What if I told you, you can directly minimize your sugar consumption from 1 kg to 50-70 grams, without changing your taste.
No kidding, "STEVIA" a plant-based natural sweetener can give you all the Sweetness of sugar without any carbohydrates, calories, or artificial ingredients.
Let's know more about it:-
Stevia is a plant-based natural sweetener and is taken as a Sugar substitute. Stevia drives from plant leave stevia rebaudiana, native to Brazil and Paraguay.
Stevia contains steviol glycosides, which have 30 to 150 times the sweetness of sugar.
So you can use only a very small amount of Stevia to replace a large amount of sugar.
Why only Stevia, not Artificial Sweetener?
Unlike Aspartame, Sucralose, Saccharin, etc, Stevia is a natural sweetener extracted from the plant leaves. Moreover, Artificial Sweeteners cause side effects like headache, depression, increased risk of cancer, and weight gain due to increased appetite, etc. But Stevia didn't cause any side effects as it's plant-based.
Benefits of Stevia:-
Compared to sugar stevia has the following health Benefits and Zero side effects even if consumed in excessive amounts.
Zero Calories:- Unlike Sugar Stevie didn't make you fat, because it contains 0 calories, which promotes your diet without changing your taste.
Does Not promote Cavities:- Cavities are the biggest problem for the sweet lover, and here comes the Stevia. Stevia doesn't promote Cavities even if you eat a lot of sweets containing stevia.
Steady Energy:- Stevia keeps your blood sugar level normal and gives you steady energy.
Unlike using too much Sugar makes High levels of sugar flood the blood and create a sudden spike and drop in blood sugar level, this can cause "Sugar crush"(sudden headache, fatigue, irritability, increased heart rate, anxiety).
Balance Blood Sugar:- Stevia doesn't cause Diabetes. It helps to maintain Blood Sugar level, and let you enjoy your favorite sweets. It's very useful for Diabetic patients in order to have some sweets along with diet and medicine for tastes only.
Lower Blood Pressure:- Stevia helps heart patients lower their blood pressure and reduce the heart disease risk.
Improve Liver and Kidney function:- In research by Defence Food Research Lab, Mysore in 2013 shows that Stevia improves the activities of the liver and kidney enzyme, which means it improves Liver and Kidney functioning.
Other Benefits:- instead of the above benefits Stevia has a lot of other benefits, according to the research of 2013 in India shows that Stevia has properties like "Antifungal, Antiviral, Anti-tumor, Antihypertensive, Antidiarrheal, Anti-HIV, Anti-inflammatory, etc". Stevia also improves insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolizing abilities of the human body.
Usage of Stevia
Nowadays we can get stevia in various forms like dried leaves, powder, liquid, and tablets. Stevia is used in Diet cola, soft drinks, Ice-cream, sweets, chocolate, yogurt, etc.
The best part is "Stevia is HEAT STABLE, PH-STABLE AND NOT FERMENTABLE",
That means it can be used in cooking, freezing, beverages, and other forms of foods without changing the taste of the food.
Also, some of the Artificial Sweeteners break into Toxic compounds on heating, boiling but Stevia is HEAT STABLE and PH-STABLE, so there is no need to worry.
Side effects of Stevia
It's surprising that till now there are no proven side effects of Stevia in any research.
Stevia is approved by all the major health organizations including W.H.O. and it's safe to use even in excessive amounts.
The reason is Excessive Stevia didn't accumulate in the body and passed out with urine/pee.
At the end
It's better to keep some distance from the sweet taste but if you are addicted to the taste then, Stevia is considered the best substitute for regular Sugar.
It has several health benefits and fewer side effects. Moreover, Keep in mind that more research on this sweetener is needed.
Till that exercise Daily, Eat healthily, and be Fit.