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Old 06-22-2006, 03:28 PM   #1
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aftertaste with stevia?

Dh tried some stevia in his coffee today (1/4 tsp. powdered). He said it was sweet but that it left an aftertaste in his mouth. Did we use too much? Is that because it's not a stevia/FOS blend (found some of that AFTER I already bought the bottle I have )? Would a stevia/FOS blend eliminate that aftertaste?
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I have liquid stuff and I think it's NASTY...that is just me though....
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It could well be that you used too much.

I use 20 drops (maybe the equivalent of 1/8 tsp.?) of the flavored liquid Stevia from SweetLeaf in a 20-oz. glass of tea...

When I use powdered, I generally use either the SweetLeaf or the NOW brand (both pure concentrate), and I equate 1/4 tsp. to nearly a cup of sugar in a recipe.

I've only noticed an aftertaste if I used waaaaay too much in a recipe.

I've never used a blend... can't help you with that one.
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I've been using the SteviaPlus packets from SweetLeaf. Prior to that, I tried a number of different brands and couldn't stand that aftertaste - but to me the SteviaPlus doesn't have that.

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I can use it in iced tea, but that's about it. I probably use too much in hot drinks, since they tend to intensify the aftertaste.
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Ahhhhh hot drink...good to know! I'll have him keep testing.
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I've used stevia for about 5 years and have noticed there is a HUGE difference in taste among the brands. Often, the stuff is so nasty-bitter, you can't even swallow it. Although I have tried Sweetleaf, my personal favorite is NuNaturals Sooolite, which is a purer product. It comes in a jar, (and is very concentrated, making it kind of difficult to use) or individual packets, and one packet is sweet enough for a cup of tea or coffee. It is a little more pricey than some of the others, but I think it is far superior in taste. If you have had bad experience with stevia, you might try this product before giving up.
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Heather, would you PM me? I have a question for you.
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Heather, would you PM me? I have a question for you.
I would be happy to if I knew what PM is. I'm sorry but I am a little ignorant of some of the terms used here.
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Oh, PM is "private message"? I tried that, but apparently I don't have priveleges or something. I would be pleased to answer here, though, if you feel comfortable asking. I'll keep track of this thread.
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It depends on the brand. The first stevia I used was the herb, in teas, back in the 70s and early 80s. The first white powder stevia extract I used was NOW brand, in bulk in a large bottle (4 oz maybe?). It was great, no aftertaste. But recently I bought NOW in packets and it had an aftertaste.

But, you can mix it in a eyedropper bottle with brandy or vodka and water to create a liquid (the little bit of alcohol helps it mix better) and a drop or two of essential oil and have a flavored sweetener. I do it with Bergamot so I always have Earl Gray. I confess I prefer my earl grey without sweetener, but sometimes sweet is good.
Also good: stevia/water/vodka with orange oil, clove oil and cinammon oil. Constant Comment!
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Luvmykids: you can get private messaging by going to the top of this list.
Click on 'user control panel.'
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Down the page a bit you will see email options, including private messages.
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Luvmykids: you can get private messaging by going to the top of this list.
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Thank you, but I did try this and I can't find a private message option. When I try to do the PM thing I keep getting this screen that says I don't have the privelege to do it. I must just not be special enough
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Hm how strange! Anyway, I was just wondering where in northern ID you are. I'm a tad NW of Spokane.
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I used Sweetleaf packets in a gallon of tea and my mom said it tasted bitter. In a gallon of tea, I used 6 packets of Stevia and 1/3 cup of Diabetisweet. Is that too much? I didn't taste it, I don't drink iced tea.
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Thank you, but I did try this and I can't find a private message option. When I try to do the PM thing I keep getting this screen that says I don't have the privelege to do it. I must just not be special enough
I don't know what the exact number is, but I believe you have to have made a certain number of posts here before you gain private message privileges and it looks like you're a fairly new member.
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Hm how strange! Anyway, I was just wondering where in northern ID you are. I'm a tad NW of Spokane.
I'm about 6 miles north of Bonners Ferry, which is the last real town before the Candadian border. It would take about 2 1/2 hours for me to get to Spokane from my home, I think. So, we're practically neighbors!LOL
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Thank you, LindaSue, for the info.
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I used Sweetleaf packets in a gallon of tea and my mom said it tasted bitter. In a gallon of tea, I used 6 packets of Stevia and 1/3 cup of Diabetisweet...
Actually... I'd guess your bitterness probably came from the Diabetisweet, rather than the stevia. Diabetisweet contains AceK, which, in more than tiny doses, has a terrible aftertaste (at least in my opinion). 6 packets of SweetLeaf would be about the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar/sweetness... I would guess that'd be pretty safe in a gallon of tea.
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Actually... I'd guess your bitterness probably came from the Diabetisweet, rather than the stevia. Diabetisweet contains AceK, which, in more than tiny doses, has a terrible aftertaste (at least in my opinion). 6 packets of SweetLeaf would be about the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar/sweetness... I would guess that'd be pretty safe in a gallon of tea.
I don't know anything about Diabetisweet, but stevia (especially the brands with the lower concentrations of Rebaudioside-A) will definitely be bitter if you use too much. Look for a higher percentage (95 or better) for the best taste.
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