So...I went exploring in the world of sweeteners. I've tried a lot of different colored packets in coffee shops and stores but was intrigued by the mention of "uncut stevia" that continued to pop up in recipes of some of the blogs I follow. The serving size is always ridiculously tiny, which piqued my curiosity - could such a teeeeeeeny amount of sweetness satisfy my ever-growing sweet tooth? And where exactly would I find such a product?
Enter: Kal Pure Stevia.
See the nutritional information? After "Other Ingredients" comes the word "None." They even have a guarantee that says, "KAL Guarantees that NO ingredients other than those listed on this label have been added to this product." WHOA.
There are a few issues, though.
1. Taste - I'll be brutally honest. I don't like the flavor of stevia very much, whether it's filled with fillers or not. It's just not as good as sucralose. But hey, we're being healthy, right? So, okay. KAL is actually pretty good when you are concerned with simply making something sweet and not looking for a lot of flavor. Also, in the world of uncut, a LITTLE bit goes a LONG way. A very, very, very long way. And this is a case where "less is more" is absolutely true - using any more than absolutely needed tastes a lot like soap. If you had a potty mouth as a child, you can probably relate to this flavor. Ick.
2. Price - It's easy to swipe little packets or even buy them at a pretty decent price from your favorite megastore. Actually, side note, you can now buy boxes of sucralose packets at the Dollar Store. Hooray! Unfortunately, KAL is not available at the Dollar Store. In fact, it's kind of hard to find. A few local natural stores around here have the 3.5oz bottle for around $30.
Are you still there?
$30 is a LOT of money in my world. BUT there are 2381 servings in a bottle (which comes with a teeny tiny serving-size spoon) which makes each serving about $0.0125 + the cost of not having gastrointestinal issues. Priceless. And, I've been able to find it slightly cheaper on Overstock or eHerb, with money back through ebates.
So is it worth it? I can't answer for you but it's definitely worth a try if you are looking to get out of the filler-sweetener rut. Mmmm sweet, sweet serenity.