Hi everyone, 

In the world of sweeteners, Stevia (extracted from stevia leaves) would have to be one of the safest; it’s been around for a long time, it’s natural, and there’s no proven harmful effects. SweetLeaf sweeteners use only water and stevia leaves (plus the natural flavours in some of the varieties)- nothing else.

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Nutritional benefits: 

  • Stevia is much, much, much stronger than typical sugar, resulting in no calories/kilojoules! This means SweetLeaf is a great substitute for sugar when trying to remove additional calories.
  • SweetLeaf doesn’t cause a glycaemic response, meaning it won’t cause spikes in blood glucose the way regular sugar does.
  • SweetLeaf is also a great sweetener for diabetics due to this lack of glycaemic response.
  • Unlike many other sweeteners, from a health perspective, stevia has been shown to be safe for consumption.
  • Stevia is not artificial – it’s made from leaves!

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Additional information: 

With baking, you can’t simply replace sugar with SweetLeaf drops weight-for-weight, but there’s more than enough recipes out there that can help you find a recipe that is just as delicious. 

Recipe: 

No Bake Coconut Cashew Protein Bars from SweatLeaf.    

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Where to buy: http://www.shopsweetleaf.com/liquid-stevia-steviaclear/ and some health food stores in Australia.

There’s a whole variety of flavours in this calorie-free range you can choose from, making SweetLeaf a great sugar alternative.

Until next time,

Travelling Dietitian x

About The Author

Kara Landau aka "Travelling Dietitian" is an Australian Accredited Practicing Dietitian based in Sydney, Australia. She is a world explorer, healthy foodie, social butterfly, barre and HIIT class lover. When she isn't trying new cuisines, researching new product innovations in the health food space, or speaking to the media on behalf of her food industry clients, she can be found quietly conjuring up her next idea on how to make this world a healthier and better place.