Stevia sweeteners continue to be one of the most popular sugar substitutes across the country. If you haven’t tried Stevia yet, it may be the time to give it a try to this “zero calorie” sugar substitute, and gradually replace sugar for a healthier lifestyle.
Stevia is originally from the rain forests of Brazil and Paraguay. Although the largest producers of stevia are still located in South America, stevia is also grown in Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China. But how good is stevia? Just compare it to regular sugar.
Studies have confirmed that the all-natural stevia has 300 times the sweetness of sugar and some reports have suggested that it might help to reduce high blood pressure, obesity and blood sugar levels, potentially helping with diabetes. Companies such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi have started using stevia in some of their products and it seems to be just the start of this healthy trend.
Stevia has being used in a variety of products, including fruit juices, teas, enhanced waters and carbonated soft drinks. The FDA approved steviol glycoside rebaudioside A (known as Reb-A), which is extracted from stevia, as a food additive in December 2008.
New studies continue to find health benefits from stevia. Recent reports suggest it can kill bacteria in the mouth and it’s good for your teeth. Consequently, chewing gum companies started to use stevia to replace sugar in their products.
So, if you can’t reduce sugar from your beverages or your diet, it’s time to try the healthy and safe stevia. You may come to the same conclusion as many people who have tried stevia: it actually tastes better than sugar.
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