Refined sugar is harmful for us, this is the reason that many people are looking for healthy alternatives. There are many low-calorie sweeteners in the market but most of them are artificial. Stevia is a popular sweetener because it is a 100% natural and zero calorie sweeteners with many health benefits. Stevia is a green leafy plant native to South America, been used for more than 1,500 years by South Americans, they call it “sweet herb”. The leaves have been used traditionally for hundreds of years in both Brazil and Paraguay to sweeten local teas and medicines. Stevia contains eight glycosides. These are the sweet components isolated and purified from the leaves of stevia. In 1931 two French chemists isolated the glycosides that give stevia its sweet taste. The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycosides (mainly stevioside and rebaudioside) which are hundred times sweeter than sugar. #Stevia Leaves are heat stable, pH stable and not fermentable. These are extracted through a process of harvesting the leaves, then drying, water extraction, and purification. Stevia is considered as a “no calorie”, that it contains less than five grams of carbohydrates. The sweet tasting components in stevia #sweeteners occurs naturally. It is a healthy alternative for those who want to control the blood sugar levels. It can be part of a well-balanced diet to help reduce energy intake without sacrificing taste. Stevia contains many sterols and antioxidant compounds, including kaempferol. Foods and beverages containing stevia can play an important role in decreasing calories from unwanted sweeteners in the diets and helps maintaining the healthy weight.
- Plant based 100% natural sugar substitute
- Contains a wealth of antioxidant compounds
- Helps you in weight management
- Safe for people of all ages
Use stevia leaves to sweeten your beverage like tea, coffee, milk, lemonade or soup. Add only 1-2 pinch dried stevia leaves in a cup to get sufficient sweetness.
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