Welcome your Stevia Overlords

The last time I went to the buffet place, the Sierra Mist seemed different. It’s the one widely available fountain drink from Pepsi made without HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup).

Well well… I also have a 12 pack in the fridge. Having gotten the same impression that something changed, I looked at the “nutrition” label [oxymoron alert!] – 12 ozs of soda is normally around 160-180 calories, roughly the same as Orange or Apple Juice. Sierra Mist has 120. The discretely listed last item is stevia. I know what that is from prior research.

Stevia is a plant that has an extremely sweet taste, so you can dial the sugar content way back, but it is not the same. The labeling no longer mentions the real sugar aspect. Thank you mommy Michelle.


Is it a “natural” flavoring? It comes from a plant, at least as natural as strawberry flavor from a beaver’s pineal gland. It must be “natural” as well as transfat free and gluten free.

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5 Responses to Welcome your Stevia Overlords

  1. briand75 says:

    It is a plant extract and extremely sweet to the taste. It isn’t a sugar sweet, however. I find it does well in beverages, but not in baking or solid food items. I have never heard of it being carcinogenic. In fact, it was reputed to have anti-cancer effects in the late ’80’s (no scientific basis). I think it is better than sucralose – if you want to cure yourself of sucralose addiction, just look at how it’s made. Stevia used to only be available in health food stores, now it’s at the corner store.

  2. haiti222 says:

    Although it is hard to find the proof. The general discussions about regular Vernors is that it had stevia in it until the early 1990’s going back throughout our lifetimes, and the FDA made them take it out. That would have been the less processed Stevia. Much of the Stevia used today is more processed back then, presumably to be sweeter and to reduce its distinctive aftertaste in its more natural form. Japan used Stevia for the last few decades even when it was banned as a food additive in the U.S. (but people could still buy it as a supplement).

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Vernor’s is definitely an acquired taste. The regional equivalent in this area is called Cheerwine. It’s kind of black cherryish, but hard to describe. It’s all just chemistry from some place in Switzerland when all is said and done.

      There is a persistent rumor that the flavor of Dr Pepper is prune juice

  3. haiti222 says:

    I made my daughter try Cheerwine when we were fortunate enough to be at a Sheetz in Ohio. She was not impressed. I agree it is kind of in between Cherry and Dr. Pepper.

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