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How do I Choose the Best Stevia Drinks?

Selecting the best stevia drinks involves checking for natural ingredients, ensuring purity without harmful additives, and considering the source of the stevia. Taste varies, so sample a few to find your preference. Remember, the best choice supports your health and satisfies your palate. What might your taste buds discover when you explore the world of stevia-sweetened beverages?
Brandon May
Brandon May

Many consumers looking for an alternative to their favorite sugar-laden drinks often turn to drinks sweetened with stevia, a natural herbal sweetener. Stevia drinks are available in the health food industry as sodas and sports drinks, as well as in many flavored bottled waters. Choosing the best stevia drinks mainly means reading the labels of any drink claiming to use stevia as its main sweetener, as other unnatural sweeteners may also be present in the beverage. To avoid consuming undesired ingredients in stevia drinks, sometimes it is recommended to make drinks at home using only stevia as a sweetener.

Stevia is a sugar substitute used in many natural foods and drinks to help individuals manage blood sugar levels and avoid the excessive calories in sugar. This herb is more sweet than sugar and can be quite bitter, so only a small part of the herb is used to sweeten foods and beverages. Natural stevia drinks contain stevia as its main sweetening agent, but may also combine it with other natural or artificial sweeteners to mask any bitter taste from the herb. Reading the label can help determine which drink to purchase, based on the other ingredients.

Sparkling water, which can be mixed with stevia to make drinks.
Sparkling water, which can be mixed with stevia to make drinks.

Other sweeteners that may be added to stevia drinks include sugar alcohols or aspartame, an artificial sweetener. Sugar alcohols, like erythritol and xylitol, are often added to drinks containing stevia to help enhance sweetness. As sugar alcohols can have a laxative effect, it is often wise for an individual to know how sensitive he or she is to a certain sugar alcohol. Testing the drink can often help determine the overall effects a sugar alcohol can have on the system of an individual.

Stevia can be added to green tea for a sweet and healthy beverage.
Stevia can be added to green tea for a sweet and healthy beverage.

If artificial sweeteners or chemical ingredients are added, then this can also help determine whether or not a consumer wants to purchase a particular beverage. Most health-conscious consumers will not want any artificial sweeteners or chemicals of any kind, as would anyone who is allergic to chemical sweeteners or artificial ingredients. Often, it is simpler to make beverages at home, so an individual can know exactly what ingredients the beverage contains. Sparkling water and a flavoring, along with store-bought stevia packets, can help create stevia drinks at home without having to compromise with store-bought stevia drinks.

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Discussion Comments

@Sporkasia - In addition to dizziness some people have other stevia side effects. A couple of the more common ones are gas and bloating. Most people don't immediately connect these symptoms with the sweetener, but these are symptoms that can occur.

What some people seem to forget is that sugar is also a natural sweetener, so the fact that stevia is natural doesn't necessarily mean that you can drink all of the stevia drinks you want and there will be no negative side effects. At some point down the road, doctors may find other more serious side effects associated with stevia. It pays to use these types of products in moderation, I think.


@Laotionne - A friend and I were having lunch at a local restaurant and she decided to use some of the stevia powder in the packets on the table to sweeten her tea. She had heard good things about the sweetener and she wanted to try it for herself. She liked the taste and decided this would be her new sweetener.

About a week later when I spoke with her she told me she had stopped using the stevia because she was having bouts of dizziness and she thought the sweetener was casing the condition.


I am always looking for ways to cut back on my calorie intake. The fewer calories I get with the food and drinks I take in the less time I have to spend at the gym sweating. I am always trying different diets and what many of them have in common is they avoid the consumption of sugar.

I think stevia drinks are a great idea since the stevia is a natural sweetener. Much of the sugar I take in comes from sweet drinks. I wish I could simply drink water, but I haven't had much luck with this type of diet.

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    • Sparkling water, which can be mixed with stevia to make drinks.
      By: karandaev
      Sparkling water, which can be mixed with stevia to make drinks.
    • Stevia can be added to green tea for a sweet and healthy beverage.
      By: Liv Friis-larsen
      Stevia can be added to green tea for a sweet and healthy beverage.