The product we are talking about is
NOW Foods BetterStevia Organic Extract Powder
We've chosen this product because it comes with a tiny scoop. We
measured the scoop and found it to be "close to" 1/32nd of a
When you cook with stevia, you are told that one teaspoon is
equal to one cup of sugar. That being so, there are 16 tablespoons
in a cup, which would mean that one tiny scoop of Better Stevia is
equal to half a tablespoon of sugar.
The problem is this: stevia is potent. If a recipe calls for three
tablespoons of honey, using our math, you would think to use six tiny scoops of
stevia to equal three tablespoons, however, one rule when working with stevia is
to under-use. So instead of six tiny scoops, you might want to try
five, or even four. I also find that when a recipe calls for a cup
of sugar, using just a "hair" under a teaspoon is best. But...there
is no accounting for taste so these rules are more just guidelines.
If you are going to use any other stevia, whether
powder or liquid, you'll have to experiment on your own. However, we
would love to hear from you so that we may learn from you. Write us
and tell us what you used and how you measured it for best results.
Problems With Stevia (or are they
If you are allergic to ragweed (and related
plants) you might have a reaction to stevia.
Stevia has been known to rarely cause
anaphylaxis, but this is more common in those that already have an
allergy to chrysanthemums, marigolds, ragweed or daisies. Those that
develop an allergic reaction to stevia may see difficulty
swallowing, shortness of breath, hives, dizziness, pale skin,
wheezing or weakness. [http://www.newhealthguide.org/Stevia-Side-Effects.html]
There have been some interesting studies that
have shown that
artificial sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin,
sucralose, etc) actually "raise" blood sugar levels, however, with
stevia, the problem for diabetics and people with hypoglycemia is
that studies show it can lower blood sugar levels.
It has also been reported to lower blood pressure. So if you are a
diabetic, you might wish to monitor your blood sugar levels.
Needless to add, but I will, if you are on
diabetes drugs or taking high blood pressure drugs, you should be
careful with stevia. Personally, I'd cut out the drugs and use
stevia, but PLEASE; always consult with your health
care professional before dropping any prescription your doctor has