have seen it in the pharmacy...and can it be used in baking?
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Since finding out that I'm a non-secretor, I learned that stevia is an avoid for me. But I used to use it all the time, from the time I was low-carbing until I found out my secretor status about a year ago. I used to buy stevia powder from Trader Joe's. I'm not sure what they currently carry, but I know they used to carry two kinds.
One had some kind of a filler to bulk it up, and the other one (that I bought) was 100% pure stevia powder, no additives. It came in a shaker bottle and "serving" was something like 1/40th of a teaspoon. I can understand why the bulkier version is so popular, since it can be used in similar quantities to sugar (a teaspoon in a cup of coffee instead of a tiny shake into the cup.) There was also a brand of stevia in the health food store that was equivilent, being 100% pure stevia. I can't remember the brand name; the TJ's stuff was cheaper.
I'd bought the Truvia when I wanted something portable to take with me. The small container of 100% pure powder was fine for home use. I've since given the Truvia to my mom, since it't probably healthier than the other artificial sweeteners she normally uses.
I did find a product I could use, that was 100% compliant for me on the secretor verson of my SWAMI. It's called Sun Crystals, and the only ingredients are "pure cane sugar, stevia." Each packet (sweetness of 2 tsp sugar) contains only 1 gram of sugar, while 2 teaspoons of real sugar has 8 grams of sugar. Since it specifies "cane sugar" I know it's free of GMO sugar beets.
At least that's what the product was last year when I bought it. Both sugar and stevia are now "avoids" for me, so I no longer use the product. A websearch reveals that the product still exists and the box looks similar, but I couldn't find an ingredient list online anywhere.
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