Stevia: What is it and is it good for you?

Do you want a natural sweetener that is calorie-free and doesn't raise blood sugar or insulin levels? Try Keto Approved Stevia.

It can be hard to find a sugar substitute that is Keto-friendly with the perfect balance of sweetness and zero carbs. Stevia is an excellent choice for people who are on a Keto diet because, unlike artificial sweeteners, it does not raise blood sugar or insulin levels.

This zero calorie sweetener has been around since the 1970's but it has only recently become popular in the UK due to rising obesity rates and recent studies linking sugar consumption with various health conditions such as diabetes.

What is Stevia?

Derived from the plant Stevia Rebaudiana, and also known as Candyleaf, Sugarleaf or Sweetleaf, it's a 100% natural sweetener that has been used in South America and Japan as an herbal sweetener for centuries.

An alternative to processed sugars, it now it can be found in most grocery stores in the US and has become increasingly popular here in the UK.

Used as a sugar substitute, and often mistaken for an artificial sweetener, Stevia is one of the top 7 sweeteners used in the UK.

  • acesulfame K

  • aspartame

  • saccharin

  • sorbitol

  • sucralose

  • stevia

  • xylitol

Knowing which Stevia products to buy can be challenging, so I’m sharing with you my favourites.

30 Tried and Tested Stevia Products Available in the UK for 2021.

Let's start with powders. Probably the simplest form of Stevia, powders are easily dissolvable, making them ideal for use in hot and cold drinks. A tiny amount packs a sweet punch, so pay attention to how much you use.

Stevia Powder can be used in cooking and baking, but you have to adjust recipes to take into account the lost volume of sugar. A better alternative for baking is a granulated product, which has the same texture as sugar in recipes.

NKD Living 100% Pure Stevia Powder is one of those products where my initial reactions was “How Much??!!” I was really surprised at how little you get - 25g - for the money. It wasn’t until I read the label that I realised 1 teeny tiny gram of this = 470g of sugar!

Supplied with its own little spoon to measure 1g, the fine powder formula really is potently sweet.

Good for: Hot & Cold Drinks, Smoothies, Shakes, Yoghurt, Fat Bombs, Baking.

Sweetleaf Natural Stevia Sweetener Powder comes in a handy 155g shaker, perfect for your kitchen counter. You simply shake to dispense, so no bothering with spoons. It can be easy to over dispense though, so shake gently to avoid over sweetening!

Good for: Hot & Cold Drinks, Smoothies, Shakes, Yoghurt, Fat Bombs, Baking, Over Food.

Granulated Stevia products tend to be blended with the sugar alcohol Erythritol, which looks and tastes exactly like real sugar. Blending the extreme sweetness of Stevia with the texture of Erythritol gives the best result for baking, making this the most popular Stevia choice for Keto baking.

Truvia Granulated Stevia is an Erythritol & Stevia blend that I have been using for years, having first discovered it in the US. Whilst I use very little sweetener now - after 5 years on Keto my taste has changed - this was my go-to product.

The granulated formula has the same texture and crunch of sugar, making it an ideal sugar substitute for spooning and sprinkling, and gives good texture in baking.

1/3 teaspoon = 1 teaspoon of sugar Good for: Hot & Cold Drinks, Smoothies, Shakes, Yoghurt, Fat Bombs, Baking, Over Food.

This is similar in texture to Canderel Sugarly - a blend of Erythritol and Sucralose, another Keto friendly sugar substitute.

If you are mainly sweetening drinks, shakes and smoothies, Stevia Drops are a popular choice. The choice of flavours available is quite varied, from caramel to cola!

Some of my favourite Stevia drops come from NICKS. 10 fun flavours to add instant flavour and sweetness. Choose from Chocolate, Coconut, Almond, Caramel, Cookies & Cream, Lemon, Raspberry, Strawberry, Spearmint and Vanilla.

Good for: Hot & Cold Drinks, Smoothies, Shakes, Yoghurt, Fat Bombs, Baking.

I've used the fruit flavours to make a simple fruit flavoured jelly, as I find the normal sugar free jellies - which contain Aspartame and Acesulfame K - spike my blood sugar.

SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener comes in 15 funky flavours. Pure flavoured Stevia, not blended with any other sweeteners, these are a little pricy compared to other brands, but worth it for the variety. Not all the flavours are available here in the UK, but I found Coconut, Cola, Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Cinnamon, English Toffee, Grape, Hazelnut, Root Beer and Valencia Orange, You can also opt for the natural unflavoured version.

British based NKD Living produce a wide range of Keto friendly sweetener solutions aimed at our growing sugar sensitive population.

Try NKD Living Pure Stevia Liquid Drops 50ml in this Golden Milk Recipe

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Ingredients (serves 2):

2-3 cups Milk of choice

5-10 drops NKD Living Stevia Liquid<