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Stevia? Love it or hate it?

I bought an expensive bottle of 'all-natural' raspberry lemonade that had stevia in it, and the lemonade was vile. It was sooooo sour it tasted like it didn't have any sweetener in it at all, and neither my husband nor I could drink it. It had a weird aftertaste too and I'm not sure if that was from the stevia or from the raspberries, or just because it was a really weird product.

Stevia is popping up in all sorts of 'natural' products, and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a disaster.

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  1. I can't attest to the inherent good or bad, nutrition wise, but Stevia just tastes bad to me. It has a bitter-metallic taste to me, especially in citrus drinks. And it does nothing for me in coffee. I also have a similar reaction to Sweet and Lo and Splenda.

    1. I can't stand any artificial sweeteners especially the aftertaste. We use in a limited way, stevia drops for a few things. The key is to add just enough for a little sweetness but one drop too much and you get the after taste. I don't think it would be good premixed.

      1. Not a fan of Stevia, I get a bitter and rather artifical tasting aftertaste with it. I generally avoid products with Stevia as much as possible because of the aftertaste

        1. No stevia for me, eventho' my good friend in South Carolina loves it and says it is much "better for you" than Splenda, which is my choice for artifiial sweeteners. Can't stand
          Equal either. Both S. & E. have that bitter chemically aftertaste that ruin whatever is added
          to them. Ick.

          1. It's funny, none of the really fake artificial sweeteners bother me, but Stevia, the most "real" of the non-sugar sweeteners, tastes awful. I can handle it in small quantities when added to strongly flavor things, but most of the time I the after taste to be way too bitter.