ArmHerb 100% organic stevia leaves

ArmHerb Organic Stevia Leaves
Muay Thai/MMA Vitamin/Mineral Supplement

The best way to curb the sharpest sweet tooth without adding empty calories.

Nutrition Facts: ArmHerb Organic Stevia Leaves

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1g

Servings per container: 20

Amount Per Serving

Calories 0

 
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Sodium 0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Total Sugars 0g
0%
Protein 0g
0%

*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a food contributes to a daily diet, based on FDA recommendations. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Protein RDA is based on an 80kg athlete consuming 1.6g of protein per kg of body mass.


ArmHerb Organic Stevia Leaves

100% organic stevia leaves with no additives, chemical fertilizers and pesticides free.

We are sick of reading that sugar is the new tobacco. That it is an addictive poison that not only rots our teeth, but also affects our cardiovascular health, our cognition and our athletic performance.

And if you are like me, you know that those sugary treats have an amazing aiming and they go just straight to our love handles. We know that sugar is supposed to give you a quick boost in both energy and dopamine, but it seems that every single gram of that cake goes straight to your underbelly, leaving no dopamine behind but instead a trace of regret and guilt.

We know all that, but we still love our sweets.

For decades now, pharma and supplement companies have tried to come up with an alternative to what has been dubbed as the “white poison”. These are the all familiar by now Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose and others more obscure such as Acesulfame K, Advantame or Neotame. They are widely different in terms of flavor, nutrition facts and additives. But they are all viable alternatives. Nonetheless, all of these chemicals require an FDA approval, because at the end of the day that’s what they are: chemical compounds, man-made in a lab.

That’s not the case with Stevia. There is scientific evidence that shows that subproducts of the Stevia rebaudiana are safe for human consumption, and it’s the most natural, organic, healthy and – for most of us – tastiest alternative to sugar.

There are tons of products based on the stevia plant. Most of the sweeteners you will find on your pharmacy would be made from highly purified extracts from the leaves of the plant called “steviol glycosides”, but what ArmHerb presents us is nothing but raw, unadulterated dried stevia leaves. No chemical processes, no distilling. The real thing.

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Nutritional Information

When it comes to detail the nutritional information of these stevia leaves, our job is pretty easy. Zero. Zero sugar, zero calories, zero fat. This can come as a shocker given that we are talking about a plant that, in its distilled form, can be up to 300 times sweeter than plain old sugar.

How can this be? Although we have learned to associate sweetness with sugar, sweetness and table sugar are not synonymous. What makes table sugar sweet is a combination of both glucose and fructose that results in sucrose. But regular sugar is high in what we call empty calories, as they are relatively high on calories but void of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, fiber or any other nutrients that your body needs to function.

Sweet does not make you fat. Table sugar does. One tablespoon of sugar packs about 15 grams of carbohydrate that you probably are not taking into consideration when it comes to your daily macros. On the other hand, Stevia is essentially calorie and carb-free.

Another point to consider is that sugary foods usually are not that filling, and more often that not will unleash your cravings for that second glazed donut. You don’t crave the sweetness; you crave the sugar.

Pros and Cons

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Claims and Potential Benefits

Stevia has been consumed for centuries as a medicinal plant in South America, when the Spanish discovered that Guarani and Mato Grosso locals used what they called “honey leave” to sweeten their teas and infusions.

But it wasn’t until the 1900’s when traditional medicine took interest in this ancestral remedy.

Nowadays, several studies have found that stevia is not only a healthier alternative to sucrose, but also can play a role in several fields such as:

Having said that, let’s be clear: The greatest benefit of Stevia is being an alternative to sugar, which is increasingly vilified by the scientific community. The real benefits of introducing Stevia into your diet are clearly outweighed by the benefits you will get from reducing the number of products high in sucrose.

Ultimately, your performance, your workouts and your overall health will benefit from the dietary introduction of Stevia as long as it means that you have eradicated sucrose products.

How to use Stevia Leaves?

As we have already said, the greatest disadvantage of this product in relation to table sugar or even to products derived from the distillation of stevia rebaudiana leaves is that it requires preparation before consumption.

Although this little bag comes filled with 20 grams of product, not all of it is leaves. There are some small twigs and stems that are not only not sweet, but can be a textural impediment when it comes to enjoying the sweetness of stevia.

While it’s perfectly edible in raw form, follow these tips to get the most benefits and enjoy the full power of its flavor.

Grind it

Strip the leaves from the stems and put them in a coffee grinder, food processor or a blender at high speed for a few seconds. Kept in an airtight container, this powder can last for years. Use it in recipes that ask for sweetener.

You can also use this de-stemmed powder in all your regular post workout smoothies, but remember that stevia sweetness is denser than sugar. As a rule of thumb, one tablespoon of stevia provides the same sweetener power as half a cup of table sugar, so act accordingly and taste as you go until you get the ratios right.

Turn it into a syrup

Add a cup of boiling water to a quarter cup of dry stevia leaves and store it in an airtight container. Let it set for at least 24 hours before straining the leaves. For an extra notch of syrup-ness, you can cook the remaining liquid at low heat.

This syrup is delicious in dairies as yogurts or ice cream, but don´t overindulge yourself! Just because you added stevia doesn´t mean you can have dairy products without the fattening that they bring!

Make it into tea

Although stevia tea is not really that tasteful, it can be a great way to keep those cravings for fats and sugars away.

Just use it as you would use any other type of herbs and, if you take our word for it, try it as iced tea. It is incredibly refreshing on hot summer days.

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How does Stevia taste?

Stevia basically tastes sweet. There are hardly any traces of other aromas or flavors that contribute to a complex flavor profile in any case.

Eating stevia in its raw form is not a particularly pleasant experience unless you urgently need to appease your appetites for a chocolate bar or greasy donut.

When to use it?

Stevia as such cannot be considered as a nutritional supplement, but as a healthy and natural alternative to calm sweet cravings.
Its nutritional values are not especially high in any of the macros, and although it provides certain minerals and vitamins, its use is mainly as a spice to your already established nutritional plan.

Use it on your smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt instead of table sugar, but knowing that you won’t be adding any empty calories to your meat planning.

Recommended serving

If you are using the freshly grinded dried stevia leaves as a powdered sweetener, the rule of thumb is that stevia powder is, at least 20 times as sweet as sugar.

Try it out for yourself bit by bit until you get the ratios right, if you never tried stevia before you will be surprised of the punch it packs.

Potential dietary issues / Allergies

As any other plant product, stevia may cause an allergic reaction if you have been previously diagnosed with allergy to ragweed or pollen, but the chances are infinitesimal!

Similar to any other supplement you may want to add into your diet, you will never go wrong asking your doctor about it, but since this bag is packed with nothing but just plain stevia leaves with no chemical additives, it is mostly certain that you will not develop any side effects from taking it.

Other cautionary notes

Stevia is a perfectly safe to add a hint of sweetness to your diet. When used as a sweetener or to flavor foods, experts do not consider highly purified stevia to cause adverse side effects. Every study that found adverse side effects has been disproved.

Alternatives to Stevia you may consider

If the process of grinding, infusing, or cooking these leaves is too burdensome for you, you could always reach out to the already established stevia concentrated extracts, but our advice would be to read the nutrition label on those because many times there are chemicals used as additives.

In addition, commercial stevia-based products are usually much more expensive than ArmHerb Organic Stevia leaves.

Our Verdict of ArmHerb Organic Stevia

After reaching out to ArmHerb, we have been assured that the stevia plants used for these bags have been grown locally and sourced in Thailand, making this product not only an affordable, 100% organic way to sweeten your diet, but also a way to contribute to local and traditional farmers.

Being a 100% organic product, you can be sure that using it as an additive will not add calories, carbohydrates or chemicals to your diet. Just a lovely hint of sweetness that will make that kale smoothie go down easier.

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Reviewed by Carlos

Former fighter and current personal trainer at a gym in South-East Asia. Carlos is a Boxing coach and Muay Thai trainer with numerous fights under his belt.