There once was a time when I consumed WAY TOO MUCH artificial sweetener. I used to drink diet soda daily, eat the “light” yogurts and I would sometimes add a little packet of Splenda to my warm beverages. I finally realized that it was one of the causes of my puffy bloated belly and gas – yes I did just say gas & don’t say you have never passed wind. I was able to eliminate all the fake sweeteners pretty easily. The lack of tummy trouble was a huge driving force.
I am sure you have all seen and read about stevia whether it be on a food blog, magazine or on-line. I did some reading up on it myself and I am very curious to see how my body reacts to it.
I purchased a box of NuNaturals NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets to test. I want to try the liquid form too but I thought that I would give the powder a go before buying the more expensive product. This box was only $5.99 where the bottle of liquid stevia with the dropper was $14.99.
This morning I added a packet to my Pumpkin Blueberry Oats.
1/2 cup oatmeal, water, 3/4 cup pumpkin, 1 cup frozen blueberries, cinnamon, PB2 and sunflower seed butter.
It may be due to the fact that there was just so much going on in my bowl – I really did not taste that much of a difference. I will have to try it again with a much simpler concoction – if that ever happens :) You know how I like to make my oats a little on the busy side.
I also had a packet in my coffee. I could, in fact, taste the difference there. It was really good. Not overly sweet and there was not that weird aftertaste present that you get with Splenda or Equal.
So I consumed the stevia over an hour ago and my belly still feels good – no bloat what so ever. When I used to have the other products, I would feel the effects pretty quickly.
What is your feeling on Stevia? Do you use it? Have you tried the liquid version? If you have, do you like it? How about the flavored liquid – like vanilla? I really was leaning towards getting that one. I would love some feedback on the product before I run out and get it.
I think that I will use these packets now and then. I really like my tea black so I can’t see myself using it there. As far as the coffee, I really did enjoy this mornings cup with a little sweetness.
Anyone going to see the New Moon movie? I still need to see the first one. I hope you have a fabulous Friday, whatever you have planned.