I absolutely love stevia. I wouldn’t keep house without it.
You might not have heard of it, though. I hadn’t, until three years ago.
What is Stevia?
It’s a plant. Or, it comes from a plant. Its extract is used as a table sugar replacement.
I know it’s related to the sunflower. That’s about all I know, and all I need to know.
I don’t want to be a scientist, I want to be a guy who isn’t poisoning himself with table sugar.
In 2013, I completely stopped using sugar and now take everything plain or with a small amount of stevia. I do this because sugar is poison and makes you fat.
Sugar is Poison that Makes You Fat?
Yes, table sugar is poison and if you’re reading this then you probably already know that.
A good way to stop being fat or keep from getting fat is to avoid table sugar like the plague. I don’t stress natural food sugars as much.
I don’t know a single person who got fat off of fruit. Most of America is fat from overly processed foods and refined carbohydrates making it easy for them to eat more food than they need without realizing it.
Carbohydrates and Dietary Fat and processed foods aren’t bad for you in and of themselves, they’re bad for you because they make it easy to over-eat.
Over-eating makes you fatter. Under-eating makes you thinner.
Don’t make simple things hard. We don’t need to know any more science than this. Table sugar is low mass, high calorie, and makes it very easy to over-eat.
Stevia is several hundred times sweeter than sugar, so you can use much less of it. That, and its zero calorie content, make it ideal for dieters with a sweet tooth.
There’s just one problem…
Most stevia products are complete garbage.
It doesn’t want to dissolve.
Often, if you put most stevia products into your coffee, it just floats on top of your coffee.
The closest thing I can compare it to is hot cocoa mix that’s been dumped into cold water.
The texture is all wrong.
It doesn’t look or feel like granulated sugar at all. It’s got more in common with moist baking soda than table sugar.
This throws off your measurements and leads to the next problem.
The taste is all wrong.
The odd size and texture of the puffs (not granules) of most stevia products throws off your measurements, and since stevia is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, you end up with an overly sweet mess.
Often, you end up with something so sweet it’s bitter. The puffs that didn’t dissolve now clump and partially dissolve, making your bitter slop even more bitter and clumpy over time.
It ruins whatever you’re trying to sweeten.
People who are used to dealing with most stevia products and their shortcomings will chime in here and say I’ve got unrealistic expectations. Well, call me crazy, but I want my sugar replacement to act like sugar.
This is why most stevia products taste horrible…they’re not easy to use, and the only thing they make easy is ruining whatever you’re sweetening.
Have you noticed I keep saying, “Most stevia products”?
There’s a reason for that.
Most stevia products are complete garbage, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Good News, Friends
There is a stevia product that behaves as advertised, and it’s called Pyure Organic Stevia. It’s the best tasting stevia out there, because it’s the easiest to use properly.
I use it in my coffee and in some egg recipes. My wife has used it for everything from candied bacon to cookies to cashew butter.
I’ve used every single stevia product I could get my hands on, and Pyure is the only one I’ve found that delivers.
My family has used 312 lbs of Pyure since I first discovered it. Three hundred and twelve pounds of it.
That’s two pounds per week for three years. It’s that good.
Pyure Organic Stevia:
Dissolves even easier than sugar, as pouring hot coffee over it will cause it to dissolve without any stirring at all.
Has the exact same texture as sugar, meaning it’s actually possible to measure it properly. (The texture of the granules was the first thing I noticed, the first time I opened a bag of Pyure. Long time stevia users will have the same reaction.)
Tastes better than sugar, not only because you’re unlikely to use too much, but because the end result won’t be thick and syrupy like it would with table sugar.
Pyure Organic Stevia is a Family Favorite
I absolutely love Pyure. So does my family. My wife and children wouldn’t touch any other stevia, but everybody loves Pyure.
Here’s my easy way to tell if something tastes good: I give it to a toddler. Better yet, I give it to two toddlers.
If they both like it, then it officially tastes good. Toddlers don’t care about your feelings, they’ll tell you if you made them something that tastes horrible because you used a nasty sweetener instead of Pyure.
Where to Get Pyure
Some higher end grocery stores carry Pyure, as well as Walmart in certain regions. If that’s you, great. See if they’ll give you a case price and stock up.
Pyure isn’t universally available, though, and if you can’t find it locally I’ve got you covered.
This is an affiliate link for a single pound bag of Pyure Organic Stevia. I typically use two per week, so I buy 26 bags once per quarter and call it good. I do this to save on shipping and advise you to do the same.
If I had the storage I’d just buy 104 bags at the beginning of the year and never have to think about it until next year. That’s the most convenient way to buy everything you use that isn’t food; buy enough of it once or twice per year and forget about it.
If you’re trying to stop using devil dust (table sugar), try Pyure Organic Stevia. After you do, come back here and let me know how you like it.
Note: The Pyure I linked above is not 100% pure stevia, but a stevia blend. The stevia extract is blended with erythritol, as oppsosed to the standard fare stevia blends. Most blends use maltodextrin (basically sugar) or actual table sugar.
If you’d rather have pure extract, you can get 100% pure pyure stevia extract here instead.
The reason I prefer the blend is that it measures exactly like sugar does, while pure extract does not. It is very, very easy to add too much pure extract and over-sweeten whatever you’re adding it to.
If you’re really interested in the various artificial and natural sweeteners out there, this is my go-to article for reference.