All SweetLeaf products below were paid for with my own money. This review has not been compensated in any way.
Updated March 2013. Since this review was first published, SweetLeaf received FDA approval for its sweetener extract made from several glycosides, namely stevioside and rebaudioside A...thus the change from "dietary supplement" to "sweetener". For comprehensive information on stevia products see here.
SweetLeaf Stevia Review
Like most people, I thought all stevia was bitter. After reading some positive reviews, I decided to give SweetLeaf Stevia a try. I wasn't disappointed. For over a year now, I've had a chance to try many SweetLeaf products including the liquid drops, powdered extract, tabs, packets, and flavoured stevia like Chocolate, English Toffee, Orange Valencia, Rootbeer, and Vanilla Creme.
What makes SweetLeaf a standout is the fact that their extract is made with only cool, purified water. No chemicals. No alcohols. No glycerine, No additives!
SweetLeaf's Liquid Stevia is my favourite product of them all. The taste is pure, clean, sweet and non-bitter. I can't live without it!
SweetLeaf's Liquid Stevia lists the following as ingredients: Purified Water, Organic stevia leaf extract, Natural flavors
I love how easy it is to control the amount used with the liquid drops. It allows me to be very precise and consistent with my recipes. Sugar-Free Teen and I love using this in our beverages. I also use this product in most of my baking. (Purchase)
"Whole Leaf" stevia concentrate is one of the most whole forms of stevia you can buy and can only be sold as a dietary supplement.
I immediately noticed a huge contrast between this and other liquid stevia products. Whole leaf stevia concentrate is thick, black, and goopy! It's also very hard to measure in droplets.
I tried it in my homemade lemonade. It tasted ... um ... very leafy. I tried to drink it, but the flavors just clashed.
A few days later I tried it in my tea. This combination worked better, but the "leafy" taste was still very prominent.
As someone who's always striving to eat more whole, I honestly wish I liked this product more. It is one of the best, least processed, stevia products out there and could be perfect for you. Think of it as whole grain bread as opposed to white. (Purchase)
SweetLeaf has come out with a wide range of flavors like rootbeer, vanilla, valencia orange, etc... You can see them all here. Online reviews about each flavor are mixed. Some people love them, some people don't. It's one of those things you have to try for yourself, especially if you're struggling with giving up diet sodas.
I do like using the flavors in my baking.... like the chocolate Sweet Drops in my chocolate chip cookies or chocolatey greek yogurt and the peppermint Sweet Drops in my healthy homemade Oreos. (Purchase)
When I first began experimenting with stevia, I used SweetLeaf's stevia powder extract in some of my baking. My family and I always found a slight aftertaste with the powder. Refrigerating baked goods though, always seemed to help.
Over a year later....I just don't use stevia powder anymore. I prefer the Clear Liquid stevia. It leaves no aftertaste and it's just easier to measure. (Purchase)
As I mentioned in my Coffee Shop Drinks Post, SweetLeaf makes handy to-go packets that fit neatly in your wallet and are great to use in coffee shop beverages.
SweetLeaf uses inulin in these packets, a vegetable fiber. This is preferable to the maltodextrin fillers that most companies use. Fillers are necessary to make stevia single-serve products usable. I found SweetLeaf's packets worked great in hot beverages, but they didn't dissolve as well in cold beverages.
I love both of these products but because of the residue I prefer the packets. They fit nicely inside my wallet but sometimes I forget to refill :( For this reason I carry both... the tin in my purse...the packets in my wallet! (Purchase packets or tablets)
Want to know how SweetLeaf and NuNaturals products compare? See my NuNaturals review here.
Where can you buy SweetLeaf in Canada?
SweetLeaf products have finally landed on the shelves of my local Canadian grocery store!!! I've also found them randomly at a few health food stores. The prices are high, but it's nice to finally see good stevia products readily available here in Canada! I found the following products at my local Zehrs (a Loblaws store).
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- Sweetleaf packets (35 packets for $6.99)
- SweetLeaf, Liquid Stevia, Sweet Drops 2 fl oz bottle ($16.99)
- SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener (powder extract), 4 oz (115 g) ($16.49)
- SweetLeaf SteviaTabs, 100 Dissolving Tabs ($10.49)
To save considerable money, I order my SweetLeaf products from iherb.com. At the time of writing, iherb prices are:
- SweetLeaf, Liquid Stevia, Sweet Drops 4 fl oz bottle $19.20
- SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener (powder extract) 4oz (11g) $8.80
- SweetLeaf SteviaTabs 100 Dissolving Tabs $6.24
In fact, most stevia products are about 2/3 to 1/2 of the cost. Iherb is by far the cheapest prices I’ve found for my stevia products. They offer low cost international shipping and I've received all my orders within 10 business days. Shipping is free within the contiguous United States.
First-time customers can save $5 off their first order by using my coupon code KEP382 or click here to be automatically taken to my favourite SweetLeaf product page. Coupon code should automatically be added in at checkout.
Don't forget....Liquid Stevia belongs in your fridge!