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How to Use Stevia
  There are several ways in which you can use Stevia. The first thing you need to understand is that Stevia is very sweet, especially in it's white powder or liquid extract form. Just one half a teaspoon of white stevia or extract is equal to one cup of white sugar. You can mix white powder stevia with some warm water to make it more workable, or you can buy stevia in its liquid concentrate form. Stevia in powdered leaf form is not as sweet as the concentrated form but still as much as 30 times sweeter then sugar. (stevia in the white powder form does not retain all of the medicinal properties as in leaf form) 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of powdered leaf is equal to 1 cup of sugar. You can make your own liquid extract from the leaves or purchase it that way. Baked goods sweetened with stevia do not brown as much and stevia does not perform as sugar when needed for leavening with yeast (stevia does not act like a food for yeast as sugar does that is why it is good inside your body) Stevia can be added to other sweeteners like honey to increase its sweetening power with less quantities. Stevia is also a "flavor enhancer" and works great on dairy products, fruit dishes and even vegetables and salads. You can use stevia in soft drinks, shakes, pudding, tea, coffee, sorbet. Some stevia powders are cut with other ingredients such as maltodextrin. If you are going to buy stevia cut with something it is best to buy stevia with FOS.(fructooligosaccharides). There are many other ways in which you can use stevia. You can use whole stevia leaf to make tea or add to teas for sweetening. Carry stevia leaves with you and put in your mouth to calm those midday cravings. You can even use the leaves when trying to quit tobacco or alcohol. Try the leaves for an upset stomach. People have also used stevia as a mouth wash as it can help retard plaque. Some people have used stevia for bleeding gums. Stevia also works well topically as a mask ingredient as it can help to tighten the skin.

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