The Trim Healthy Mama Stevia & sweeteners were released today in their online store, (Amazon affiliate link) and there have been SO many questions about them that I thought I’d put together a review. I was given a one ounce bag of their organic Pure Stevia Extract, and a one pound bag of their Sweet Blend for my birthday this year, and have really enjoyed playing with them in my kitchen.
I started out using the NuNaturals stevia extract that was recommended in the book. It was good stuff! I did have an adjustment period with learning to use the super concentrated sweetener…I found that stevia doesn’t cover the bitter notes in cocoa well, and it was challenging to learn how to enjoy it in some foods. But after my adjustment period, I really enjoyed the flavor of the NuNaturals…and then they changed the formula. I’m STILL sad about that. But not TOO sad now, because I’ve FOUND my replacement!
What brands have I tried? I’ve tried the NuNaturals old formula, the organic NOW better stevia extract, Skinny Girl liquid stevia, the packets from Aldi’s…I’ve also sampled my Mom’s Kal stevia, and for the sake of comparison, some little tablets that she forced me to try years ago that tasted like poison.
P.S. Kal has recently started adding corn-based maltodextrin, which is pretty high glycemic to their stevia extract, so that is not happy news. The good stevias are dropping like flies, people!
So all that to say, I’ve tried a wide variety of stevia over the course of the past year.
The thing with stevia is this: MOST of what is on the market is not that great. The best I can say is ‘pretty good’ or ‘marginal’, but most is in the grody range. And some of it does taste like poison. For real. So if you’ve had BAD stevia, I can commiserate.
I’ve also had good stevia, like the original NuNaturals extract. It had a very clean taste. What makes it good, you may ask? Well, the short answer is “processing” and leaf quality. The companies who really care, care enough to process it gently and yet remove nearly all of the components that cause that bitter-aspartame-poison type flavor that can happen. The yummy clean sweet taste of a good stevia is the component called Reb-A. But don’t overlook the actual quality of the stevia plant…the taste profile can really vary a lot from one plant to the next. Between finding great quality plants, AND great quality processing, finding a truly good stevia product is like finding a needle in a haystack.
NuNaturals has a RebA 99 product that is VERY pure, but the taste profile is still ‘off”. Drat. The leaf quality really matters with stevia. And an ounce of that stuff is like $15 before shipping! The point is, even when it’s SUPER pure, it’s NOT EASY to find a good tasting stevia!
What about the Trim Healthy Mama stevia?
Y’all, I’m VERY impressed with it! First, it’s a gentle extraction process & organic, which is important to me. It’s THE most pure stevia available. But most importantly…
It Tastes Great!
I’m picky with taste, and I live with people pickier than I am. So you can trust me when I say it tastes REALLY good. It’s not a weak or pointy sweetness with off after-flavors, and definitely no poison taste. It’s GOOD! I’m SO, so, so excited!
Pearl told me that they tested a LOT of different stevias in the process, a majority of them being the 99% Reb A products, that were totally *blech*. This one won their hearts & their label! It’s the ONLY one that actually passed the ultimate taste test: the husbands. 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve had the old NuNaturals stevia, but I can tell you this one is on par if not better. I’m SUPER excited to have great stevia back in my pantry! (And did I mention that I’m SO excited that this is GOOD stevia? If not, I *am* and it *is*!!!)
PURE & Organic
This is a big deal for a lot of us who value high quality foods and pure processing methods. Serene is a super-purist, and the processing meets her standards. It’s a water extraction process that uses no harsh chemicals to go from leaf to pure white Reb A powder.
The Whole Food blogosphere has come down hard on stevia products, and chemical processing and nasty fillers are THE number one concern voiced against using stevia. The THM Pure Stevia passes both of these concerns with flying colors. I can love it guilt free and with no fear.
Since THM Pure Stevia IS the highest percentage of RebA that you can get…higher most all other stevia extract products on the market, it just takes a very small amount to achieve sweetness. What this means to me is that a high quality stevia is a VERY wallet savvy investment. When you look at how NuNaturals has priced their high-end (but not so yummy) Reb99, it’s on ‘sale’ at $14.99 an ounce). The THM Pure Stevia is priced very competitively at only $9.99 an ounce at the time of this post (expect the market to change and flex). So even from a cost comparison basis, it’s a much better value. Sure it’s a small amount, but it will last me a couple of months as I use so very little at a time.
THM Stevia Conversion Chart
How little, you may ask? It’s a good bit sweeter than the ‘fluffier’ stevia extracts out there. One teensy “doonk” of THM Pure Stevia is enough to sweeten a cup of yogurt or a cup of coffee (and I like my coffee sweet!) A doonk is 1/32 of a teaspoon, and is about as sweet as 2 1/2 to 3 tsp of sugar, IMO.
Below is a printable THM Sweetener Conversion Chart, shared with permission from the Mamas…thank you Pearl & Serene!
You can see just how little stevia you need…only 1/2 tsp is needed to achieve the sweetness in a whole cup of sugar!
And that’s what makes stevia not only economical but also far healthier than that cup of sugar on blood sugar levels. Stay tuned in, as I am working on my top 10 tips on getting used to using stevia for those of you who are new to it!
If you’ve tried the new THM Pure Stevia, what do you think of it?