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CrystalDorsey

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I know that the brand recommended by Dee is Sweet Leaf for their natural cool water process of extracting the stevia, without alcohol.  However, I've tried a couple of other brands out there that I like the taste better, and I'm wondering if it's because they have been processed in some undesirable way to take more of the bitterness (is that the Reb-A?) out... Omica Organics liquid stevia and NuNaturals liquid stevia.  Is there a reason to avoid a product that uses glycerin or alcohol other than aftertaste?

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Crystal

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I do like Sweet Leaf the best for several reasons.  Their product retains more of the naturally sweet glycosides than the other products on the market.  There are over 25 glycosides within the leaves of the stevia plant, along with many vitamins and minerals. The two sweetest glycosides are stevioside and rebaudioside A (also known as Reb A). Stevioside has the aftertaste, Reb A does not.

Sweet Leaf soaks the stevia leaves in cool water, and over a period of soaking time, all the nutrients are extracted. Then they use a series of filters of various molecular pores (sizes) which can extract various compounds and separate them. They end up with the four most desirable glycosides, leaving behind the bitter ones. 

This is a proprietary process developed by Sweet Leaf, and they are the only company that uses a 100% cool water extraction. No bleaches or chemicals ever touch the product.

The ingredients in the Sweet Leaf liquid extract says: Purified water, organic stevia leaf extract, natural flavors.

Most other companies extract differently. They seek to extract only the rebaudioside A, which is the sweetest glycoside. The process usually involves drying the leaves, using water for the first extraction and then narrowing the product down to only the Reb A with alcohol.  The alcohol is usually made from grain, corn to be exact.  Unless the label says the alcohol is organic, I think we should all assume that the alcohol is made from GMO corn.  Vegetables glycerin is typically made from soybeans, which are also GMO unless they are organic.

The Nu Naturals Stevia ingredient list says: Stevia rebaudiana, Water, 20% pure grain alcohol, vegetable glycerine and natural flavors.

This is not an organic product, and there is no indication that they are using non-GMO ingredients, so I have to assume that the alcohol and glycerin come from GMO corn and soybeans.

NOW has an organic stevia with similar ingredients, but they are organic: De-Ionized water, certified organic stevia extract (stevia rebaudiana) (leaf) and 11% organic alcohol.

Sweet Leaf seems to be the only company now that is extracting more of the glycosides and not just the Reb A.  That's why I like it best.  

It is ultimately up to you what you decide to use, but I would caution against anything that might contain GMO's.


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CrystalDorsey

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Thanks, Dee!  I knew there was something I was missing... I see the Omica Organics version, though more processed that the Sweet Leaf in all likelihood, at least says it's Non-GMO.  I will keep this in mind when purchasing!
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