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|Stevia, a Carefree Sweet Alternative |
Stevia has a delicate-looking flower that originated in South America, more particularly in Paraguay and Brazil, and it has been used as traditional sweeteners for tea and other beverages. Stevia is all-natural sweetener that is a good replacement for sugar anytime. It is much safer than artificial sweeteners that have been proven to cause some dangers to the body. Stevia is sweet but safe for diabetics and those who wanted to lose weight.
Stevia refers to the entire plant and not just the component that can provide the safe sweetening agent. The components of the "sweet plant" that is responsible for giving sweet taste are called steviol glycosides. The components being extracted from stevia plants are used as all natural sweeteners that are safe for diabetics, and those trying to lose some weight.
Stevia for Diabetics
Stevia is many times sweeter than sugar (estimate is about three hundred times more), but it does not pose an imminent danger in raising the blood sugar or blood glucose levels. Diabetics must always keep the right sugar levels to avoid imminent dangers to health. Stevia is safe for diabetics as an alternative sweetener for sugar. It can easily satisfy the sweet tooth of a person suffering from diabetes without having to worry about the increased sugar levels because it will never happen.
One packet of stevia is usually around 80 mg. Taking stevia within the packet dosage can be considered the ideal to take. Unlike artificial sweeteners, stevia is all natural and safe for diabetics to consume that even chocolate cake that was made using stevia as sweetener is perfectly okay to eat.
Stevia may reduce insulin resistance that will be very beneficial to the cells to use insulin. Stevia has somehow shown evidence that it can also help to stimulate production of insulin. The two stevia benefits are indeed great news for diabetes sufferers, but the results are promising to laboratory rats. There are also favorable results in human studies but not as much as those for the laboratory rats. Studies still continue to harness the greater benefits of stevia.
Stevia for Losing Weight
Anything excessive can be dangerous most especially excessive weight. There are health risks when one is overweight. Replacing sugar in the diet being taken can help a lot in cutting down calories that can lead to weight loss. If a person takes in more calories than a person can burn in a day, then expect an increase in weight to occur.
Sugar definitely contains lots of calories, and to illustrate, one gram of sugar contains 4 calories and if a person must use 4 grams of sugar (usually a teaspoon) it will yield 16 calories, and consuming more sugar will increase calories intake. A gram of stevia contains zero calories, zero carbohydrates, zero fat, zero protein, and zero sodium. Being extra "sweet" with stevia will not bring the body additional calories, and since it is many times sweeter than sugar, just a little will be enough to give a person the kind of sweetness one looks for.
Stevia is heat stable it only means that it can be use for baking or for cooking to add some needed taste, and make the dishes more succulent without the added calories.