Stevia does not increase insulin like other sweeteners.
Question: My easy keeper paint gelding still won't eat his U-Balance Foundation supplement. He picks out anything I add to it and eats it instead. I have tried the Coca Soya, which he seems to like, but still leaves the pellets behind, sometimes even dumping them out and then licking the tub. I am nervous about the flavorings you suggest b/c they contain Stevia, which in humans leads to an insulin response the same as sugar. I assume this is true in horses too? I've also tried unsweetened apple sauce and molasses to no avail. I'd really hate to go to a different supplement. What do you think?
Dr. Kellon: Stevia does not increase insulin like sugar does. It supports insulin responses when blood sugar is high but otherwise does not stimulate insulin secretion: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/718049/