Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is SweetDrops Liquid Stevia and I recommend the 4oz bottle because it lasts a hell of a lot longer, though you can get it in a 2oz bottle or go the other way and get a twin pack of 4oz bottles. This is one of those cases though were the more you buy the better the price.
I took a bit of time to come to love stevia, it is sweet, but no it doesn’t taste exactly like sugar. It does taste a lot better than every single other calorie free sweetener I have ever tried including sucralose. What I learned worked was to use just one drop say in tea, taste it, then add one more, until I found my perfect amount for a given cup. After about a week of using it, you realize it doesn’t taste that different from sugar after all.
The deal is your body is highly tuned to sugar, it knows exactly what it is supposed to taste like, one reason those of us who grew up in the 70s know those of you who are younger have no idea what Coke is supposed to taste like! Corn sugar is not cane sugar!
It is kind of the same with Stevia, it just takes some getting used to. Once you do though you may very well prefer it to sugar. The liquid alone means you can sweeten cold drinks and it will actually dissolve. I use this all the time in my morning tea and in our amazing low carb strawberry limeade.
If you are looking for stevia on Amazon, SweetDrops Liquid Stevia is your best option. It is on prime, a 4oz bottle is only about 20 bucks with free shipping, I paid 8 bucks for a one ounce bottle at a store recently because we needed it. I have tried other vendors on Amazon, with poor shipping times and damaged and returned by the shipper orders due to shitty packaging. While it may seem expensive I drink 8-10 cups of tea most days and a bottle lasts me about 3 months.
If you check SweetDrops Liquid Stevia has 561 reviews and 4.5 stars and if you actually read the one star reviews it will hurt your faith in humanity! Seriously. My favorite negative review is, “I don’t like this one either”. sigh.
The only valid criticism is that the dropper is a bit short so you end up with some at the bottom that is hard to get out. This is a non issue to me, when I get close to running out, I simply order more. Then, when it gets difficult to get the last bit out, I open the new bottle and use it about two weeks, by then you have some head space and just pour what is left in the old bottle into the new one. Also frankly if you tilt the fricken bottle, you can get most of it out easily. Again some negative reviews on Amazon make my faith in humanity fall further than it already is.
In the end guys being serious, excess sugar consumption is the number one cause of lifestyle disease in the modern world. Yes this site is The Survival Podcast, and man this is a survival topic, getting off sugar could save your life.
Here is a simple low end break down, say you drink 4 cups of coffee or tea a day, with one tsp of sugar per cup, and 4 “soft drinks” or similar at 12 ounces each a day. We will go low and say those have about 2 tsp of sugar per drink. Well that is 12 tsp a day, 84 tsp a week. That is almost 310 carbohydrates a week, in pure sugar form, jacking up your insulin resistance.
From a purely caloric standpoint, that is 1344 calories, if you are on a 1500-2000 calorie a day level, well that is almost an extra day of eating per week, 52 times a year. And this is if sugar is your only vice and you only consume it in drinks! And here we are talking self sweetened ones, look at what happens with say 4 cokes a day.
We toss out the tea, one coke has 39 carbs, x 4 is 156 x 7 = 1092 grams of carbs a week! Cut that in half down to two a day, you are now at 546 carbs a week. Can you even begin to know what that does to insulin resistance. Calorically 2 cokes a day is almost 2000 calories a week! If we go back to 4 a day, 8000 that adds up to four full days of eating to every week. With no nutrition at all.
If you are thinking, but I don’t do that, what about your kids? Kids seem to be able to eat this crap, and they can but if they do by adulthood they are addicts, and that amazing insulin resistance always goes away in the end. Just something to think about.
Why not give SweetDrops Liquid Stevia a shot in your coffee or tea. Try whipping up some of my special morning tea blend or my amazing strawberry limeade. Trust me folks kids love the limeade, so do big kids. Sugar isn’t evil but read a label it is in almost everything any more. All it is doing now is creating lifelong customers for the medical industry and drug companies. Take your health back and this is just one simple way to start doing that!
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