- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Health Benefits of Stevia
Stevia is a natural substitute for sugar that contains no calories. It is known for people who are watching their sugar intake and ideal for low carbohydrate diets. This special sweetener, which becomes a great rival to another artificial sweetener called splenda is derived from a plant called stevia. Stevia herbal plant usually grows in Brazil and Paraguay. It is popular because of its sweet leaves, which is commonly known for its name as sweet leaf, or sugar leaf. The herbal plant became popular first in Paraguay when a South American naturalist, Bertoni discovered the plant in the late 1800’s. It is well known to its most remarkable characteristics that is sweet to the taste.
Good for people who suffered from diabetes
One of the great benefits of stevia is that people whose body can’t tolerate sugar may use stevia because it contains glycosides, the non-caloric molecules that do not induce a glycemic response when ingested, making them attractive as natural sweeteners to diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets. People who are insulin dependent may substitue stevia because it is 300 times sweeter than table sugar
No- carb intake or no-calorie diets
Stevia can substitute the cravings of table sugar because it interrupts the cycle and decrease the reliance on sugar. It is an excellent aid for weight loss because it contains no calories. Dieters who constantly crave for sweets may grab the benefit of stevia because this artificial sweetener may decrease the desire for sweets and fatty foods.
Although stevia is 300 times sweeter than table sugar, the extract from stevia plant does not contain any chemicals that will rotten the teeth or an agent that cause tooth cavity or decay. It has antibacterial properties that fights against cavities, which is also good substitute for toothpaste fighting cavities and gingivitis.
Pimples and Acne
Because of its antibacterial properties, stevia is known for its benefits as a great alternative to cure pimples and acne. When applied topically, stevia extract is good to soften the skin and smooth out wrinkles.
Stevia is considered as non-toxic. For many centuries, it has shown its good effect for human health. Its antibacterial properties which shows no side effects to human health makes stevia a good and healthy alternative to table sugar in Canada. Though it hasn't approve by authorities yet, but it has been approve by Health Canada as use for culinary purposes only.