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Stevia - Natural Source of Sweetness for Diabetics & Weight Conscious


This age-old, low-calorie, plant-based sweetener known as stevia is making quite some news of late in the world of healthcare and as experts-approved natural alternative for artificial and processed sources of sugar. Primarily grown in the regions of Brazil and Paraguay, this plant has been celebrated since hundreds of years by the traditional system of medicine as a promising source of promoting our overall health. Its sweetness quotient is about 30 times more as compared to processed sugar. Therefore, adding only a little amount of stevia goes a long way in catering to our sweet tooth, minus any calories, carbs and artificial ingredients. Besides, it instantly satiates our cravings for sweet, and therefore, helps us manage our weight better. Moreover, being absolutely natural and safe for consumption, stevia extract comes loaded with a whole host of plant-based vitamins and minerals. It not only adds some much-desired sweetness to the food, but also offers a host of other health benefits to those consuming it on a regular basis. However, owing largely to its strong anti-diabetic properties, stevia is being especially recommended for those suffering from diabetes. Here’s how this diabetic-friendly sweetener really works.

Sweet yet diabetic friendly

Stevioside, the active compound found in stevia, helps in bringing down the blood-sugar level which often tends to rise post meal. By acting on the pancreas and promoting its health and function, stevia helps increase the insulin production in our body, while also rises its effect on various cell membranes. This also increases our body’s sensitivity towards insulin, and delivers some incredible hyperglycaemic assistance. At the same time, stevia helps regulate the sugar and glucose levels, while maintaining a normal glucose metabolism. Delayed healing is another common problem faced by diabetics. The regular consumption of stevia addresses that as well, by allowing the wounds to heal faster and better. All these properties are precisely what make it a sweet option for people who often feel deprived of some sweetness in their lives.

Weightloss support

Apart from managing diabetes, this all-natural sweetener goes a long way in preventing the symptoms often associated with a rising blood sugar and interestingly, it also aids the process of weight loss. Obese and weight-conscious people in general are especially particular about the kind and amount of sugar they consume. That is where consuming stevia could do wonders. The reason being this is that while sugar contains an overwhelmingly large number of calories and no matter how much sugar we add, the craving almost never ends and we keep longing for more. However, with stevia, we cannot go overboard as only about a spoon or two makes us feel happy and full, and we can still enjoy a wholesome life with just the amount of sweetness we need. Besides, stevia adds an array of nutrients and health benefits of its own to the foods we add it to.

Introducing stevia to diet

About 8 mgs per kilogram of body weight is considered absolutely safe for consuming this natural sugar-substitute on an everyday basis. You can start your day on a ‘stevia sweet’ note by adding it to your meal, such as in a nice, warm cup of regular tea / coffee, or by preparing stevia herbal tea by steeping freshly sourced leaves in a cup of boiling hot water for about 5-7 minutes. In fact, you can easily take it about two to three times a day for improved benefits. As far as breakfast is concerned, you can even sprinkle some powdered stevia extract on a platter of fresh fruits, or in some yoghurt or oatmeal. Later during the day, if you feel like sipping on a refreshing glass of mocktail that is sweet in taste and easy on your blood sugar, simply pound some fresh, clean leaves and add them to a beverage of your choice. Alternatively, you may also prepare a syrup made using stevia extract and store it by adding some warm water to it. Use this ready-to-use syrup within 24 hours, as and when required. Stevia would not only make for a refreshingly delightful substitute for sugar, but also keep a check on those pounds. You will soon see yourself getting used to its taste and texture, and you might see a change in your preference towards stevia over processed or artificial sweeteners.

Sunova Dr. Shugar

Dr. Shugar which composes of stevia leaf extract with the recommended dosage of one sachet per serving is especially suggested for diabetics, hypertensives, weight and health conscious individuals. This useful product is well regarded as healthy natural, calorie and chemical free sweetener. According to Sanat, research has shown that stevia sweeteners do not add calories or carbohydrates to diet and do not affect blood glucose or insulin response, which allows people with diabetes to consume a wider variation of foods and comply with a healthful meal plan.

Dr. Sonica Krishan

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