Stevia: A boon for diabetes
What is Stevia?
Stevia is a plant that is native to South America. It is probably best known as a source of natural sweeteners. In fact, native people in South America have used stevia as a sweetener for hundreds of years. But the leaves are also used to make medicine.
In December 2008, the Food and Drug Administration declared a natural zero-calorie sweetener derived from the herb stevia safe for use in foods and beverages, clearing a path for Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other companies to market it in a variety of products. A long time favorite of natural food lovers, stevia is 30–45 times the sweetness of ordinary table sugar. Widely available for years in Brazil, China and Japan (they use it in their version of Coke).
Scientific Evidence: Stevia, Diabetes and other health parameters.
The 5th Stevia Global Summit 2013 that happened in Delhi announced approval of use of Stevia in food by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority). With FSSAI Approval Of Stevia for use in various food products in India, there open a wide spectrum for national and international companies to market their products in a country of 1.3 Billion people.
Let’s take a look at the video to know why Stevia is given priority as a sugar substitute by Nutritionists, Health Counselors and Dietitian’s.
People who have been using it have mixed reviews:
Like anything else in life it’s “moderation” when using sweeteners. I use stevia in my baking and lemonades. The flavor is great and I have had no side effects. I am sure you can find someone who would be unhappy with rutabagas, for me it’s lima beans. Anyway I like the product.
After one week of use, I developed terrible sores in my mouth and was experiencing extreme dizziness. I was very concerned and when I did research, I found that my symptoms were not uncommon. After about 4 days off stevia, my mouth began to heal and the dizziness completely went away. I would not recommend anyone use this product.
My son was diagnosed with Diabetes three years ago and as a result, I got afraid as well because I was border line for years. Anyway, I got off of sugar in anything used at home.It is awesome. I have never been one to do the artificial (killers) sweetners so I stuck with sugar. After I first stopped using sugar I lost 45 lbs. over the next year or so. I didn’t even realize right away that the weight was coming off. I have managed to keep it off.I realize about the ragweed allergies being connected so don’t take it. But if one is looking to be healthy this IS the way to go.
I have been using Stevia in the Raw as a sugar replacement for a couple of years. I have lost a lot of weight quite easily and no longer suffer the stomach upset, heartburn and cravings that plagued me on a daily basis when my diet consisted of processed and high sugar foods. I look better, feel better and with no side effects like I had with nutra sweet and splenda.
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