A lot of people are wondering about Stevia. From everything we’ve been able to gather – and try – it’s a great way to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.
Stevia has been said to have many health benefits, such as: weight control (it controls cravings), can be used during pregnancy, it is known to be beneficial to the pancreas, does not contribute to tooth decay, can reduce high blood pressure, assists digestion, and so on.
Unlike most artificial sweeteners, Stevia does not break down and can withstand high temperatures while cooking and cold temperatures when frozen. It is also compatible with salt and organic acids and natural sweeteners such as barley malt, honey, fructose and sorbitol.
Stevia can be used safely and effectively as a substitute for sugar in all recipes where sugar and low calorie sweeteners would be normally used. Stevia can be purchased in either powder or liquid form and can be found in flavors. Liquid is easier to use for baking because it can be measured easier.
Here is a Stevia conversion chart:
1 Tsp Stevia (powdered or liquid)=1 Cup Sugar
1/4 Tsp Stevia powder or 6 to 9 drops liquid=1 Tbsp Sugar
A pinch of Stevia powder or 2 to 4 drops liquid=1 Tsp sugar
The bulk or consistency that sugar normally would add can be replaced with applesauce, fruit puree, canned pumpkin, fruit juice, yogurt, or any ingredient that will taste right with your recipe and add moisture. For everyone cup of sugar that is replaced by stevia 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of the bulk should be added.
Have you tried baking with Stevia? We’d love to hear about your successes…and failures. : )
View the original eHow article by ‘shefveland’ here.