Nature’s Sweet Secret
At NOW® we haven’t been surprised by Stevia’s rapid rise to mainstream popularity. After all, we’ve been offering a great variety of Stevia products for more than 25 years, and we’ve always been big believers in this herbal sweetener’s health benefits. Known as “nature’s sweet secret,” Stevia is considered by many to be the best natural sweetener available and is an excellent alternative to refined sucrose (table sugar) and synthetic sweeteners.
BetterStevia® Sweetener Equivalency Chart
|BetterStevia® Packets||½ packet||1½ packets||12 packets||24 packets|
|BetterStevia® Powder||----||----||1 teaspoon||2 teaspoons|
|BetterStevia® Instant Tabs||1 tablet||3 tablets||24 tablets||48 tablets|
|BetterStevia® Glycerite||5 drops||15 drops||1½ teaspoons||3 teaspoons|
|BetterStevia® Liquid Extract||4 drops||12 drops||1 teaspoon||2 teaspoons|
|Sugarless Sugar™||1 teaspoon||1 tablespoon||½ cup||1 cup|
All the Sweetness of Sugar Without All the Calories
Stevia has been safely used by millions of people around the world for more than 30 years to sweeten a wide variety of foods and beverages. Unfortunately, many Stevia extracts are manufactured using only Reb A (short for Rebaudiana A), just one of the many natural components found in whole Stevia herb. However, Reb A extracts are known for their bitter, licorice-like aftertaste, which is why many brands include other sweeteners and even table sugar. While these sweeteners can mask the bitter aftertaste, they also negate or greatly reduce one of Stevia’s main benefits – its low glycemic impact. In addition, all of the other components that make whole Stevia such a healthy natural alternative to sugar are absent from Reb A extracts.