White Stevia Extract Powder
stevia powder can be up
times sweeter than regular sugar. Initially, a lot of
brands used to
sell powder based on stevioside, which as we already know, is stevia's
main glycoside. The only disadvantage in that, is that stevioside can
have a bitter aftertaste that not everyone is fond of.
With the discovery of rebaudioside
A however, a lot of stevia
manufacturers were able to develop new ways of making stevia without
the bitter aftertaste. Since the powder is so potent, you will only
need a teaspoon or two in order to replace the amount of sucrose for
your favorite sugar free recipes.
Here are sugarfreestevia's top three
choices for buying the best white stevia powder:
Nustevia Pure White Stevia Extract
is this our top choice?
pure powder has a larger percentage of glycosides and is thus more potent in this
category than other stevia brands, such as KAL. The flavor is mellow
and the product does not have a bitter aftertaste, although the taste
can be overpoweringly sweet when more than the correct quantity is
used. This is a great all-round product that can be used in baking as
well as in beverages, thanks to its solubility.
There are a few slight drawbacks, in that there is no scoop or spoon
included in the product, and that the packaging is slightly deceptive
to the eye: the 1oz (28gr) bottle seems large but is only about 40%
full. This may not be a big deal for some, but we felt it was important
to note nonetheless.
As a last remark: if you buy the big 1lb (450gr) bottle, it might be incorrectly labeled
to contain maltodextrin. We have confirmation straight from NuNaturals
that this is indeed a labeling error, and that this product does NOT contain
maltodextrin. NuStevia is a best-selling stevia product in many online
stores, and gets a lot of great reviews from consumers and stevia
KAL Pure Stevia Extract
pure stevia powder is ranked #1 on Amazon in its category. It’s organic, pure and
has no added ingredients.
bottles contain slightly more powder than the NuNaturals ones: 3.5oz
(100gr) as opposed to 1oz (28gr), with the price being around and about
equal. The downside is that a slight bitter aftertaste is
discernable if you use too much of the powder, which is why it just
falls short of the top spot, although it is a close second.
have found that it dissolves
well in both hot and cold liquids, and that it is best
used in coffee. Another bonus is that a small scoop is
included for aiding measurement.
The SweetLeaf pure stevia extract has a kosher certification
and, like the others, contains no fillers. No scoop or spoon is
included and again, there is a slight bitter aftertaste if too much of
the powder is used.
have found that the powder tends to get lumpy after a while and does
not dissolve all too well. Nevertheless, it’s all about personal
preference, and while this product might not work for some, there are
others that still swear by it and laud its taste.
stevia extract is a very
popular choice among stevia lovers.
It's not as concentrated as the white powder, and often additional
flavors are added to the liquid, such as chocolate, vanilla, raspberry
and so on. Stevia liquid is sold in convenient
dropper bottles and has
a long shelf life. The products are easy to carry along with you in
your purse whenever you go out to a restaurant and don't want to use
the artificial sweeteners on offer there! Let's have a look at our top
picks for liquid stevia extract:
Clear Liquid Stevia
Why is this
our top choice?
SweetLeaf is known
for its dominance in the liquid stevia category. Their products have
the least licorice or
bitter aftertaste of all the brands, and they also have
the largest array of flavors for fruit sorbets, shakes, or other sugar
free recipes. Some of them are vanilla, English
toffee, chocolate, lemon drop, berry, hazelnut,
Valencia orange, root beer, peppermint, grape, cinnamon and apricot
We have found that their clear liquid stevia works best in home-made
lemonade, tea and – for some – in coffee and the milk for your
breakfast cereal. Usually, a mere 4 to 8 drops are sufficient to successfully sweeten
food or beverages.
No alcohol is used in the processing of this product: only grapefruit
seed extract is used for preservation purposes. It dissolves well and
doesn’t make your drinks cloudy.
Clear Stevia Liquid
A close second,
NuNaturals clear stevia suffers from a slightly less convenient and
consistent dripper on its glass bottles (not on the plastic ones
though). But that’s just about the only drawback: NuNaturals has
impressively expanded their flavor range and is SweetLeaf’s closest
rival in the liquid category.
The greatest merit of this clear stevia, is that it’s the most potent of all the brands.
It’s not syruppy and works well in yoghurt, recipes with fruit and
various desserts. There is no bitter aftertaste and it has a mild flavor,
although it must be said that this product contains alcohol and
also sells a liquid stevia variant without alcohol, if that’s a problem
for you in any way. The liquid dissolves
well without cloudiness and has a long shelf life.
3. NOW Foods Stevia Liquid Extract
NOW stevia liquid
contains 11% alcohol, which ensures that the product can be kept at
room temperature without any loss of quality – liquid stevia products
that do not contain alcohol should always be stored in the refrigerator
for optimal results.
The product packaging states that sedimentation may occur, although we
personally did not detect any problems in this department. The biggest
upside to buying NOW products, is that the brand is very cheap.
However, the liquid is less sweet than other brands, and
overcompensating this by adding more leads to bitterness. Therefore,
the NOW liquid stevia is not ideal for recipes that require a larger
amount of sweetener. It is best
used for sweetening beverages.
We also noticed the formation of a gummy residue on the bottle after a
while, making the cap somewhat difficult to remove.
Suited for sugar free recipes as well as for sweetening beverages such
as coffee and tea, most brands offer a range of granulated stevia. The
problem with stevia packets is that they only contain a very small
amount of stevia. The rest of the product is severely diluted with
fillers - often sugar alcohols - in order to equal the strength of
about 2-3 teaspoons of sugar per packet.
stevia packets are about 98% filler and 2% stevia extract. This means
that there is a small amount of carbs and/or calories attached to this
stevia. Be aware of this false advertising. For a pure stevia
experience, try the white extract powders at the top of this page.
stevia packets are still hands down the most popular form of stevia,
according to our "favorite brand of stevia" poll. The top three brands
that came up, all produce stevia packets almost exclusively. Here's
what our visitors selected to be the
best stevia brands for stevia packets:
1. Stevita Spoonable Stevia
Why is this our top choice?
is the pioneer of stevia
in the United States. The company, founded by
Oscar Rodes back in 1988, was the first to introduce stevia on a large
scale in the US, and many still swear by its products. Therefore, it’s
no surprise that a majority of our visitors have voted for Stevita as
their favorite brand in
We think that their best
product is Stevita Spoonable, which is pretty potent: one packet equals
about three packets of sugar. Erythritol
is used as a filler in this
product, which doesn’t clump but the aftertaste of Spoonable seems to
be somewhat of a hit or miss. Some people like it, some don’t. We
encourage you to try it out and tell us your findings!
2. Stevia In The Raw
Stevia in the Raw is
a close second in our website poll. The company only has two products:
these packets, and a bulk "cup for cup" variant for recipes that
require larger quantities of stevia.
It is less potent than Stevita Spoonable and needs about two packages
to sweeten a normal-sized drink. The upside however, is that even in
higher quantities, we concluded that Stevia in the Raw has the least aftertaste of
all the brands in the packets category.
This product uses dextrose
as a filler, which might turn some people off because it adds to the
calorie count. Subsequently, the “raw” part of its name might be the
subject of debate, albeit containing about ten times less
calories than regular household sugar.
Truvia is Cargill’s
infamous FDA approved stevia sweetener, which means that it can be
found in just about every
supermarket. It completes the top three of our poll and
contains about 3 carbs per packet, because it uses erythritol as a filler.
Be sure to keep this in mind when using Truvia in your sugar free
There is no bitter aftertaste, although the erythritol is clearly
discernable and the product obviously doesn’t taste like regular sugar.
That said, regular users will not have to worry about desensitizing to
the product. Amazon
is the only bulk seller
of Truvia that we know of, and at a great
price as well, which makes it worth checking out.
Stevia tabs (or tablets) are another popular choice when sweetening
both hot and cold beverages. They will leave a small residue at
the bottom of your glass or cup after drinking. This residue is cellulose powder and
although it might not look particularly appetizing, we can assure you
it's completely harmless. It's simply used as a stabilizer, so that the
tablets can keep their solid structure.
brands have been reported to
dissolve quite poorly. This seems to be a common problem with a lot of
brands, but we have taken the time to select only the best
stevia tabs for your convenience:
Nustevia Quick Dissolve Tabs
is this our top choice?
wins another category! Why? Well, because we have found that they
produce the only tabs that dissolve
consistently well in iced drinks,
as well as in hot beverages. The tablets melt fast and thanks to their
large size, they are dense
and break into smaller pieces effortlessly.
bottle contains an adsorbent
packet and a cotton ball inside, to
prevent the tablets from moistening and clumping together, which we
felt was a nice touch.
As with most of the NuNaturals products,
their tablet range is also more
potent than that of the competition,
with one tablet equaling 2 lumps of sugar. For most people, just half a
tablet will suffice for their everyday coffee, which effectively
doubles this product’s value. This
one’s a winner!
Foods Better Stevia Instant Tabs
NOW Foods brand has been around for
decades, and in that time, they have built an outstanding
relationship with their customers, based on their range of solid
products. Many people swear by this brand, although it's not one of
the big guns in the industry.
we’ve said before, NOW consistently beats
prices time and time again. Unfortunately, this does seem
to have its
effect on product quality. The tablets have trouble dissolving in cold
liquids and their taste is noticeably less potent.
As with liquids though, the bottles are convenient to take with you and
we thought the pop-off
lid was a nice bonus compared to NuNaturals’
screw top. The NOW tabs also contain chromium which helps to sustain
your metabolism. Despite the fierce competition in this
thoroughly deserves its silver medal!
3. SweetLeaf SteviaTabs
The least potent of
the stevia tabs, a SweetLeaf tablet is about equal to one teaspoon of
sugar. The upsides are that the tabs are gluten and lactose free
and that the bottle contains a dessicator
packet to keep the moisture out.
That said, we have found that the tablets dissolve slower than other
brands and do not dissolve well in cold beverages. If you’re fan of the
SweetLeaf taste, you might not be bothered with this, but as a neutral
spectator, it’s hard to be terribly impressed by this product.