Stevia Glycerite vs Stevia Extract
They are basically the same for taste, or sweetening power, and it takes the same amount. So there is no loss if you use one or the other. The only difference I've seen is that the glycerite is somewhat "thick," like a light syrup, but the other one is as thin as water. When I got that one by mistake one time, I called the company and accused them of watering it down, but they insisted it's just a different form of the same thing. And after using it, I have to agree. No difference in sweetness. However, I think another difference might be no alcohol in the glycerite. As for different flavors, I have not seen any online, but my health food store carries a few. The prices are much much higher in the stores, though.
Understanding the different forms of stevia can be challenging. This post shares my experience in using all 4 forms as well as includes a conversion chart. This stevia conversion chart is based on using the Sweetleaf stevia brand. I’ve been cooking and baking with it for over 3 years and feel confident in sharing my personal conversion chart with you.
FLAVORED LQIUID STEVIA’S
The liquid form of stevia is and has been my number one way to sweeten a recipe. Often because the flavors are fabulous, especially in a no bake recipe. When you only need a 1/4 cup or less of “sugar” these would be what I would use. All these liquid flavored stevia’s as well as the clear stevia by Sweetleaf do not contain alcohol. In their flavors they add vanilla extract, hazelnut extract, coconut or cocoa extract etc. to enhance the flavor. I find when a liquid contains the alcohol just like in imitation vanilla extract there is a aftertaste I am not a fan of. The NuNaturals Clear does have 20% pure grain alcohol in it, but they also have a an alcohol free liquid stevia. I do find the NuNaturals alcohol free liquid to be a bit sweeter in comparison to the Sweetleaf liquid stevia’s.
Packets are wonderful to take on the go for easy traveling. Great to put in coffee and oatmeal. If you’re baking though you may need to use quite a few to create a recipe needing at least a 1/2 cup of sugar. I won’t use NuNaturals powdered packets of stevia is because it contains maltodextrin. Sweetleaf does not.
This is powdered stevia with inulin fiber. Inulin fiber is a natural occurring carbohydrate found in 36,000 species of plants. It’s most common form comes from chicory. It has health benefits in that it helps increase calcium absorption. It does not raise blood sugar and is suitable for diabetics. Depending on how much inulin fiber is used in any stevia product you purchase it ranges from bland to subtle sweetness. Here in this product 1 tablespoon equals 1/2 cup of sugar. Many of my recipes refer to using this powdered stevia. I started using this one at the very beginning of my baking with stevia as I was uncertain I wanted to begin with the pure extract. Unless otherwise noted as pure extract you would NOT replace pure stevia extract with this powdered stevia that contains fiber. The two are not equal in strength as you will see below. This product could be used in exchange with packets of stevia as they are about equal in strength.
PURE STEVIA EXTRACT
As I have gotten more confident in using stevia in my baked goods I am experimenting more and more with the pure extract and it will be noted and linked in every recipe which one I use. This is the pure stevia extract with no fiber. I have also used the organic pure extract from Trader Joes and it seems similar in strength to this Sweetleaf brand. It is very strong and very sweet. Unless needing at least a cup of sugar in a recipe I would not recommend even using the pure extract. Anything less than a cup and the liquid, packets or a powdered product should be used.
STEVIA BAKING BLENDS
Most baking blends on the market contain maltodextrin which is derived from corn in the United states. Some baking blends actually also contain sugar and stevia to attempts to reduce how much sugar is used. I’ve not found one blend I liked the ingredients on so therefore can not recommend any at this point. The only thing to note about baking blends is they do make baking easier because all you need to replace is the sugar in any recipe you want. It’s certainly not the case with using the pure extract or any of the above stevia products I use. Stevia baking blends are NOT the same as the powdered stevia above and should not be used interchangeably.
A lot of time , effort, experimentation and cost goes into my recipes to share them with you as I rarely can make them once and call it a day. Life would be a whole lot easier if I could use a baking blend, but I honestly don’t feel good about putting that in my body or my families bodies. You can read more about what to look for when purchasing stevia in this post, The 3 Best Stevia products.
What is the difference between stevia and stevia glycerite
The Stevia Glycerite has no alcohol and no bitter after taste like most sweeteners though a few have reported very slight taste but not enough to dump it. To me the Better Stevia has a strong bitter taste whether it's used in tea and or coffee. In fact to me it's the same as using the pink, blue and yellow envelopes. I gave the Better Stevia and all the other brands I tried (powder & liquid) away. The Glycerite I bought came with a dropper and it only took 1 or 2 tries to get control of it's use.
I was told that the Glycerite also comes flavored, one of which is raspberry but I haven't found it online yet. I'd like to see if I can get good raspberry iced tea flavor without it being too sweet.
Is there a difference between stevia and stevia extract
Our stevia leaf is organic and is around 20-30 times sweeter than cane sugar. It is green in appearance and is not completely water soluble, meaning that some of it will float in your beverage. When compared to our organic stevia extract it is weaker but it is more in its pure state, as the ground up stevia leaf is used in a further process to make stevia extract. A 100g of organic stevia leaf can flavour around 6kg of most unflavored protein powders. In contrast a 100g of stevia extract can flavour around 40-60kg of unflavoured protein powder.
Stevia Glycerite to powdered Stevia
To complicate matters even further, there are a number of different companies that make stevia. The quality, flavor, and sweetness varies from product to product. Your best option is to try a few different brands and choose the one you like best. Some companies combine pure stevia powder with maltodextrin or another filler. While such products are still sweet, they don’t compare in strength to the pure powder.
Although different stevia products offer different levels of sweetness, we have provided approximate stevia equivalencies. When substituting stevia for sugar, use the following chart to determine proper amounts. Remember, these equivalents are approximate.
When you need only the smallest amount of sweetener to flavor a cup of tea or coffee, for example, you may find the stevia powder a little difficult to adjust. Even the tiny amount you may gather onto the point of a dinner knife might make that cup of tea or coffee too sweet. For this reason, we recommend turning the powder into a “working solution.”
Dissolve one teaspoon of white powder in three tablespoons of filtered water. Pour the solution into a dropper-style bottle and refrigerate. You can also buy ready-made stevia liquid concentrate from your local health food store.
Stevia Powder vs Liquid
Especially in the amounts that are normally used, there is virtually no difference, nutritionally, between pure liquid stevia and pure powdered stevia. The former simply contains more water. In both cases, officially, the stevia is 0 calories, 0 vitamins, 0 minerals, and it has a glycemic index of 0.
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