Choose Stevia - Choose Health
After many years of studies and reviews. the Food and Drug Administration has cleared this herb as a sweetener. The FDA has declared a natural zero-calorie sweetener derived from the herb stevia safe for use in foods and beverages,
The species Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni, also known as sweet leaf, sugar leaf, or simply stevia, are indigenous to South America where it has been used as a sweetener for centuries. During the past years, this sweet herb has gained recognition and popularity in Asia, America and Europe. Unlike other zero-calorie sweeteners like Splenda, Aspartame, etc. Stevia has only desirable properties and no negative side effects at all.
Stevia extracts contain up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste.
Stevia has shown promise in medical research for treating conditions as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, thus making it a wholesome natural sweetener for diabetics and individuals on carbohydrate-controlled diets. Stevia is perfectly save for children. Since it does not have fermenting properties as sugar, stevia does not contribute to cavities and tooth decay.
Obesity in alults and children is a growing problem in this country and any method we have to reduce caloric intake will be greatly beneficial. Since stevia is very sweet, it helps to eliminate the desire for more sweets. Thus, using Stevia to sweeten teas and desserts will allow us and our children to enjoy tasty sweets that won’t contribute to weight gain and other health challenges.
I like to use the Sunny Dew, a highly concentrated Stevia product with a pleasant after taste. When I get sugar cravings, that go beyond one or two pieces of chocolate, I squirt a few drops on my tongue, and the desire for sweets leaves me promptly. Sweetening my tea with Sunny Dew satisfies my sweet tooth enough to keep sugar cravings away. I like to always keep one bottle in my bag, just in case. I found that Sunny Dew works wonderful for blood sugar imballances (particularly in pregnancy and for a diabetic friend) as well as due to it’s anti-septic properties for desinfecting wounds on the playground.
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