Stevia, (Stevia rebaudiana), also called sweet leaf, flowering plant in the aster family (Asteraceae), grown for its sweet-tasting leaves.
The plant is native to Paraguay, where it has a long history of use by the Guaraní people.
The leaves contain a number of sweet-tasting chemicals known as steviol glycosides, which can be used fresh or dried to sweeten beverages or desserts or can be commercially processed into powdered noncaloric sweeteners.
Steviol glycosides, particularly the chemicals stevioside and rebaudioside A, can be more than 300 times sweeter than table sugar and are nonglycemic (i.e., they do not affect blood glucose levels).
Touted as a healthier alternative to sugar, stevia sweeteners grew in popularity worldwide in the early 21st century.
The leaves of the plant are used to make a sugar substitute.
Stevia has been used as a sweetener for centuries. Recently, it had gained popularity throughout the world as a natural sugar substitute and potential weight loss aid.
Stevia has no calories, and it is 200 times sweeter than the added sugar.
Studies suggest Stevia might have extra health benefits.
Stevia plant is considered generally safe for use in food and beverages.
Stevia does not raise blood sugar levels when ingested. This means that the sweetener is safe for use by diabetics.
Stevia is a healthful sugar alternative for people with diabetes.
Stevia can be used in baking as a substitute for sugar.
It may help lower blood pressure.
Try using Stevia as a sugar substitute if you are trying to lose weight since it has almost no calories.
Research also suggests that it is safe to consume in small amounts while pregnant.
Replace natural sugar with Stevia and stay healthy.
Add 3 to 4 grown leaves of Stevia, ginger, or cinnamon and some tea leaves to boiling water and consume as tea.
People on medications for diabetes or to control their blood pressure are not advised to use Stevia. This is due to the potential that Stevia may interfere with the drugs.
Stevia products can be found in big supermarkets around the country.
You can also grow the Stevia plant at home and consume at your own convenient time.
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