Stevia is an emerging choice as a sugar substitute as it has a sweet flavour. Although it may not taste same as sugar, but is still being acknowledged in preference as a plant-based, zero-calorie sugar substitute. Stevia has a sweetened flavour and can be enjoyed in place of table sugar as a healthier sweet option. A pure stevia extract is about 300 times sweeter than sugar, so it needs to be taken in minuscule quantity. In this way, it is a low-calorie sweetener, that not only has the sweetness level just like sugar, but also is naturally gifted with many associated health benefits.
Stevia – The sweet herb
Stevia is a sweet-tasting plant which is believed to have been in use since the sixteenth century. The plant originally belongs to Paraguay and Brazil and is also grown in Japan and China. In fact, China is the biggest exporter of Stevia today. Stevia is in use as a beverage sweetener and as a herbal supplement. It is often referred to as a sweet herb. Stevia is basically a natural sweetener which has no calories. Therefore, it is gaining preference as an alternative to sugar. Apart from its sweet taste, stevia is also used as a traditional medicine to treat burns, stomach disorders, and more. However, it is the use of stevia as a natural sugar substitute which gives this herb much of its enormous credit and reputation.
All-purpose natural sweetener
Stevia leaves contain a glycoside knows as stevioside, which also makes it pleasantly sweet. The Steviol glycosides or stevioside are the compounds which give stevia leaves much of its sweet taste. Owing to its natural origin and its availability as a low to zero calorize natural sugar substitute, stevia is now gaining popularity as a potential weight-loss aid. There are many reasons to believe in its weight loss action and capacity.
To begin with, stevia extracts are about 200 to 300 times sweeter than normal sugar. This, in turn, makes it consumable in low quantities. Tiny bits of stevia natural extracts can sweeten your cup of tea or can even be used to make healthy baked food stuff.
When used in moderation, stevia does not pose any health risk. Since it has no-calories, it is safer to use regularly and frequently in your routine.
The major benefits of stevia include blood-glucose and bodyweight control.
Stevia’s zero-calorie property, which makes it a sugar substitute in your diet, is not the only reason for stevia maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. It is the phytonutrient properties of the stevia plant which makes it a more dependable source for controlling blood sugar levels, optimally.
Recent scientific trials approve that this sweet leaf herb has plant-based phytochemical compounds. This helps in controlling blood sugar, regulating the high cholesterol, maintaining blood pressure, adding to its merit as a natural sweetener. It is, therefore, gaining priority among the health and the fitness conscious.
It is typically the dark green serrated leaves of stevia plan which have a high concentration of sweet glycosides. Stevioside is a non-carbohydrate chemical (glycoside) compound which makes it low in carbohydrates and a sugar-free sweetener.
The choice sweetener
Even though sugar and low carb sweeteners are both processed and natural, stevia is being increasingly preferred for its sweet taste and for not raising your blood sugar level. Consuming sugar adds a lot of calories, contributing to weight gain and also resulting in adverse effects on blood sugar. It overall has a bad effect on your health. On the other hand, further medical research indicates that stevia has more benefits including improvisation of cardiovascular, digestive, and immune health, and thus remains on a lookout for the health and fitness conscious. A high-quality stevia extract is a perfect replacement for table sugar since it is plant-based, a zero-calorie sweetener with health benefits. If you choose to use stevia in moderation, it will considerably reduce your calorie intake, helping you avert health risk factors like obesity or problems associated with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. It is therefore a useful replacement for sugar in daily routine.
Sanat DR. SHUGAR
This natural sweetener contains stevia leaf extract in sachets and about one sachet per serving is the recommended dosage. Made from leaf of Stevia plant, Dr Shugar is 100% safe with no known side effects unlike popular sweeteners based on aspartame and sucralose. Also Sanat counsels that as this product has the same natural taste as sugar, it can be added to any mouth-watering dessert. Not only this, this natural sweetener is greatly recommended for diabetics, hypertensives as well as the weight and health conscious people.
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