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Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

Natures Sweet Secret

Naturally sweet herbal flavouring
No carb/no calories

What is Stevia?

Stevia rebaudiana, is a small shrubby member of the Chrysantheum family, native to portions of Paraguay and Brazil. For several hundred years, Stevia leaves have been safely included in the diet of the natives to this region. It is widely used in South America, China, Japan and in many other parts of the world. Stevia is unique tasting with a natural licorice-like flavour and uniquely sweet taste. In its natural form, Stevia leaves are approximately 10 to 15 times sweeter than sugar. Modern research has shown that Stevia’s sweetness is a result of a complex glycoside molecule, Stevioside, composed of glucose, sophorose and steviol. Stevioside extracts are typically 200 to 300 times sweeter than white sugar.

What is Stevia used for?

Stevia has been used predominately as a flavouring agent.
Stevia also enhances the true flavours of foods.
Stevia has been mixed with clay to form facial masques that is reportedly cleansing and soothing to the skin

Can Stevia replace other dietary sweeteners?

Refined Stevia extracts are considered to be non-caloric. They are also suitable for cooking and baking, because they are extremely heat stable. Stevia does not caramelize, or crystallize like sugar, so it may not be suitable for a few applications.

How is Stevia processed?

The Chinese scientist Tei-fu-chen perfected the extraction of stevia in the 1950s. He applied a non-chemical extraction method that had been recorded in the herbal manuscripts of the Chinese emperors. This method which is still the principle technique used this day, removes the green colour and any bitter aftertaste of the Stevia leaves.

Herbal Select is excited to announce a break through in scientific technology. We are now able to offer an even better tasting Stevia in our Herbal Select Stevia products. Look for our new packaging and enjoy the delicious flavour of Stevia.

Recommended Reading:


Stevia rebaudiana: Nature’s Sweet Secret. David Richard, Vital Health Publishing.
Stevia Sweet Recipes: Sugar-Free Naturally. Jeffery Gottemoeller, Vital Health Publishing, ISBN: 1-890612-13-8.

 

Recipes:

Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp

3 cups rhubarb finely chopped

3 cups raspberries

45 drops of Herbal Select Stevia liquid extract

¾ cup water

1 tsp almond extract

1 cup flour

1 cup Purely Bulk Oats

½ OmegaLife margarine

Combine first 5 ingredients and mix well. Spread into the bottom of a non-stick or oiled 9x9 baking pan. In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and cut together with a pastry cutter or 2 knives until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes or until top is golden brown.

 

Purely Bulk Granola

 7 cups Purely Bulk oats                  

3/4 cups Purely Bulk wheat germ                              

3/4 cups Purely Bulk  wheat bran                                

1/2 cup Purely Bulk sesame seeds

1/8 tsp Herbal Select powdered stevia extract      

1/2 vegetable oil                             

1/2 cup water                                   

1/2 cup Purely Bulk chopped apricots

1/2 cup Purely Bulk dried cranberries

1 cup chopped Purely Bulk almonds

1/2 cup Purely Bulk Organic Thompson Raisins

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp Almond extract

1  tsp ground nutmeg

1) Preheat oven to 275 degrees. 

2) In a large bowl blend oats, wheat germ, wheat bran and sesame seeds.  

3) In a medium bowl blend stevia, vegetable oil and water. Mix in the almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg. Stir the oil and water mixture into the oat mixture until evenly moist and transfer to a large shallow baking dish.  

4) Bake in a preheated oven for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until lightly browned. Stir in apricots, cranberries, almonds and raisins and continue

baking about another 15 minutes. Be careful not to over bake. 

5) Cool and store in airtight containers. Makes about 18 servings.

 

Blue Cranberry Punch

2 cups pure unsweetened Just Juice Cranberry

1 cup pure unsweetened Just Juice Organic Wild Blueberry

2 x 750mL sparkling mineral water

1/2 to 3/4 tsp of Herbal Select pure liquid Stevia extract (or too taste)

1 can unsweetened frozen orange juice (do not add water)

1 - 750mL bottle white wine (option)

Oranges to garnish

Add all ingredients together in a punchbowl and serve over lots of ice.


Xylitol

Xylitol is a 100% natural sweetener that tastes and measures just like sugar! And, it contains 40% less calories than sugar. Xylitol has only 2.4 calories per gram, compared to sugar which has 4 calories per gram. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn. Xylitol is NOT an artificial sweetener.

Xylitol is a natural, low calorie sugar alcohol that has many advantages. Unlike sugar, Xylitol has a low glycemic index. Sugar has a glycemic index of about 100, while Xylitol has a glycemic index of about 7. A low glycemic index means that it is metabolized slower by the body. The result is a lower and healthier glucose and insulin response in the body. A low glycemic index food helps support healthy blood glucose levels.

Extensive clinical studies continue to demonstrate that Xylitol is 100% natural and completely safe for both adults and children. Try some today and see for yourself.

Xylitol for Teeth:

Unlike sugar which feeds the bacteria in your mouth thus promoting cavity formation, Xylitol does not promote cavities. Studies have shown that when Xylitol is consumed in chewing gums, tooth pastes, oral rinses, mints and hard candies, it does not promote cavities. Data from recent studies indicate that xylitol can reduce the occurrence of dental caries in young children, schoolchildren, and mothers. (J Calif Dent Assoc. 2003;31(3):205-9) In fact, Xylitol has received official endorsements from the Canadian Dental Association. Xylitol is a smart choice for individuals concerned with dental health.

Orange Date Bread

¾ cup boiling water

1 ½ tsp baking soda

½ cup Just Juice Organic Tangerine

¼ tsp salt

1 cup dates

1/3 cup Herbal Select Organic Virgin Coconut oil

1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour (or 1 ½ cup unbleached all Purpose flour)

½ tsp cinnamon

¾ cup Herbal Select Xylitol

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 egg

¼ tsp ground cloves

1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix together boiling water, orange juice, chopped dates and Xylitol. Set aside until cooled to room temperature. Sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt and set aside. Cream coconut oil, add egg and beat well. Stir in date mixture. Add dry ingredients and stir batter until moistened. Fold in walnuts. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 325 for 55-65 minutes. Cool in bread pan for 10 minutes, remove and cool completely before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.

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