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Stevia and Candida Albicans
Itching, scratching, squirming... Winning the battle against candida and yeast infections with stevia. Eliminating sugar is paramount and stevia makes the best substitution.

April 23, 2006

The Bottom Line About Stevia

The past few weeks I have been get deluged with questions about stevia, how to use it, what does it taste like, can you cook with it and where does the FDA stand. Stevia is super-sweet and all-natural with zero calories.

Stevia, also known as stevioside, is made from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana, a shrub native to Paraguay. South Americans and Asians have used it as a sweetener for centuries. The Food and Drug Administration estimates stevia is 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. The FDA is also why stevia isn't in every cookie and cake sold in this country.

The FDA doesn't classify stevia as GRAS (generally recognized as safe). It's not approved as a sweetener and can only be sold when labeled as a dietary supplement. Natural foods stores sell it as a liquid or a powder.

Though sweeter than sugar, stevia has a very slight licorice-like taste and with lower grade stevia it can be almost bitter. Because it's unregulated, it's not standardized, so one company's stevia will be more concentrated than another's and some is more bitter than others. And because it lacks the bulking properties of sugar, some people have found it to be struggle to use in recipes.

Here are a few tips when using our stevia.

When baking with pure Steviva Brand Stevia Powder we suggest you mix 1/8 of a teaspoon with 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce. Because stevia is 250 times sweeter than sugar you lose a lot of volume from replacing the sugar.

When recipes ask for brown sugar you can use an equal amount of Steviva Brand Stevia Blend with 2 tablespoons of molasses added. If you are not using the blend and need a brown sugar substitute then you can use 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce 1/8 of a teaspoon of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and 2 tablespoons of molasses.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


Your Life Will Respond To Your Outlook
Max Steingart

Life is largely a matter of expectation. If you want to succeed, you must expect to succeed.

When you expect things to happen, strangely enough, they do happen. Expectation energizes your goals and give them momentum. When you believe something good can happen, it will happen.

Set your goals high. If you want to succeed beyond your wildest expectations you have to begin with some wild expectations.

The dreams you believe in come to be.


One Pill Makes You Larger, One Pill Makes You Smaller

popping pills to lose weight

I am sure you have seen all the commercials on TV and in print that you can take a pill and lose weight. And you have seen all the before and after pictures as well. I can assure you that popping a pill to reach your health and fitness goals is not the answer!

While dietary supplementation can help you achieve your goals there is no substitution for hard work and dedication. Supplementation is designed to supplement your healthy eating and exercise habits. Without addressing all the areas of fitness results are normally minimal with short-term effects.


Learn From Your Experiences

"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."

-- Aldous Huxley

What was your peak experience of this past week?

What was your most challenging experience?

Stepping back to review your week can offer many insights. Normally we can’t see the forest for the trees. Now back away and see the whole forest. Review your week. Now write a short summary -- whatever comes to mind for you. If action is required, plan how you will accomplish it in the next week.

"Ask the experienced rather than the learned."

-- Arabic proverb

"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."

-- Franklin P. Jones


Amazing All Natural Sugar Free Almond Pudding
(makes 8 servings)
Skill Level: Easy

Nonstick cooking spray
6 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or (2/3 cup apple sauce and 1/10 tsp.
Steviva Brand Stevia Powder)
3/4 cup almonds, finely ground
6 egg whites
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped

Lightly coat a 9-1/2-inch round cake pan with cooking spray; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat egg yolks with an electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and lemon colored. Add almond extract; beat on low speed until combined. Gradually add Steviva Brand Stevia Blend beating on low speed until combined. Fold in almonds. Set aside.

Thoroughly wash the beaters. In a medium mixing bowl beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold about one-fourth of the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until combined. Fold remaining egg whites into egg yolk mixture. Spoon into prepared pan, spreading evenly.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut into wedges. Serve warm with strawberries and whipped cream made with Steviva Brand Stevia Blend.

Nutritional Facts Per Serving:
Serving Size: 3 Ounces
86 calories
4 g protein
3 g total fat (0.9 g saturated fat)
3.2 g carbohydrate
2.1 g dietary fiber
3.5 mg cholesterol
3 mg sodium

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