Stevia: a Sweet sugar-free
It sounds seductive. Stevia, honey leaf, sweet herb, sweet leaf or Süßblatt called, can replace sugar, is not harmful to the teeth, has no calories, and should be able to achieve, additionally, a positive effect on health. In Germany, Stevia is, however, only since the 2. December 2011 not approved as a food, since the safety of the sweetener was backed up.
As a sweetener, or sugar substitute used
Stevia, Stevia Rebaudiana, has its origin in Paraguay in South America. Already for a long time, Stevia is used because of its extremely natural Honey as a sweetener and sugar substitute. The population in Brazil and Paraguay used Stevia not only as a sugar substitute, but also as a medicine.
Stevia can lead to a lowering of blood pressure and blood sugar. Therefore, Stevia is also a suitable sugar substitute for diabetics. Also for neurodermatitis Stevia can be used as an Alternative for sugar.
Effect of Stevia
In China, Japan, USA, Israel, Mexico, new Zealand, the sweet herb as a sugar substitute in drinks as well as meals is very popular. The reason why Stevia was in large parts of Europe, long not approved, is that there was no scientific theses about the absolute safety of consuming this Alternative for sugar. In addition, studies from the 80s, in which Stevia to rats and Hamsters was tested, showed that this sugar could possibly show teratogenic effect.
Current results show, however, that a person should daily take about more than half of his own body weight as mass of Stevia, in order to obtain a comparable high concentration of a Stevia dosage as the tested hamsters and rats.
Stevia: 300 times sweeter than sugar
In April 2010, the European food safety authority has published a positive review of Stevia. In July 2011, the Standing Committee of the European Commission voted for the approval of Steviasetrakten to use as a sweetener product. The natural sweetener. Stevia and its glycosides are in the leaves of the Plant, is extracted stevioside is about 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Recipes with Stevia
In order for Stevia as a substitute of sugar does not lead to an undesirable bitter aftertaste, it is important to dose these sugar set correctly. However, it is not so easy. In the case of Stevia as a powder or liquid should be on the information provided by the manufacturer are respected. Also, keep in mind that sugar has many recipes for cakes only a function as a sweetener, but also to the volume of the dough contributes to a loose consistency.
Stevia is ideal for short pastry, Quark-Oil-dough or yeast dough. But Stevia does not caramelize!
Recipe for a marble cake with Stevia
The classic marble cake can succeed with Stevia:
- 500 g flour
- 1 Packet Of Baking Powder
- 250 g soft Butter
- 4 Eggs, Size M
- 1 Bottle Of Rum Flavor
- 1 Vial Of Vanilla Flavor
- 125 ml of milk, and 2 TABLESPOONS of milk
- 2 Tablespoons Of Cocoa
- 1 TSP Stevia powder
- 1 Pinch Of Salt
Eggs in a large bowl together with the Butter until fluffy. For this purpose, milk, Stevia, salt, and Rum and vanilla to add flavoring, continue beating. Mix flour with baking powder, this mixture gradually to the mass in the bowl, mix to a dough. To give the batter 2/3 into a greased loaf pan, the Rest of the dough with 2 TABLESPOONS milk and cocoa mix. Cocoa dough in the loaf pan, with a fork, bright and dark dough marbling. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C for about 50 to 60 minutes convection baking. This cake can also be used by diabetics nibbled!