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Old 10-05-2003, 10:08 AM   #1
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Stevia vs Splenda

What are the advantages of Stevia over Splenda, where do I find it, and how does it measure up oz for oz?

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Old 10-05-2003, 10:12 AM   #2
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Splenda is a sweetener; stevia is sold as an herbal supplement.
Splenda is widely available and sold in most grocery stores right with the other artificial sweeteners.
Stevia can be found in the 'supplements' section of many grocery stores and places like Wal-mart nowdays as well as vitamin specific stores like GNC and Vitamin World.
Splenda tastes like sugar to most people.
Stevia has an aquired taste(a bit like liccorice IMO)and can be hard to work with because of that.(again -IMO).
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I like Stevia and Splenda. Usually I mix the two because I've always found that mixing sugar substitutes produces a better taste. Stevia is found in our local health food store and it is delicious in my green tea!

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Once you get the right amounts figured for Stevia it is excellent. Best thing is no carbs/no cals.
I love it, and in some areas you can even grow your own so it could be free.
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The only sweetener I use is stevia. It does take a little getting used to, but it works great and makes a wonderful, no carb, no calorie, all-natural sweetener with no side effects. Splenda is an artificial sweetener, stevia is a natural herb.
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Old 10-05-2003, 01:40 PM   #6
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Ok, I get it...Splenda=carbs, but tastes better; Stevia=no carbs, but tastes different...Thanks guys!
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As long as you get your Stevia Qtys right I don't find any odd taste as with other sweetners. Make sure you buy the kind with no fillers. You just want pure Stevia which is 200* stronger than sugar. So you may think its expensive but a little goes along way.
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Old 10-05-2003, 04:28 PM   #8
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what amount of stevia do you use to replace the splenda. i made the pumpkin pound cake today how would i replace some of the splenda?
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Irishnonee, here you go... ;-)

Stevia is 0 carbs and can be used in powder or homemade liquid form to replace granular splenda (or sugar) in your recipes using this conversion chart:

1 t. extract powder = 4.16 cups sugar (200/48) = 1t. (homemade) liquid stevia
1/2t. powder = 2 cups sugar (96 teaspoons) = 1/2t. liquid
1/4t. powder = 1 cup sugar (48 teaspoons) = 1/4t. liquid
1/8t. powder = 1/2 cup sugar (24 teaspoons) = 1/8t. liquid
1/16t. powder = 1/4 cup sugar (12 teaspoons) = 1/16t. liquid
1/32t. powder = 1/8 cup sugar (6 teaspoons) - 1/32t. liquid

You can also use homemade liquid stevia to replace liquid splenda in recipes...they're the same strength... ;-)

PS: You can make your own liquid stevia from directions in this thread:

http://www.low-carb-friends.com/bbs/...threadid=35300

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Old 10-05-2003, 06:14 PM   #10
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thank you. i appreciate the info.
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