Author: Sarah Maki

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature ¼ cup + 2 tsp of a stevia-based sweetener* (like Truvía®) ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp skim milk ⅔ cup rolled oats 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips Serving Size: 2 cookies Yield: Makes 48 cookies Directions Assemble all ingredients; preheat oven to 375°F. Place butter, stevia-based sweetener* (like Truvía®) and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Cream together ingredients for 1½ minutes, then add eggs, vanilla and milk. Mix for 1...

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Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup strawberries 1 cup blueberries 1 banana 1 cup fat-free plain yogurt 1 cup orange juice 1 cup ice 1 Tbsp + ½ tsp of stevia-based sweetener* (like Truvía®) Serving Size: 1 ½ cups (12 fl. oz.) Yield: Makes 4 servings Directions Add all ingredients to blender. Blend on high until smooth. Enjoy. *Please consult online conversion chart, as conversions vary by...

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How does stevia affect blood sugar?

Stevia leaf extract has demonstrated to have no effect on blood sugar levels—which is good news for people with diabetes. Because stevia leaf extract had previously shown to increase insulin production in a study of mice, several regulatory authorities questioned the effect stevia leaf extract had on blood sugar. This prompted a double blinded randomized clinical study that was detailed in an article published in 2008 in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, demonstrating high purity stevia leaf extract to have no effect on blood sugar levels. In that article, K.C. Maki and colleagues answered questions about the...

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Has the FDA approved stevia?

Stevia leaf extract is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) in accordance with the US FDA requirements. Crude stevia, or whole-leaf stevia, does not have GRAS status from the US FDA and has not been permitted for use as a food additive. One way the US FDA accomplishes its food safety mission is to distinguish between “food additives” and “dietary supplements.” Food additives (such as stevia leaf extract) can be approved by the US FDA or declared to be GRAS. Food additives are described as any substance intentionally added to a food. Because stevia leaf extract has GRAS status, it...

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Stevia nutrition information

Stevia leaf extract has no nutritional value on its own, yet stevia leaf extract can still play a role in a healthy balanced diet by providing sweetness with zero calories. Stevia leaf extract is a zero-calorie sweetener that is an alternative to sugar and does not raise blood glucose levels—a concern for people with diabetes. Table 2 below lists the complete nutrition facts for stevia leaf extract. While providing 0 calories per serving, stevia leaf extract also has an estimated glycemic load of 0. Stevia leaf extract is 200-350 times as sweet as sugar. As a result, the average...

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