Man, at My Healthy Bliss we unanimously agree. We really don't include a lot of sugar in our diets, but there are some things that just beg to have a little added sweetness. One notable example of that is our morning coffee, and trust us...you don't want us to go without our coffee. We've tried. Really, we have. But we just can't do our beloved morning fuel without a little something sweet added.
We will stop here and tell you a secret that we shouldn't reveal... We are not big fans of stevia. Or at least we weren't, until we tried the stevia/erythritol blend from My Healthy Bliss. I don't know why some stevia products have a weird aftertaste and some don't, but we can't stand that 'artificial sweetener' type aftertaste some stevias have. Oftentimes a big part of the problem is over doing it. Did you know that stevia is 25 - 30 times sweeter than sugar? Our best advice when it comes to stevia? Take it easy! There is a bit of a learning curve when you start using stevia, and you have to give yourself time to get it right. If you don't get it the first few times, don't give up. Use less next time and keep trying until you get just the right degree of sweetness for your taste.
Whatever your personal feelings are about stevia, one thing is certain. We all need to find an alternative to white sugar that we can live with. White sugar is hiding in almost everything we buy these days, and it is not our friend. Often made from GMO sugar beets that have survived pesticide baths, the resulting product is bone-char filtered, stripped and refined before it becomes the white crystals you buy at the grocery store. Some studies suggest that white sugar is at least as addictive as cocaine and may be a contributor to a host of health problems including diabetes, obesity, candida overgrowth and even cancer.
There seems to be a good deal of controversy swirling around agave syrup nowadays. It enjoyed some time in the natural foods limelight as a sugar alternative that is low glycemic and purportedly doesn't affect blood sugar in the way white sugar does. That limelight faded somewhat as folks began to realize that agave is processed in pretty much the same way as high fructose corn syrup and ends up with about the same amount of fructose. Old habits die hard, and we still like to bake with organic agave instead of honey or sugar. It is calorie dense so we use sparingly and only very occasionally, but for the rare sweet baked treat, we prefer it over honey as it has a more mild flavor.
If you are on the quest to find a zero or very low calorie sweetener, things can get a little tricky. We really like xylitol (derived from fruits, vegetables, grains or birch wood) and it has some great health benefits and is even good for your teeth. We feel like it has no discernable difference in flavor from sugar, but it is pretty expensive. Ditto for erythritol, which tastes great, but is usually blended with something else as it is costly on it's own. Not to worry, though. My Healthy Bliss has saved the day again! We were never so excited as on the day we discovered Stevita Supreme, which is a blend of organic stevia and xylitol. Finally...healthy sweetener perfection!
We didn't stop there, however. We aren't quitters here at My Healthy Bliss so we kept at it until we had identified several sugar alternatives that we actually enjoy, not just endure. We found a fantastic organic stevia product that is blended with blue agave inulin, which mellows the taste of the stevia making this one of the best tasting stevia products on the market today. We found stevia made from a species of the plant that eliminates that funny aftertaste. And if pure stevia is your cup of tea, we found one pound bags of it at the best price we've seen anywhere.
Life is sweet at My Healthy Bliss!