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Anyone try Stevia to sweeten their coffee?


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I usually use Splenda to sweeten my coffee or Cheerios (or in my fresh-lemon lemon drop martinis!) but it's so dang expensive. I'm considering trying Stevia (which is available at Trader Joe's) because I've tasted it on it's own and liked it (I used to work for a botanicals processing company) and I know it's super strong & only take a little to sweeten just about anything. I'm just wondering how it tastes in coffee. Has anyone tried it, or does anyone out there use it for anything at all?


Thanks!

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i prefer splenda but stevia is not bad at all in coffee, pretty strong so you dont have to use as much!

Original Post by noblerev4040:

i prefer splenda but stevia is not bad at all in coffee, pretty strong so you dont have to use as much!

Good to know, thanks!

I think Splenda is a million times stronger than Stevia. I used to use 2 packets of Splenda in a cup... When I tried 2 packets of Stevia, I could barely taste it. I'd say you're better off using real sugar, just less of it.
Original Post by cellophane_star:

I think Splenda is a million times stronger than Stevia. I used to use 2 packets of Splenda in a cup... When I tried 2 packets of Stevia, I could barely taste it. I'd say you're better off using real sugar, just less of it.

I like my coffee pretty sweet, and if I used sugar to the degree I like my coffee sweetened, it'd be no bueno. Thanks for your input, though, I'll have to see if buying Stevia is worth it just to try, or if I should just keep forking over the bucks on Spenda.

Stevia sweetened my coffee way less than Splenda, in my experience.

I weaned myself off artifical sweeteners a few months ago. Once you get used to having Splenda-sweetened coffee, it's hard to go back to just regular sugar! I just slowly decreased the amount each time and stuck with milder coffees.

I'm not a big fan of Stevia in coffee -- I find that it takes a lot to sweeten it, and the flavor always just seems off. It's odd. So, I stick to Splenda in my coffee.

Stevia is amazing in everything else, though. : ) I really love it in tea, smoothies, etc. It just doesn't taste right to me in coffee. haha, me and my mom were talking about stevia this morning, she feels the same way. We've managed to buy boxes of packets (50 packets/box) of powdered stevia for around 4.99 - 5.99 (Publix and Bloom). I like the powdered stuff a lot more than the concentrate, which is far more expensive anyway.

I really enjoy Stevia, and I do think it's worth it....for tea. Which I drink a lot of. : ) If you like it in coffee, I'd say it's worth it. However, I'd give it a try first.

Original Post by fighead:

I'm not a big fan of Stevia in coffee -- I find that it takes a lot to sweeten it, and the flavor always just seems off. It's odd. So, I stick to Splenda in my coffee.

Stevia is amazing in everything else, though. : ) I really love it in tea, smoothies, etc. It just doesn't taste right to me in coffee. haha, me and my mom were talking about stevia this morning, she feels the same way. We've managed to buy boxes of packets (50 packets/box) of powdered stevia for around 4.99 - 5.99 (Publix and Bloom). I like the powdered stuff a lot more than the concentrate, which is far more expensive anyway.

I really enjoy Stevia, and I do think it's worth it....for tea. Which I drink a lot of. : ) If you like it in coffee, I'd say it's worth it. However, I'd give it a try first.

So I just bit the bullet & bought a box of stevia at Trader Joe's last night - 100 packets for $5.99, not too bad. I've had it in my coffee this morning & really like it! I usually use 2 packets of Splenda to sweeten my coffee, and I used only 2 of the stevia & it was perfect. For some reason, I was thinking it'd have an aftertaste like that of sweet-n-low, but nope!

Thanks for all your input, it really helped!

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I have Type 1 Diabetes, so I have tried every artificial sweetener out there! Splenda is the best, hands down.

Stevia has a weird after taste to me, I can tell that it's artificial. I find that it's worth the extra money to just buy Splenda. Shoppers Drug Mart sells a giant resealable bag for around $11 which I love. But really, as long as you avoid aspartame your doing just fine!

"Stevia has a weird after taste to me, I can tell that it's artificial"

Stevia is a natural sweetener.

Stevia is a natural sweetener.  the first time I tried it I found there was a"artifical" taste to it. I was not happy since I could not stand that in sweetners.  Since then I found some people are not as sensitive to the"artifical" taste and that different baches of stevia can be different by what this herb seller says  http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web_store.c gi?product=X6031&show=&prodclass=Herb _and_Vegetable_Plants&cart_id=8573624.194 70

 

Crazy Sweet™ Stevia Stevia rebaudiana 'AC™ GIIA11'
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 11+)   Super sweet! No bitter aftertaste! This is the best stevia variety on the market. If you tried stevia before and disliked the taste, you will love this new variety. When you try the leaves you will notice that the taste is very clean and incredibly sweet: there is no bitterness and none of the licorice aftertaste typical of other stevias. Its magic is in the mix of compounds that are responsible for the sweet taste. Unlike regular stevia, Crazy Sweet™ is high in rebaudioside A, the sweetest and least bitter of the steviosides found in stevia. It is the result of a successful Canadian breeding program to make stevia a better alternative to sugar.

I only use Stevia to sweeten anything - I swear by it! I would look into Stevia Sweetleaf brand which has many different flavors of liquid stevia... I absolutely adore Vanilla Creme, Milk Chocolate & English Toffee - They all work amazingly well in coffee to make it taste just as the label on the bottle says! Seriously! And while they are pretty expensive for only a 2 oz size... they are WELL WORTH IT! After all your health is priceless... am I right?

No problem, I'm glad you like it (and that really was a good deal)! I'm so jealous that you have a Trader Joes nearby : ) We have to drive to ATL to shop there. It's very sad.

Enjoy your coffee : )

I am drinking that right now actually. Coffee with Stevia that was referred by my co worker. I bought the packets at Trader Joe's this weekend but to be honest i dont like how it tastes. But i know is better for me so maybe in the next cup of coffee i will mix in my splenda fiber with some stevia see if i can get used to the taste.

I tried Stevia but for some reason I feel it leaves a bitter after taste in my mouth. I definitely prefer Splenda. The Splenda & brown sugar mix. It has a bit more caloried (2-5 per tsp) however it tastes so much better, especially on natural oatmeal and  yogurt.

Stevia has gotten a lot better over the years.  I used to find it disgusting but it is so much better now.  However it is NOT cheaper then Splenda.  Stevia is however 100% natural.  It comes from the STevia plant.   Splenda (sucralose) on the other hand is just more chemicals like aspartame and saccharin.  I would steer clear of all those chemicals.  There have been NO official studies on Splenda but just wait 10 or 15 years and we will hear the same stuff we heard about Equal and before that Sweet and Low.

I use Truvia, I've used Stevia before and I like it! Truvia is very sweet (probably the same thing) so I only use 1/2 a packet in my coffee. That means I get a lot of money's worth out of an entire box!

I adore stevia in my coffee, it's all I use. I love SWEETLEAF or NUNATURALS. Those are definitely my favorite. Liquid Stevia is best for coffee but if you want to sweeten your cereal you may want to use powdered stevia. I'd be careful with Truvia though because it has dextrose (sugar) in it! - SO WEIRD! 

Be careful with Truvia.  Basically it is in the same boat as Splenda.  Just like Splenda is "made from sugar" Truvia is "made from stevia" but it is not stevia.  It is not natural.  And it is from the makers of Coca Cola.  Sorry I do NOT trust them.

But there are so many brands out there.  I often buy the Whole Foods 365 brand stevia or NuNaturals in liquid.

I just bought stevia today and I'm happy with it. I will never use splenda again because of their animal testing. 

http://www.blueblood.net/boards/showthread.ph p/3912-the-making-of-splenda-over-12-000-anim als-kiled

 

Please consider stevia, for the animals.

Liquid Stevia (NuNaturals & Sweet Leaf) are AMAZING in my black coffee - no need for ANYTHING but the stevia, seriously! I love that I am turning all of my friends on to it too... They no longer need cream or lattes or anything! They get black coffee and sweeten it with stevia drops, just like me! :) It's wonderful 

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