Stevia: A natural sweetener?

We all know that eating refined sugar can be extremely harmful for our bodies and can cause unnecessary weight gain and inflammation. But, what are the healthy alternatives? Stevia, the plant-based sweetner, is being touted as the latest, low-calorie natural sweetener, specifically targeted at health conscious fitness lovers all over the globe. Let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits associated with this sweetener.

Stevia is one hundred per cent natural and does not contain any calories. It is made from the stevia plant, which is native to South America. And, has a strong, sweet flavour.  There are some studies, which show that that subjects who consumed stevioside, a compound extracted from stevia, were able to reduce their blood pressure, after several weeks.

Research also shows that stevia also does not affect blood glucose or insulin response, making it a safe alternative for people with diabetes.

Since stevia is a non-cariogenic sweetener, it does not cause tooth decay, unlike refined sugar. This is because stevia prevents the growth of oral bacteria, thereby preventing gum diseases from developing.

Since stevia has zero calories, it can be consumed by those wanting to lose weight, but it has to be part of a healthy lifestyle and that those wanting to lose weight must avoid eating energy-dense foods that are high in fat and added sugars.

Stevia is also packed with antioxidants, which help the body fight damage caused by free radicals, thereby boosting the body’s immunity and helping fight the ageing process.  So, if you want to stay fit, young and avoid weight gain, try this natural sweetner.

REVOFIT TAKE: Stevia is a a great natural sweetener, but it has a distinct taste, which may take your palate time to get used to. So before you run out to the store and buy it in bulk, give it a try first.  And while stevia has several health benefits, those taking blood pressure medications should avoid taking it as it may lower blood sugar levels further, leading to health complications. So, consult your general practitioner, if you are under medication are are thinking of adding stevia to your diet.

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