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Something a little different in this video – an IMMENSELY IMPORTANT video about Stevia. Stevia is touted as a healthy sweetener choice, a natural sweetener which is ideal to use in low carb, keto, ketogenic or banting diets or lifestyles. But the question I pose to you is: ARE YOU REALLY EATING STEVIA??!
I had been using a product called Stevia in the Raw. I picked up this sweetener from the supermarket. The name of this product, Stevia in the Raw, suggests it is natural and simply raw stevia. There is also wording on the packet/bag stating that it is naturally sourced. This led me (and I am sure many others who have bought this sweetener) to believe it is pure Stevia.
Now I am a HUGE proponent of reading the labels on EVERYTHING I buy. In fact, I have been asked in Costco before “what are you looking at / what are you looking for” because I pick up every product and read the label, ingredients and macros. Every single person should be doing this! However, for some reason, I did not do this with this product Stevia in the Raw. And this is what I found:
This product contains Steviol Glycoside / Steviol Glycosides which is/are the chemical compounds responsible for the sweet taste of the leaves of the South American plant Stevia rebaudiana (Asteraceae), and the main ingredients (or precursors) of many sweeteners marketed under the generic name stevia and several trade names. So far so good. There is, however, another ingredient included in this bag called Maltodextrin.
Maltodextrin is a white powder made from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat. Even though it comes from plants, it’s highly processed. To make it, first the starches are cooked, and then acids or enzymes are added to break it down further. The resulting white powder is water-soluble and has a neutral taste.
Maltodextrin is generally used as a thickener or filler to increase the volume of a processed food. This is why it is used in Stevia in the Raw. They state on their website that it is added to make the product comparable with table sugar in terms of sweetness and volume. So one teaspoon of the product is equal to one teaspoon of sugar. Maltodextrin is also a preservative that increases the shelf life of packaged foods. It’s inexpensive and easy to produce, so it’s useful for thickening products like instant pudding and gelatins, sauces, and salad dressings. It can also be combined with artificial sweeteners to sweeten products like canned fruits, desserts, and powdered drinks (as done in Stevia in the Raw). It’s even used as a thickener in personal care items like lotion and hair care products.
Maltodextrin has 4 calories per gram — the same amount as sucrose, or table sugar. Like sugar, your body can digest maltodextrin quickly, so it’s useful if you need a quick boost of calories and energy. However, MALTODEXTRIN’S GLYCEMIC INDEX IS HIGHER THAN TABLE SUGAR, ranging from 106 to 136. This means that it can raise your blood sugar level very quickly. This is why it is an absolute NO GO on a low carb, keto, ketogenic or banting lifestyle or diet. It is WORSE than sugar in terms of its insulagenic effect on your body (i.e. how much insulin your body will create after eating a particular food)!
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions on this product Stevia in the Raw, on sweeteners in general or any other questions at all! Simply leave a comment in the comments section of the video and I will be sure to get back to you. Your friend in low carb, keto, ketogenic and banting lifestyle, The Keto King.
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I know this is an older video, so I don't know if you'll still be monitoring the comments, but does dextrose fall into the same category as maltodextrin? After watching your video, I checked the Equal Stevia I purchased, only to realize dextrose is the main ingredient. Also appears that only 2.75 grams per 100 grams is actual stevia. Thanks in advance for your time.
+u͟n͟k͟n͟o͟w͟n͟ g͟i͟r͟l͟ That's right. Despite what the name suggests, Stevia in the Raw is not just Stevia. It is Stevia + Maltodextrin. Stevia + Erythritol would be good to use but maltodextrin is terrible for you, especially on Keto. Pure Stevia is very sweet and you'd only need a touch to sweeten up goods. Companies mix it with another product to make it a 1:1 sugar substitute like Stevia In The Raw. Check the labels/ingredients before you buy!
wow.... i wish i knew!!! i used my budget to buy 3 of those to start my diet. i couldnt find anything better in my area. i just started 1 week ago and im seeing results...but its good to know i should not buy any more! dang it! messed this up and didn't realize shredded cheese had corn starch....
I have a bag of Stevia n the Raw and on the back it says that the ingredients are Stevia leaf extract and maltodexrine which is made from corn, rice, potato starch, or wheat. It does test high on the glycemic index. However it is used in such small quantities that food items it is used in will not register as raising your BGL unless it is meant to do so i.e. with cookies and cakes etc. As a diabetic I have to watch my BGL by testing several times a day. Stevia in the Raw is my sweetener of choice and does not effect my BGL. Of course I don't drink sweetened beverages at every meal so I do get to see if my BGL change much when if use SITR or not. I did not see the added ingredients that you have on your bag. Perhaps it is a difference in the way it's packaged for other countries? I'd really like to see a close up of the back of your bag.
As far as I'm aware, the maltodextrin is the majority of the bag. Stevia itself is very sweet, many times sweeter than table sugar. So to make the product the equivalent sweetness of sugar (so it can be used as a 1:1 sub) they add maltodextrin, which comprises a large portion of the bag. I'd test yourself and your BGL with this product - I'd be very surprised if it didn't spike. Let us know if you do.
Urethratol? Yuk! ; ) Thanks for posting this. Deliberately designed to mislead and surely a breach of the UK Trade Descriptions Act or equivalent in other countries. What country is this manufactured in? I'm new to Keto but always avoided sweeteners apart from xylitol so when I heard that Stevia was ok went and bought some at Asda, a UK supermarket but owned by Walmart! Was surprised at how cheat it was, £0.75 or 75 pence for a big tub, less that a dollar. Then I read that it was not good to have Stevia that contained maltodextrin. Looked at the tub and sure enough it contains maltodextrin so I'm going to bin it and get some pure stuff. I think that all products should have to make it clear in big lettering on the front of the packet which additives it contains as well as the advertised product. What country is this manufactured in?
Stevia is not safe! I have tried it. I tried to stop taking sugar because people were saying too much sugar isn't good you know bla bla bla cancer bla bla bla. Then I started taking stevia because of internet rumors about how healthy it was. Throughout the entire month period I took stevia, my muscles became rubbery. When I layed down, it was like I was glued to my bed or chair. My leg and hand muscles were aching horribly and when I stopped taking stevia I got better so I guess I will have to say goodbye to stevia. I will start taking brown sugar and honey instead. Stevia can kiss my ***......
I just bought nunaturals pure stevia. After 3 different stores. Finally found it. It was tye only non blended option. I m actually really annoyed how hard it was to find. Everything else was blended with sugar, Rebiana, Reb A, dextrose and a whole bunch of other things. Occasionally the only other ingredient was erythritol but then "natural flavors" was added.
ALSO XYLITOL AND TRUVIA HAVE BOTH BEEN GLUCOSE TESTED BY MANY AND GROSSLY FAILED THE METER TEST BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY RAISE GLUCOSE. XYLITOL BEING THE WORST.
IT SPARKED INSULIN AT THE HALF MARK OF ACTUAL SUGAR. NO ONE ON KETO SHOULD BE CONSUMING XYLITOL. NOT WITHOUT CONSISTENTLY CHECKING THEIR BLOOD LEVELS AFTERWARDS. LOTS OF BAD THINGS CAN BE FOUND WITH TRUVIA TOO. CHECK YOUR BLOOD LEVELS BEFORE DECIDING ON ANOTHER PERSONS SUGGESTION. BECAUSE XYLITOL IS A TERRIBLY REPLACEMENT ONCE PEOPLE STARTED TRULY TESTING THEIR BLOOD LEVELS. DO YOUR RESEARCH
Thank you for your video...Just to let you know, I chose this video LAST because in the thumb nail you look like a person who is "over hyped" and that ur video is likely click bait...many are no longer falling for the super desperate critical thumbnails. So maybe grow your thumb nail presentation up a bit.
ALSO XYLOTOL AND TRUVIA HAVE BOTH BEEN GLUCOSE TESTED BY MANY AND GROSSLY FAILED THE METER TEST BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY RAISE GLUCOSE. XYLOTOL BEING THE WORST. IT SPARKED INSULIN AT THE HALF MARK OF ACTUAL SUGAR. NO ONE ON KETO SHOULD BE CONSUMING XYLOTOL. NOT WITHOUT CONSISTENTLY CHECKING THEIR BLOOD LEVELS AFTERWARDS.
This video is purely retarded as he's promoting artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols in placement if natural sweeteners smh. Hopefully, no one in the future will believe this garbage he throws out.
I can't believe my shyte luck I just bought this exact product that they warned about and I bought it cause it really looked healthy and I'dk raw ... but after seeing the maltodextrin I began to panic so I researched it and saw it for what it really is ...... poison then in my search I found this video... omg .. I wish I would have new before .. now I'm stick with this big ol bag of poison....... great cost me 10 dollars to
The Keto King (a.k.a The Banting Boss) yeah bro I actually went to a health foods store and bought the healthiest stuff I could find.. Can I get your opinion I don't know much about it.. Its called. BETTER STEVIA THE BRAND IS CALLED (NOW) and the O has a Canadian flag in the middle.. Thank u
Yeah I saw that - it did make me a little worried. But here is my take on it - in their test, they ate the xylitol straight so it didn't mix with all other macros which skews the results. Also, I think they ate quite a bit in one go - usually the xylitol is spread out between the whole recipe. That being said, I'm leaning more towards erythritol these days which didn't show any GI response. Hope that helps.
Your title is Clickbatey.... Your title gives the impression that Stevia itself is bad. But in the video you talk about the crappy Stevia Blends that are made. it's the sugar alcohols and artificial sugars they blend the good wholesome Stevia with that makes it crap.
I hear you, but it's a warning to anyone who uses Stevia. If you were fooled into using this product, you would think you were using Stevia (the proper, good, pure Stevia). And this video would hopefully enlighten you to this deceptively marketed product which would likely ruin one's Keto efforts.
Hey, I know I am late for the discussion here, but xylitol does raise glucose levels, whereas erythritol doesnt (or just to a minimum). I personally use sucralose, which wont affect glucose levels at all. I havent had any problems with it so far and have been using it for years. I always check the "fillers" though. Nowadays I buy the pure form at amazon - it is 600 times as sweet as sugar, so measuring is a problem as the quantities for baking will not add up to a gramm. Still better than the alternatives! Stevia is just unpalatable :D
Splenda has a new brand STEVIA and it is mixed with Erythritol but then right next to the small containor they have a bag with the same exact labeling but it's sugar and stevia blend....it pisses me off they would do that. I have a video on it
Hi ... What should I do ? In my country there is no keto friendly sweetner available and stevia as well 😭... Sucralose and aspartame are easily available here ... I can't go for online... Plz help me ... I'm on keto diet but don't use sugar and it's substitute 😖😖😖
+Shah Syed Well sucralose and aspartame are both Keto in that they don't raise blood sugar levels. But there's some controversy about whether they have other harmful effects. But it won't prevent you from being in ketosis.
I bought roasted peanuts and they have maltodextrin is this something that should worry me? i looked it up and they use it to prevent the peanuts from sticking, they say the amount they use is pretty much negligible ??? PLS answer
+MrYamato97 Hi there. Well maltodextrin has a glycemic index higher than sugar so it's always something to be concerned about. What their definition of "negligible" is could be very different than yours. A truly negligible amount isn't going to derail your Keto lifestyle, just like a negligible amount of sugar won't either. Personally, I avoid it if it contains maltodextrin, regardless of amount.
BTW, I also learned that stevia causes an insulin response which is helpful for people with high blood sugar. It will knock you out of ketosis, however, as fat in cells will be made unanavailable for fuel by the insulin response.
+WATER-MAN I just watched their video - Here's my observation: they're taking about Stevia only. They had one small bottle of pure Stevia (which they rightly said you'd only use a tiny amount of as it's incredibly sweet). Stevia and other artificial sweeteners like erythritol are great. But Stevia in the Raw has maltodextrin. Do yourself a google search for maltodextrin and GI or maltodextrin and insulin response. The data is overwhelming. You can see in the video the lady (Dr.Berg's wife) has no idea about the product she is holding when she is trying to check how that product equates quantity wise when substituting it for sugar. Stevia in raw is a 1:1 substitute (they use the maltodextrin to achieve that) and she'd know that if she'd actually used it before. I think they just made a mistake (and were fooled like many of us by the name) and bought Stevia in the Raw for demonstration purposes for that video.You can see it is a full packet which hasn't been used. It's certain that's what happened. I'll go make a friendly comment on their video to inform them - if appreciate it if you'd back me up by commenting on my comment there too. Well spotted though.
Keto King, Dr. Berg, sort of one of the spear headers of keto. says that there is no glycemic index at all for stevia( and for stevia mixed with other artificial sweeteners. I did take into consideration what you said tho about this product, and will stay away from it
Berg uses stevia in the raw in discussion in one of his vids...I don't use Stevia in the raw or ever have, thankfully.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAs2K6mQSmM&t=236s Bergs vid.
+sheilayoyo I like to maintain some level of anonymity online. This channel is not about me - it's about great Keto recipes that taste great and ACTUALLY work! I was tired of trying these "recipes" that didn't work at all and wasted my time and money. So I trust the great recipes on my channel speak for themselves.
This product review is NOT for actual STEVIA... REAL stevia is a natural sweetener..but I agree that manufacturers are MANUFACTURING "stuff" & marketing as STEVIA>>>> REAL foods are NOT PROCESSED & ENRICHED .... THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP... I noticed the ingredients when I considered buying this too... DIDN"T BUY it & makes me questions ANYTHING that that company sells.. based on their unethical/deceptive & INTENTIONALLY misleading sales tactics
I've been buying "Great Value Stevia;Made from Stevia Extract" from Walmart, but when I looked at the label more closely, this is what I found:
Ingredients: Water, Erythritol, Stevia Extract (Sweetener), Natural Flavors, Malic Acid, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives).
So, guess the wife was right and i'm going to have to purchase the more expensive SweetLeaf Stevia.
+Mark Olson Hey Mark. That product at least doesn't have something that will create an insulin spike (like maltodextrin). Yes it's got some preservatives in but it won't inhibit your low carb lifestyle.
This is a great video that more people need to see. You are doing a great thing with this channel and it is much appreciated. But now I want to ask you about something related to how these low-glycemic sugar-substitues affect ketosis.
IMHO, using only pure stevia (raw, organic, green powder can be made into a syrup or drops using water or mixed in with recipies using very small amounts) is better than using any of these "sugar alcohols" for this one single reason:
- Just like when drinking alcoholic drinks, your liver must metabolize (mainly filter out the majority and metabolize the rest) these alcohols BEFORE it will be able to convert fats to ketones. So, in essence, whenever you consume one of these low-glycemic or zero-glycemic sugar alcohols (erythritol, xylitol, etc.) you are "stalling ketosis" until the alcohols are gone.
Please tell me if you are aware of the facts being any different that what I've stated here. Am I wrong? I am in awe of how thorough you are in your research and presentations, hence I will defer authority on the matter and ask that you respond with your take on the topic, citing any supporting documentation/links/sources.
+John Fleuchaus Hi John. I'd have to look into this one to give you a comprehensive answer. My feeling is sugar alcohols shouldn't be a staple in your low carb diet. Just like in your pre-Keto life, you didn't eat cakes and sweets all the time, I definitely don't recommend the same for sugar alcohol deserts. I also think sugar alcohols affect people differently, so the best idea is to monitor how your body reacts after consuming sugar alcohols. Any increase in water retention, any fatigue. And then monitor yourself long term and see how your weight does - see if you stop losing weight or start gaining weight (if you were just maintaining your weight). It's hard to completely isolate the true cause of any bodily reaction but a pattern may develop which can help guide you on making choices best for YOUR body. Thanks for the kind comment my friend.
i use to buy this sugar until i did some research in the gmo ingredient maltodextrin. the label is extremely deceptive. .its not raw at all. u.s. junk. ...im glad there is an awakening of all this crap....
I live in Holland and I coudn't find any sweetener that I could trust. I have tried on Amazon but there are so many brands and I didn't know which one I can buy. So is there anybody who can give me some advice? thanks
Hi Lilly. Check out the links in the description box of the video. I have links there to Erythritol and Xylitol you can use to buy products off Amazon that are trusted brands and I have pasted it here for you:
►Xylitol from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2yBkYxN
►Erythritol from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2yBb9Ql.
If you want a Stevia based sweetener, let me know and I'll find one for you.
Maltodextrin is VERY Bad! I read all labels when I buy food from the shops. Vanilla extract has sugar in it which I didn't know until I read the label. I use Vanilla essence which has no sugar. Thanks for your great videos!
+Nina Sutinen Yes it is very bad, which is why I wanted to let everyone know! Lots of ingredients in products you wouldn't expect. And it's an absolute pleasure making the the video, thanks for the fantastic feedback!
Check out Mommy Knows Best Stevia. Its up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Taste great (if you don't use to much) has zero carbs and has a 100% money back guarantee and free shipping! You can buy it on Amazon but its much cheaper at https://mommyknowsbest.com/products/pure-stevia-powder-extract-sweetener-zero-calorie-sugar-substitute-no-artificial-ingredients.
This is why I subscribed to your channel and watch your videos! I was just about to make a low carb rhubarb pie with this exact product. Thank you once again for bringing this to our attention. The neighbors will get a free bag of this and back to the store I go.
I buy my stevia from a company called Stevia Canada http://www.steviacanada.com/. I buy the pure extract in bulk. Then I buy my erythritol from www.iherb.com https://www.iherb.com/pr/Now-Foods-Erythritol-Natural-Sweetener-2-5-lbs-1134-g/44499 and I mix the two myself, depending on what I am making. This works great for me, both economically and taste-wise. Am really enjoying your videos, BTW.
Well, first off, I grow my own Stevia plant. :) After I wash and dry the leaves completely (until the are dry enough to crumble easily), I then break them up and place it in a Mason jar. Pour in vodka. Close it up tight and let it sit for 48-72 hours. Strain. You can choose to steep the mixture, making sure it reaches a temp of 200 degrees for 20 minutes. If you do it that way, it needs to go in the fridge and only lasts 3-5 months. If you just jar it rather than steeping it, it can be kept in your cupboard for up to 4 or 5 years.
The Keto King (a.k.a The Banting Boss) sorry, i wasn't clear. What i meant is they consumed pure xylitol so the result is usually drastic when you take something pure but when mixed with other ingredients it's different. It won't be as drastic. That's why if someone is hypoglycemic and takes pure glucose blood suger goes up fast .so there is a difference.
The Keto King (a.k.a The Banting Boss) Hi Keto king. I saw the video too but we never consume it like that. It's mixed with other ingredients. I think that makes a difference. don't you think so? I mean xylitol.
I was buying a sugar replacement called equal from my local grocery store when I started keto because it contained aspartame which form what I read was safe to use. I later noticed though that a large portion of the ingredients was also maltodextrin! I looked that up and was shocked when I found out this information, and threw all my Equal in the bin.
Sean Aquino I'm not sure where you live in the u.s. But at my local walmarts they sell a product called Pyure. I've tried the truvia that he is talking about and it's decent tasting, but the Pyure sweetener taste sooo much better and the closest taste to actual sugar I've found. You can find it in the sugar isle with the rest of the sweetners. It's an organic blend of stevia and erythritol and it comes in a 16oz bag. It's about $7 bucks at our store but I've had the same bag for months, so it'll last a long time.
The Keto King (a.k.a The Banting Boss) can you give me an amazon link of which stevia i should purchase? that would be amazing. thanks for your reply, i decided not to use the stevia i bought. good thing!
+Sean Aquino Definitely not good Sean. Dextrose is the name of a simple sugar that is made from corn and is chemically identical to glucose, or blood sugar. It had a glycemic index of 100 which is even higher than table sugar (dextrose)!
+Frank Burns They banned it cause of the misinformation about Stevia but they rebutted it in the 90s. Stevia in no way, is linked to adrenal gland damage or hypoglycemia. Stevia helps lower blood sugar and blood pressure. Stevia is good as long as it's by itself.
+Frank Burns I didn't come across something saying that Frank. But always good to educate yourself on studies etc. You just need to be careful where the study comes from, who is funding that study etc. Everyone has an agenda.
OMGoodness Keto King, Thank you for this!!! This is the VERY product I have been using, with not only stalls...but weight gains! I am a diabetic, so this is especially pertinent information for me! So grateful!
+hipretty So glad this helped you. Even a crazy label reader like me got fooled with this one! Go with Xylitol or a Stevia / Erythritol blend. Just be sure to look at the ingredient list before buying!
Hey Keto King! Love your videos. You might want to try stevia from Steviva. I love it and they have a blend to bake with that doesn't have the bad stuff in it. http://www.steviva.com/idevaffiliate/idevaffiliate.php?id=2060
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Hi Chloe. Sweet'n Low is made primarily from granulated saccharin. It also contains dextrose and cream of tartar which would not be ideal for a low carb / keto diet as it will raise insulin levels.
In Canada, Sweet 'n Low is made from sodium cyclamate instead of saccharin. This is because saccharin was not allowed as a food additive in Canada beginning in 1977, when studies surfaced showing cancer in laboratory rats that had been given the additive. In 2014, Canada lifted this ban when those studies were proven faulty. Cyclamate is currently banned in the US.
So I would say it is not a great choice for a sweetener for a low carber. I would recommend Xylitol as a sweetner. Or you can use Erythritol (also a sugar alcohol like Xylitol) or a product like Truvia which is a Stevia and Erythritol blend.
Where exactly does it "say so right on the package"? It only tells you of the additional ingredient, Maltodextrin, in small writing on the back of the package. The name itself, Stevia in the Raw, is in my opinion, deceptive.
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