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Stevia for kids. Yes or no? Why or why not?

My husband likes having sweet tea in the frig. The kids of course, like drinking it as well. I don't like the amount of sugar in the tea. 2 cups per gallon. I was thinking about cutting it half and half with stevia. I wasn't sure though, how good or bad this would be for the kids.

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Re: Stevia for kids. Yes or no? Why or why not?

We let my dd have it, but I've never really researched it. I can't imagine it could be worse than that much sugar. Just fyi, it's a lot sweeter than sugar, so you probably wouldn't want to do it 50/50.
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We let my dd have it, but I've never really researched it. I can't imagine it could be worse than that much sugar. Just fyi, it's a lot sweeter than sugar, so you probably wouldn't want to do it 50/50.
I forgot it is a lot sweeter. I may try doing 1 cup sugar and then go by taste for the rest.
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I would not give my kids stevia, nor do I use it. There is just way too much negative info out there and I'm not willing to risk our health.
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I would not give my kids stevia, nor do I use it. There is just way too much negative info out there and I'm not willing to risk our health.
Aside from just cutting the sugar in the tea what other safe alternative is there?

My husband may agree to a bit less sugar but not a lot.
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Re: Stevia for kids. Yes or no? Why or why not?

Agave syrup? You can use less because it is sweeter than sugar too.
I've always used the ground up stevia leaf rather than the refined version you buy in most stores. It's a lot better for you and I would consider it ok to give to kids...though I've never tried it in tea.
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I'd just do less sugar...
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Re: Stevia for kids. Yes or no? Why or why not?

Honey? Or an unrefined sugar? I wouldn't do agave as its highly processed and more like HFCS in terms of chemical structure than regular sugar. You could also decrease the amount of sugar you use over time. So, for a few weeks use 1 3/4 cups sugar, then cut back to 1 1/2 for a while, etc until you're at a sugar level you're more comfortable with.
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I'd just do less sugar...
I wish I could. It isn't for me though. If it were I wouldn't even have it in the house as my drink of preference is water. It is for my husband who, in my opinion, is a sugar addict. When he gets coffee at Mcdonalds he asks for 8 sugars and 8 creams, sometimes more. Personally, I find it disgustingly sweet. I also don't like tea. So it isn't me drinking it.

I am mostly concerned about the kids getting that much sugar as they of course want the tea as well. It isn't good for them. It isn't good for my husband either but he is an adult. His body, his decision. Maybe I will just have to make 2 different pitchers of tea. A low sugar one for the kids and the high sugar one for my husband.
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Honey? Or an unrefined sugar? I wouldn't do agave as its highly processed and more like HFCS in terms of chemical structure than regular sugar. You could also decrease the amount of sugar you use over time. So, for a few weeks use 1 3/4 cups sugar, then cut back to 1 1/2 for a while, etc until you're at a sugar level you're more comfortable with.
I think I'll do that. At the point then that my husband begins to notice I can then do separate pitchers of tea and continue decreasing the sugar content of the kids tea.
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