ALL ABOUT Stevia
Stevia is the world’s only all natural sweetener with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index. Harvested from a plant in the daisy family, stevia provides a truly delicious and healthy alternative to sugar or chemical sweeteners. The sweet part of the stevia herb is extracted and converted into an intensely sweet powder. This sweet powder is then blended with other all-natural ingredients to create the delicious and healthy sweetener.
Native people in Paraguay and other parts of South America have used stevia safely for centuries. More recently Stevia gained popularity as a sweetener for coffees and teas, but it can sweeten just about anything you like. Because it works so well in cooking and baking, you can easily substitute stevia for sugar in just about any recipe. Check out our stevia equivalency chart to see how much stevia you should use instead of sugar. Or visit our stevia recipes page to learn how to cook with stevia.
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. Choosing foods that produce zero fluctuations in blood glucose is an important component for long-term health and reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes. By helping you reduce your calorie intake and glycemic index, stevia can be a significant contributor to any healthy weight loss plan. Visit our stevia and diabetes page to learn more about stevia's role in responsibly managing this disease.
Nutrition science supports this naturally sweet treat as a component of a healthy diet. The safety of stevia is well documented in over 200 published scientific studies. The herbal sweetener has been used for centuries by in South America and is gradually finding its way into the homes of millions around the world. Stevia leaves contain numerous all-natural nutrients that help regulate blood sugar, including chromium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, zinc, and vitamin B3(Niacin).
Stevia is found in consumer products across the world, particularly Japan, China and South America. Drinks, candies and gum sweetened with stevia are produced by most major food companies in Japan. In the United States you can stevia in dietary supplement items, protein drinks, energy bars and a wide range of teas.
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