After my Zevia review I got a couple questions about the Stevia sweetener that goes into the soda. Why use Stevia (or other natural sweeteners) instead of sugar? From a green perspective, a lot of people don't realize that sugar has a huge impact on the environment.
It starts with the tax it takes on the land to grow the sugar. The wildlife suffers or disappears altogether and the soil fertility declines. After that the sugar has to be milled. This uses huge amounts of energy and water and causes chemicals to be introduced to the sugar. Then the water and chemicals used to process the sugar have to go somewhere...usually back into our soil, lakes, streams, and water supply.
Not so sweet, huh? So using naturally occurring sweeteners like Stevia help to make less of an environmental impact. And as I mentioned before, Stevia is sweet for diabetics too.
A little bit goes a long way. So if you are baking with it, make sure to follow directions of exactly how much Stevia to use. If you are looking for a natural sweetener for larger projects, or just a different taste try organic raw cane sugar, Xylitol ,Agave nectar. And see how sweet food that's good for you and the Earth can taste.
What are your favorite eco-friendly sweeteners or sweet treats?
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