"stevia" Sweetened Coke And Pepsi In Green Colored Cans

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-K8memphis Posted 2 Oct 2014 , 5:55pm
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this is interesting -- i'm wondering exactly how much of the sweetener is actually stevia -- stevia sweetener is expensive -- and it can taste like poo -- it's an acquired taste that has taken me years to acquire -- truvia helped me bridge to pure stevia but truvia has very little stevia in it so...we'll see -- probably mostly sugar  i betcha --

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/pepsi-true-stevia_n_5914046.html

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MBalaska Posted 2 Oct 2014 , 6:24pm
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Stevia is a plant extract, which actually works to lower blood pressure, so that's kind of cool.

I managed to get myself completely off artificial chemical sweeteners, by switching to stevia, then I learned to use a minimal amount of the stevia.    It's all pretty irrelevant except to explain that we've done a lot of research and questioning about Stevia in our house.

 

Look for "Stevia in the raw" packets.  What you want is just stevia and you don't want stevia and a million other chemicals in the package, or what have you accomplished.  Stevia in the raw packets have only dextrose (a form of sugar) and Stevia Leaf Extract.

 

I think that you can even buy just the stevia leaf extract.   All of these artificial sweeteners are hundreds if not thousands of times sweeter than plain sugar.  So you really get all out of whack using them.  Ok that's my 2 cents times 2.

 

I also used to drink from 6 to 8 large 16 oz. bottles of 'diet' soda every day--bad habit!  After giving up artificial sweeteners I drink tons of water.  (Remember the old days when the restaurants and fast food joints only served 8 oz. cups of soda pop???) Damn I'm old

MBalaska Posted 2 Oct 2014 , 6:28pm
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BTW if I remember correctly Asia, South America, and a few other places have been drinking Stevia sweetened diet drinks for decades, it's just new to the U.S.A. and it will take time to learn how to use it in foods.

maybenot Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 2:46am
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The price of stevia has really dropped in the last 2 years.  We recently switched from Purevia to Stevia in the Raw--big, big improvement.

 

Now, my understanding is that stevia doesn't hold up well in carbonated beverages, so I'll be curious to see how this tastes--but, I may be biased because I generally.....uh, ........hate Pepsi......

-K8memphis Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 6:34pm
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 
 

Stevia is a plant extract, which actually works to lower blood pressure, so that's kind of cool.

I managed to get myself completely off artificial chemical sweeteners, by switching to stevia, then I learned to use a minimal amount of the stevia.    It's all pretty irrelevant except to explain that we've done a lot of research and questioning about Stevia in our house.

 

Look for "Stevia in the raw" packets.  What you want is just stevia and you don't want stevia and a million other chemicals in the package, or what have you accomplished.  Stevia in the raw packets have only dextrose (a form of sugar) and Stevia Leaf Extract.

 

I think that you can even buy just the stevia leaf extract.   All of these artificial sweeteners are hundreds if not thousands of times sweeter than plain sugar.  So you really get all out of whack using them.  Ok that's my 2 cents times 2.

 

I also used to drink from 6 to 8 large 16 oz. bottles of 'diet' soda every day--bad habit!  After giving up artificial sweeteners I drink tons of water.  (Remember the old days when the restaurants and fast food joints only served 8 oz. cups of soda pop???) Damn I'm old

i did not know it helps lower bp --- that is very cool!

 

i go off & on with the sugar -- i am a sugar junkie -- i am trying to get off sugared desserts right now thankfully that oreo cookie thing is gone -- diet coke was killing me and i'm off caffeine too--

 

i make a half gallon of green tea daily and each quart gets one level teaspoon of SweetLeaf pure stevia powder -- their liquid sweetleaf products are good too -- they have a little tin of stevia tablets that makes traveling easy too -- 

 

at the store today i bought a bag of loose stevia in the raw for baking-- this is maltodexrtrin and stevia -- i guess the maltodextrin gives the stevia some body--otherwise you have to use sugar or applesauce to fill up enough space to make successful recipes in a perfect world -- we shall see-- back to the stevial drawing board -- and the ratio on that is 1:1

 

i am so glad that wretched oreo cookie cake is gone -- omg it was killing me -- i still can't stop thinking about it --

 

no i do not remember the 8 oz soda days -- was that on the west coast? we had large soda drinks in the midwest where i grew up --

-K8memphis Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 6:36pm
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 
 

BTW if I remember correctly Asia, South America, and a few other places have been drinking Stevia sweetened diet drinks for decades, it's just new to the U.S.A. and it will take time to learn how to use it in foods.

 

 

well it's not that new it's just been underused because it tasted like sh*t :-D i've bought it and taken it back to the store horrified that anyone would suggest putting that in your food or drink

-K8memphis Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 6:55pm
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Originally Posted by maybenot 
 

The price of stevia has really dropped in the last 2 years.  We recently switched from Purevia to Stevia in the Raw--big, big improvement.

 

Now, my understanding is that stevia doesn't hold up well in carbonated beverages, so I'll be curious to see how this tastes--but, I may be biased because I generally.....uh, ........hate Pepsi......

 

 

 

so the leetle jar is pure stevia -- $12.99 and equal to 230 teaspoons of sugar --

 

the big bag is about 550 teaspoons $7.49 but the main actor/ingredient is maltodextrin supporting role is played by stevia --

 

so the big bag is for baking -- i had some other stevia product that was combined with sugar but couldn't find it again -- i'm trying this --

 

well it's not just in pepsi it's in coke too so if you like coke better -- but all the sweeteners dissipate in the soft drinks-- sugar, corn syrup, aspertame and the other diet sweeteners -- in fact the diet sweeteners have much less of a shelf life than the sugar corn syrup ones --

 

so i'm gonna try some baking with this stuff and see how we do -- i mean even just cut up an apple and slather it with stevia in the raw and cinnamon -- stuff like that --

 

loosing weight is easy -- maintaining weight is, so far, impossible :-D but we (i mean me) persevere --  all fat & jiggly but... :lol: 

MBalaska Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 7:10pm
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Yes that 'Stevia in the Raw' package  is exactly what I have in the individual serving packages for my coffee.  I only use about a third of the package in a cup of coffee as it's pretty strong.     And West Coast is Correct.  I remember as a kid going to Mcdonalds and Carls Junior getting tiny hamburgers, tiny fries and tiny cokes and it was wonderful.  You had to be pretty $$ rich, or have a special occasion to go to places like that.

 

Don't bake with any of it though, so you may be discovering some new baking methods that would be helpful to people avoiding sugar.  good luck.

-K8memphis Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 7:18pm
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thanks, mb -- i was baking with truvia for a while before i fell off the wagon -- got good results but truvia has a sugar alcohol -- erythritol-- in it which like you said is one of those things we probably should be avoiding-- idk and i mean truvia was sued because it has very little stevia in it like maybe they pass one leaf over each shipment -- ultimately had to change their tagline--

MBalaska Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 7:34pm
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You know that we may be a lot like 'Popeye the Sailor man'........"I am what I am".   We are what we are.  We can do lots of interesting, amusing, frustrating, and painful things to ourselves to try and become an 'Olive Oil' stick figure BUT it will never stick (so to speak).

 

But what would the world be without us?? There might be a lot of very hungry people starving for sweeties, desserts, and special occasion treats because Olive Oil can't cook, can't bake, can't make a cake.  

 

What is a rose without a stem, a calyx, a leaf, thorns or the dirt that it grows in.  It's all important and it's all necessary!  Chin up, or in my cake multiple chins up, celebrate the miracle of life and your life in particular and laugh a little.  Laughter is the best medicine.

MBalaska Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 7:38pm
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Yeah and spit that crap out when it taste bad.  Don't torture yourself.  Life is waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy  to short.

-K8memphis Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 7:39pm
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i begged my mom to get me some spinach like popeye and she told me i would hate it and finally she got me some and sure enough i hated it 

 

:lol:

 

but i like it now -- love it in fact

MBalaska Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 8:54pm
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I like spinach in salads now, love it, especially knowing it is one of the most nutrient packed foods ever !!!!  It's one of the  super foods.

so remember what Helen Reddy used to sing to us......and be MORE of a best friend to yourself than anyone else EVER could.

 

Would you take better care of yourself
Would you be kinder to yourself
Would you be more forgiving of your human imperfections
If you realized your best friend was yourself

Who is always with you everywhere
Who is on your side when others are unfair
And tell me, who will never let you down in any situation
Who will always see you get your share

And that's why I am a best friend to myself
And I take me out whenever I feel low
And I make my life as happy as a best friend would
I'm as nice to me as anyone I know

And that's why I am a best friend to myself
And I take me out whenever I feel low
And I make my life as happy as a best friend would
I'm as nice to me as anyone I know

Mimimakescakes Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 9:12pm
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I didn't realise that stevia , lowers blood pressure. That make it a no no for me, bugger.  I am not really worried about sugar for myself but my mum is a diabetic and I like to make her a sweet treat every now and then. I don't like using artificial sweetener because of all the chemicals. I guess I will just have to not eat anything made with stevia. 

Mimimakescakes Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 9:14pm
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MBAlaska, Funny you should mention Helen Reddy , she has the same disease as me , Addison's disease. 

-K8memphis Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 9:14pm
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popeye would love this -- spinach made easy:

 

http://k8memphis.blogspot.com/2013/10/blog-day-two-kale-chips.html

MBalaska Posted 3 Oct 2014 , 9:47pm
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MBAlaska, Funny you should mention Helen Reddy , she has the same disease as me , Addison's disease. 

 

Serindipity perhaps.  Everything is not for everyone, we're all so different.  As Helen Reddy sang, we have to look out for ourselves, and do what's best for our self.  Which is why I'm avoiding doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen.......I think it's best. 

Mimimakescakes Posted 4 Oct 2014 , 4:22am
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LOL MB, you always make me laugh, I am having an afternoon nap because that is what is best for me. I also think the laundry and the dishes can wait and seeing it is Saturday , I am thinking pizza is a fairly good option for dinner. ;)

vldutoit Posted 4 Oct 2014 , 1:29pm
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I have been playing around with Stevia for a couple of years. I actually grew some last summer. I dried it, and crushed it, and baked brownies with it.  My 24 year old son, came over in the middle of my process and asked me if I was making "special brownies".  Gullible as I am, I replied yes.  He starts laughing at me. They were special to me, no sugar; special to him was something totally different!

-K8memphis Posted 4 Oct 2014 , 1:53pm
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I have been playing around with Stevia for a couple of years. I actually grew some last summer. I dried it, and crushed it, and baked brownies with it.  My 24 year old son, came over in the middle of my process and asked me if I was making "special brownies".  Gullible as I am, I replied yes.  He starts laughing at me. They were special to me, no sugar; special to him was something totally different!

 

 

HAHAHAHAHA  he gotchoo, vldutoit!! there's 'special' and there's 'special' too funny!

 

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but you grew your own stevia? seriously -- that's pretty cool -- was there much licorice taste?

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