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What is Stevia?
Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family. Stevia is a non-caloric herb that is native to Paraguay. It can be used as a flavor of sugar. Stevia is extremely sweet. It is beneficial for both Diabetic and Weight watchers who wish to reduce sugar intake. Stevia leaves when dried contain numerous vitamins and trace elements like Selenium, Cobalt and Chromium. These elements are powerful antioxidants and improve overall health.
Stevia is the healthiest natural sugar substitute, and the most trusted natural sweet plants on Earth. Stevia is a green leaves with natural sweet taste. Stevia leaves are 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar free from calorie and carbohydrates. It has been used for thousands of years as a food enhancer. It has now been grown commercially and widely used, in instead of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, splenda and xylitol in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, United States, Canada, Middle East, Europe, China and Thailand. It has been used as a healthy alternative to sugar for people seeking over all improved health by controlling blood sugar, preventing hypertension, treating skin disorders, preventing tooth decay and controlling Candida. Other studies show that it is a natural antiviral agent and antibacterial as well. It is a great natural sweetener choice for diabetics, and people on a basic diet to control severe liver or kidney diseases such as Hepatitis C. Due to its almost zero calorie nature, it is extremely useful to obese persons who are attempting to lose body fat. Since it is a natural sweet sugarless, it reduces sugar cravings by fooling the body into a state of satiation. This will result in less sweet food being craved, thus consumed, and in the result reduces caloric intake. It will help with the suppression of the appetite, without having to resort to products containing stimulants.
Since stevia has zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index, it is perfect for individuals who cannot or would not like to have their blood glucose levels fluctuate at rapid levels. This includes those with diabetes, hypo/hyperglycemia and anyone looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The glycemic index, or GI, measures how fast a food will raise your blood glucose level.
Stevia has been approved as a sweetener agent in some countries like Japan, China and Brazil. In fact, it is regularly used in food preparation and pharmaceutical products in Korea, Japan, China, and the Pacific Rim countries. In Japan alone, an estimated 50 tons of stevioside is consumed annually. In Canada and the United States, stevia has been approved as a dietary supplement. However, in December 2008, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) stated it had no objection to the conclusion of an expert panel that rebaudioside A is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use as a general purpose sweetener. A Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), United Nations and World Health Organization concluded that they are safe for their intended use - to sweeten foods and beverages and established a permanent Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level.
This sweet plant is nutrient rich, containing substantial amounts of Protein, Calcium, Phosphorous, Sodium, Magnesium, Zinc, Rutin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and other nutrients, yet has no caloric value. It has proven beneficial for many when used as a dietary supplement. Studies have shown the following benefits from using Stevia in one's diet:
- Helps reduce blood pressure
- Control blood sugar levels, unlike sugarcane sugar does
- 100% Natural Sweetener
- Non-fermentable, non-discoloring
- Maintains heat stability at 95 °C and features a lengthy shelf life. Unlike artificial sweeteners, it doesn't break down with heat, so you can learn to cook with it too.
- Natural Flavor enhancer
- Acts as Plaque retardant Anti-caries and prevents cavities
- Non-toxic extensively tested and used by humans with no adverse effects
- It has excellent healing capabilities without scarring if placed on a cut
Although, studies around the world show no negative side effects of Stevia and since it has only been tested in animals, we strongly advise people on medications for any kind of disease or pregnant women to consult their doctors or pharmacists before taking Stevia.
STEVIA CAN BE USED IN THE FOLLOWING FOOD ITEMS