I am a huge fan of stevia. I have tried almost every brand out there and I can honestly say that NuNaturals is the best. Most other brands have a bitter aftertaste or just taste a lil’ funky. NuNaturals is also the only brand I have been able to easily bake with. Their Baking Blend can be used in the same amounts as sugar, so you don’t have to do any crazy conversions or substitutions.
Why not just use sugar? Because the body doesn’t need it! Yes, it is true that our brains can only use glucose, but that is what carbohydrates (fruit, veg, rice, bread, etc) are made of. Straight up refined sugar is not nutritionally necessary and can have many negative effects on the body, like raising blood sugar, spiking insulin, causing insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes. Furthermore, your cells can convert dietary protein (and lactate, pyruvate, and the glycerol backbone of fat) to glucose, which is why you don’t die on Atkins.
However, I know stevia is pretty expensive, especially the liquid kind, so I am super excited to announce that…
4 Whole Wheat or Bust readers will win a box of 50 stevia packets and a bottle of NuNaturals [famous] vanilla liquid stevia!
I rarely enter blog giveaways, but I always do when its stevia or protein powder. I recommend you hop on this gravy train. It’s eazay:
1. One entry for commenting with a recipe you would like to see featured or ‘healthified’ on the blog.
2. One entry for commenting with a suggestion for something you would like to see more and/or less of on Whole Wheat or Bust (like workouts, personal information, specific types of recipes, health facts, news, photos, posts in general).
3. One, two, or three entries for posting about this giveaway on your blog, facebook, and/or twitter. Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each!
4. One entry for telling me something health related that you want to learn more about. (For example, B vitamins, the female athlete triad, the insulin index, dietary cholesterol…)
Also, NuNaturals has kindly offered to send you free samples of their NuStevia Packets if you send a self-addressed, stamped, # 10 envelope to them at:
2220 West 2nd Ave. # 1
Eugene, OR 97402
Anddd, Whole Wheat or Bust readers get a special 15% discount and free shipping on orders over 35$ on online orders at www.nunaturals.com ! At the checkout page, enter the code BLG930.
The giveaway ends in 10 days, on August 18th, 2011!
Woo, that was a mouthful! I hope you all enter the giveaway and have a wonderful Monday!