Why is Stevia so expensive! Any cheap healthy sugar substitutes out there!?!?!?!

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    Jan 08, 2015 12:47 PM GMT
    I love sugar too much icon_sad.gif
  • MikeW

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    Jan 08, 2015 2:08 PM GMT
    Don't know what you want to use if for but NOW Foods Better Stevia Original Liquid Extract, 8 Ounce Bottle, is $16.19 on Amazon.. I put it in smaller dropper bottles I can cary with me and it lasts for months. A little goes a long way.
  • WhoDey

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    Jan 08, 2015 2:12 PM GMT
    Sugar substitute will kill you.

    Use real sugar!!!
  • Suetonius

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    Jan 08, 2015 4:21 PM GMT
    WhoDey saidSugar substitute will kill you.

    Use real sugar!!!

    "Real sugar" (and any fructose containing product other than real fruit) causes diabetes and fatty liver disease.
  • Suetonius

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    Jan 08, 2015 4:22 PM GMT
    Stevia is relatively cheap at Costco.
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    Jan 08, 2015 4:23 PM GMT
    apparently 1 kg is over $100, thats insane!
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    Jan 08, 2015 4:48 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidapparently 1 kg is over $100, thats insane!


    If you're hooked on sugar, as in sprinkling it over Sugar Pops or Frosted Flakes, there's not much than can be said, but if you're looking to reduce it in other foods you eat, just add MUCH smaller amounts until you find our sweet spot. I'm an iced tea freak and find that 1 tsp. per 48 ozs. added to my strong, home brewed English/Irish Breakfast is just fine. Also, rinse canned veggies before using them; there's a fair amount of sugar in those, too, and you'll get rid of the usually excessive amounts of salt as well.
  • WhoDey

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    Jan 08, 2015 5:08 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    WhoDey saidSugar substitute will kill you.

    Use real sugar!!!

    "Real sugar" (and any fructose containing product other than real fruit) causes diabetes and fatty liver disease.


    Sugar substitutes have been linked to cancer, mental retardation, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes.

    (And fructose containing products other than real fruit is not real sugar)
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    Jan 08, 2015 5:31 PM GMT
    Why not use honey instead. Or even real maple syrup!
  • mybud

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    Jan 08, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    I sweeten food by putting my pinky finger in it.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 08, 2015 6:39 PM GMT
    I tried it once ... taste's gross
    Honey tastes better
  • Defiant

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    Jan 08, 2015 6:44 PM GMT
    Try not eating sugar at all for a while, afterwards everything tastes sweet (... even bread :/ ).
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    Jan 08, 2015 6:58 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    WhoDey saidSugar substitute will kill you.

    Use real sugar!!!

    "Real sugar" (and any fructose containing product other than real fruit) causes diabetes and fatty liver disease.



    Seriously?? Modify that comment to "excessive use of real sugar...." and I'd take you seriously. (not talking about the fructose remark) because apparently you've taken that from some health magazine/article, but as usual the context is missing.


    Just like "money is the root of all evil" is quotation is wrong.


    "The LOVE OF money is the root of all evil" is the actual quote.


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    Jan 08, 2015 7:11 PM GMT
    i tried it way back:
    it took >50 drops of Stevia to make a difference, the stuff i bought was not very concentrate. Should be 200-300 times sweeter than sugar but has an after taste.

    stevia is derived organically; some sort of chrysanthemum. no a lot of negative heath concerns with the product.
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    Jan 08, 2015 7:18 PM GMT
    WhoDey saidSugar substitutes have been linked to cancer, mental retardation, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes.

    As well as sterility, baldness, gonorrhea, cleft palate, mental illness, onanism, ulcers, dandruff, club feet, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, methanol toxicity, blindness, spasms, shooting pains, seizures, headaches, depression, anxiety, memory loss, birth defects, death, etc. The full list is very long and mind-boggling.
  • LJay

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    Jan 08, 2015 7:19 PM GMT
    Suetonius, sugar does not cause diabetes. It aggravates they symptoms of it. Though scientists are working on it, the real cause of diabetes is unknown.
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    Jan 08, 2015 7:21 PM GMT
    If you think stevia is expensive, try monk fruit extract. I make a big mug of hot chocolate from scratch every morning and in order to hedge my bets taste-wise I use equal amounts of stevia, monk fruit extract, and Splenda.
  • LJay

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    Jan 08, 2015 7:26 PM GMT
    OP, being a diabetic, I have done a lot of looking for sugar substitutes. I have yet to find anything that does not have an aftertaste. Diabetes demands that my carb (and therefore sugar) consumption be controlled, not eliminated. It is a matter of selective use. By doing this, I have come to use MUCH less sugar, never sprinkle it on things and enjoy all kinds of things without it. Haven't bought sugar for years. If you do not have a medical reason to limit sugar use, it is still worth it to cut back and to get your calories from more interesting places.
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    Jan 08, 2015 7:36 PM GMT
    WhoDey said
    Suetonius said
    WhoDey saidSugar substitute will kill you.

    Use real sugar!!!

    "Real sugar" (and any fructose containing product other than real fruit) causes diabetes and fatty liver disease.


    Sugar substitutes have been linked to cancer, mental retardation, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes.

    (And fructose containing products other than real fruit is not real sugar)


    You are incorrect about sugar substitutes. The misinformation about them (especially aspartame) is largely the product of this lady:

    http://americanloons.blogspot.com/2014/02/919-betty-martini.html
  • Antarktis

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    Jan 08, 2015 8:09 PM GMT
    Stevia is natural biologic. Just grow it. Reap the leaves and dry them.
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    Jan 08, 2015 8:19 PM GMT
    WhoDey saidSugar substitute will kill you.

    Use real sugar!!!


    Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is derived from the leaves of a plant.
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    Jan 08, 2015 9:10 PM GMT
    I bouy the kroger brand is really cheap, I also use coconut sugar, is a little pricey but usually on sale (at kroger) because no one buys it.
  • metta

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    Jan 08, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    I don't like the taste of stevia. I bought some at Trader Joes and don't remember it being expensive.

    Real sugar, honey, and maple syrup. I have never make anything with ghee but it is good in Indian food.

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    I have also seen apple juice used as a sweetener.

  • Jan 08, 2015 9:33 PM GMT
    I buy a box of 700 packets at costco for 10 bucks. natural and no glycemic impact. stay away from synthetic sweeteners.
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    Jan 08, 2015 11:02 PM GMT
    Guava and raw, local honey are also good substitutes. You'll need to find a local bee keeper in your area and buy the raw honey direct from them.