What is stevia? Should I add stevia to my smoothies? We all know the 0 calorie, 0 sugar sweetener called stevia, but do we know what it really is?
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Stevia and Smoothies

Audrey Herndon | Sep 24 2020 | Tags: Smoothie Tips & Tricks, Health & Wellness

All four SmoothieBox Super Smoothie flavors are made with organic, whole fruits and vegetables with absolutely no added sugar for maximum health benefits, but they can easily be customized to your own taste. If you're new to smoothies, adding stevia to your smoothies is one healthy way to help sweeten them and ease your transition away from empty carb meals into healthy smoothie meal replacements.

We all know the 0-calorie, 0-sugar sweetener called stevia, but do we know what it really is? You can still drink a sweet drink without adding sugar or adding calories. How is that possible?

What is Stevia?

Stevia is derived from a type of plant in the chrysanthemum family. The whole stevia leaf is refined into an extract called Rebaudioside-A. Reb-A is then commonly blended with erythritol, dextrose, or natural flavors to complete its final form. Rebaudioside-A is about 200x sweeter than table sugar.

The Health Benefits of Stevia

One known benefit of choosing stevia over table sugar is that it can help manage diabetes by satisfying your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar levels. Stevia leaf powder can also help to lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.

Stevia & Smoothies

Stevia can help sweeten the taste without adding calories or sugar to your healthy smoothie. It's easy to customize SmoothieBox Super Smoothie flavors to your own taste. Try these popular recipes:

Berry Lemon Limeade Smoothie »

Berry Lemon-Limeade Smoothie Recipe

Chocolate-Covered Banana Smoothie »

Chocolate-Covered Banana Smoothie Recipe

Clementine Oat Smoothie »

Clementine Oat Smoothie Recipe

Vitamin C Boost Green Smoothie »

SmoothieBox Vitamin C Boost Green Super Smoothie Recipe

References

Cox, L. (2018, April 27). What Is Stevia? www.livescience.com

McDermott, A. (2009, March 26). “Everything You Need to Know About Stevia.” Healthline, Healthline Media.



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Audrey is a summer intern for SmoothieBox working in the marketing and social media department. She is a rising junior at Elon University with a marketing major and strong passion for health, wellness and fitness! In her free time you can find her going for a run or at the beach with friends.

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