Aside from its natural sweetening properties, Stevia is loaded with other health benefits.
Stevia Rebaudiana has been used in Paraguay and Brazil to sweeten food for hundreds of years. It is 200 times sweeten than sugar, without the ill effects of processed sugar and other synthetic sweeteners.
But the native south Americans have also been using stevia as an herbal treatment for burns, colic, stomach problem and even as a contraceptive
Vitamins and Minerals
Stevia contains vitamins A, B and C, minerals iron, zinc and calcium, and electrolytes sodium and potassium.
Unlike other synthetic sweeteners that may actually cause overeating by making the body compensate for the lack of feeling of satiety and increasing carbohydrate intake, Stevia balances metabolism and doesn’t make one overeat.
Kid’s have a natural affinity to sweetness and a drop of stevia goes a long way in sweetening kid’s drinks, smoothies and snacks without the .
It is proven to lower blood sugar levels for diabetic patients by improving the function of the hormone insulin.
It has anti-bacterial properties and is used in Paraguay as mouth rinse or mixed with toothpaste to fight cavities and for gum bleeding.
Though no studies have been done to test the effects of Stevia on fertility in humans, it s traditionally used by the natives of Southern Brazil as a contraception.
Anti-Oxidant and Anti-inflammatory
Stevia is also rich in anti-oxidant and may have anti-inflammatory
Choosing Stevia Product
But not all stevia products are created equal, standard methods for creating liquid stevia is with reconsituded stevia powder, which gives the product a bitter aftertaste. Stevia products that are a direct liquid extract from the leaves retain the sweetness and vitality of the plant.
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