Stevia is more than a sweetener. It actually has healing qualities.
Unlike the other artificial sweeteners, stevia possesses anti-viral qualities. Research shows that stevia can lower blood pressure, and this makes it a useful treatment for hypertension.
It is used in many countries as a treatment for gum disease and for diabetes.
Can you imagine how healthy it would be if stevia was in toothpaste?
The Best Form Of Stevia
Stevia is one of the safest sweetener choices, if not THE best choice for added sweetness. It’s best to buy stevia in isolated form and to avoid the “sweetener blends” that have lots of additives, such as Truvia®.
To me, Truvia is a little bit stevia and more of the other stuff. Stevia In The Raw® has 2 ingredients – Maltodextrin and Stevia Leaf Extract.
It is better than using aspartame or sucralose.
Stevia’s Health Effects
Because stevia’s entry into the American sweetener market was stuck in politics, many wonder if it is because it’s not safe. Well, history shows that stevia is absolutely safe, and not only is it safe, it can be healthy for you.
Stevia is 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar when it is purified from the leaves of the stevia plant. Stevia has been used as a traditional remedy for diabetes and gum disease among the indigenous people of Paraguay and other South American countries for over 1,500-recorded years; who knows how many years prior to the records?
Scientific evidence performed by independent researchers shows that stevia can improve the function of the cells required for insulin production in the pancreas, and may also improve glucose tolerance in people with diabetes.
According to the generations of people who have used stevia as a part of their daily diet in South America, stevia has been proven to regulate blood sugar.
Stevia is extracted from a plant originally grown in South America. In its original form, stevia is a complex sugar extract from the plant itself.
This is what I consider a natural sucrose (sugar) substitute.
Because stevia is a complex plant carbohydrate, it does not pass into the bloodstream, yet it releases a natural sweetness.
Some people complain that stevia is bitter, but that is an easy problem to fix. Don’t use too much.
Look at it this way – it’s no different from seasoning a tomato with too much salt or pepper, or using too much garlic or oregano on lasagna.
Start off slowly, and add as you “taste test.”
Many of us are in the habit of spooning huge amounts of sugar into tea or coffee, and I have seen people involuntarily pour the equivalent of stevia like it was refined sugar or an artificial sweetener.
If you simply use one-quarter the amount of stevia for one serving of sugar, then the taste is pleasant, natural, and is not bitter.
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