Stevia Sweetener is Better than Sugar for All Natural Food Fans
Posted Feb 11 2009 2:41pm
Stevia sweetener is an all natural food supplement that is gaining support because of its healthy properties. One of the biggest reasons that stevia sweetener has ended up in the spotlight is because of the increasingly disturbing reports coming out about other sweeteners like aspartame. Whether you choose to only eat all natural foods or not, you may want to consider switching to stevia sweetener rather than using sugar or any of the sugar substitutes on the market.
Two important benefits of stevia are that it is calorie free and it doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes. Stevia sweetener has even been recommended for diabetics in many cases. This is because it does not affect blood glucose levels in the same way that sugar does. Stevia is 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, which means that only a small amount needs to be used to enhance many all natural foods and drinks without detrimental side effects.
The sweetener is extracted from the stevia plant, which is related to all natural foods like lettuce and chicory. You will find stevia in liquid and powder form. The liquid stevia sweetener usually tastes better and people seem to receive more benefit from it. This could be due to an extraction process that maintains the all natural, whole food structure of the stevia plant in liquid form, making it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients. While the plant has been used by the Guarani Indians to sweeten tea for hundreds of years, it is now used in homes all over the U.S., not just in beverages, but even as a sugar substitute in baking.
For those sticking to a diet of all natural foods, stevia sweetener is a healthy way to enhance whatever you eat and drink. In addition to being totally natural, the fact that stevia is calorie free and doesn’t interfere with blood sugar levels makes it useful for dieting. Stevia sweetener has been known to help people curb cravings for sugary sweets and prevent mood swings from blood sugar imbalances. These days, a sweetener with so many positive attributes is a blessing for many individuals. Just remember, not all stevia sweetener is created equal. You will probably want to use it in an all natural food form, rather than a synthetic powder form.