Stevia is being used as a natural sweetener since ages and it’s use as a natural sweetener has been approved by US FDA. Are you a diabetic who has to depend on sugar-free pills even for a cup of tea? Are you trying really hard to lose weight and have started saying no to sugar? If you have not yet tried stevia , you should definitely give stevia a shot, which offers sweetness in a natural form.
What is Stevia?
Well, you will get tons of information on the internet on its origin, where it used first and how long it’s been in use., but just to keep it simple; Stevia is a herb, which can make your food preparation taste sweeter and the sweetness from the leaves is offered by several non-caloric molecules known as glycosides. These molecules though offer a sweet taste but you will be fascinated to know that they don’t contribute to calories and hence you may possibly not gain any weight by its consumption.
Health Benefits Of Stevia
The extracts from the stevia plant offer wonderful health benefits and one should not miss out on these great benefits offered in such a sweet form.
It’s a blessing for diabetics and diabetics should really thank nature for providing sweetness in a natural form, in the form of stevia. The stevia extracts provides a regulating effect on the pancreas which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. People who are diabetic or hypoglycemic should seriously consider adding stevia to their daily diet.
Stevia has also been used traditionally to treat high blood pressure or hypertension. Stevia extracts have been found to bring down the elevated levels of blood pressure and prevent chronic blood pressure problems. People who are obese are at a greater risk of acquiring high blood pressure and they should consider switching from usual table sugar to stevia and incorporate on its benefits.
Stevia also helps to provide relief from stomach acidity and gas trouble and aids in proper digestion of food.
Stevia is also great for people who are looking to cutting down on weight as stevia is a Dzero calorie sweetener and you can easily give your table sugar a miss. Diabetics can enjoy multiple benefits offered by stevia.
Stevia can also help to feel mentally more alert and can give you a good boost of energy.
Stevia is known to take care oral problems as stevia can inhibit the growth and development of bacteria that can cause tooth and gum problems. You get stevia drops which you can pour in a glass of water and gargle for a better oral health.
Stevia extracts can do wonders for your skin. Using stevia powder as a facial mask will help to tighten and soften your skin thus keeping you away from wrinkles. It can also be used to treat acne, blemishes and lip sore.
Stevia also aids in rapid healing of cuts and scratches.
Other than these benefits stevia is aslo known to improve hair health and getting rid of dandruff and other scalp problems. Also stevia may have a significant role in reducing kidney and liver damage in diabetics and is also known to have anti-oxidant properties.
How To Use Stevia
For the beginners try making a cup of tea or coffee for which you will require just 6 – 7 dry leaves in water. Allow the water to boil for a minute then make your tea or coffee. To make a concentrate syrup, add about 50 grams of stevia leaves to 2 liters of water and boil on medium arch till the contents come down to 1.5 liters. Filter out the leaves, cool the sweet water, fill it in a bottle and refrigerate. You can use this concentrate as and when required in tea, coffee, milk, curd, etc.
Please don’t go over board. I know how greedy our minds can be once that we know something so good is available with lots of benefits. You might consider adding stevia drops to a lot of things and satisfy the needs of your sweet tooth, but this in turn can be dangerous as you may end up adding more calories instead of losing them.
Be wise, use stevia whenever required but in moderate quantity and enjoy the health benefits of stevia – a natural sweetener.
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