I love this stuff. I also mix it with 2/3 cup warm water and let it sit which makes it super cheap and very concentrated. I use it in everything. It is a lot safer than any other sweetener and I have not had any problems with sugar cravings using this. In fact, to me it helps control my blood sugar.
I use 1/4 tsp in a 20oz thermos of coffee with a dash of cinnamon and 2 tsp of hot choc mix. Greatest mocha ever. I use the same in another cold thermos of club soda with a dash of powdered cool aid, (1/8th packet per 20oz), or may add 2oz of Welch's non-alcho champaign grape jce. Has all the sweetness I need to replace sugary pop or the artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. Some other stevias do not taste as good, and in one case was so nasty I through out the remaining 95% of the bottle, (from Whole Foods). The bottle design and color resembled the NOW product. Two of the large NOW Stevia bottles last me 17 wks, and I use it 2-4 times daily! This combo does replaces the fiz and sweetness I miss from pop.
[The jury is still out on whether stevia omits the insulin effect for diabetics, but I hear it may actually help with blood sugar. Some research says the sweet taste alone, regardless of the source, causes the insulin to rise.]
Not all Stevia is equal. But for me and my house, we use NOW Better Stevia. Way cheaper than diabetic meds and ER bills!
This is by far the BEST stevia I have ever used. I have tried every brand out there and this is the only one that makes my coffee taste good, never bitter. A few months ago, I gave up all artificial sweeteners, and I couldn't have done it without this product. It's outstanding and worth every penny!!
This review is specific to Stevia Extract Powder (Better Stevia), Organic
Good Stevia!!! I have tried a few others, and this has a good taste. I like the powdered the best. It is hard to buy stevia. There are too many to choose from. Some are not 100% stevia. They have bulking agents. I like the NOW Brand.
I highly recommend using Stevia as a sweetener. It is a natural product, unlike aspartame (first created to be an ant killer) which has substantial negative effects. Careful not to use too much as it can have a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not noticeable if you use in moderation. Readily substitute this product for aspartame and Splenda.