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7 Reasons Why Stevia is Better Than Refined Sugar

All-natural stevia sweetener is different from sugar in many ways, and there are several reasons why stevia is a better option than sucrose, whether you’re diabetic or just looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle. So let’s go and have a look at them!

1. Stevia is very, very potent

The raw leaves of the stevia plant are approximately 40 times sweeter than sugar, and the powdered sweetener derived from them is up to 200-300 times sweeter. What this means, is that just a tiny bit of stevia will suffice for most of your sugar free recipes. The sweet leaf’s shelf life is about 5 years, so it most certainly is a worthwhile investment.

2. Stevia has no calories

Refined sugar makes you fat, there’s no denying it. Sucrose contains a lot of calories and there are so many sugary products nowadays that it’s become almost a full-time chore to avoid them. As a consequence, 34% of adults in America are obese and for our children – who are being exposed to sugar from a very young age – that figure is 17%.

These alarming rates are three times higher than they were thirty years ago. Luckily, the stevia sweetener harbors no calories whatsoever. While it isn’t by any means a weight loss product, the benefits of stevia and its huge potential in this area are obvious.

3. Stevia helps to suppress cravings

As we all know, sugar is addictive. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose may not have any calories or glycemic index, but they still promote cravings for sugary sweets. On top of that, an increasing amount of consumers over the years has reported negative side effects when using artificial sweeteners, ranging from headaches and dizziness to rashes and stomach pains. Stevia on the other hand, has been reported to suppress cravings.

Time for a bit of trivia: did you know that stevia has been approved as a sweetener in Japan since the 1970’s, and is now the number one sweetener there, with a market share of over 40%? And all this without any reports of unwanted side effects!

4. Stevia is Good for Your Teeth

Stevia Plant

When you consume sugar, an adhesive layer of bacteria is formed on your teeth, causing dental plaque and cavities in the long run. So-called “sugar alcohols” (also called “polyols”) such as Erythritol, Maltitol and Sorbitol are popular ingredients in chewing gums and toothpastes because the dental bacteria cannot ferment them and thus, can’t adhere to your teeth.

There is a downside to sugar alcohols though: they still contain a lot of calories and some of them still have a high glycemic index which is harmful for diabetics. On top of that, they cause bloating and gasin individuals who are sensitive to them. Stevia has the same benefits as the polyols, but doesn’t come with all the discomforts.

5. Stevia is Great For Diabetics

The reason why sugar is so bad for diabetics, is that it contains large amounts of carbohydrates. In order to illustrate which food types are fit for diabetics and which ones aren’t, a system called “the glycemic index” was developed.

We will spare you the details of this system, but what it boils down to is that food types with a glycemic index value of less than 50 are considered relatively safe for diabetics; the lower the number, the better. To give you an idea: apples have a GI of 39. French fries have a GI of 95. Tabletop sugar has a GI of 80. Stevia has a GI of 0 (yes, zero). This makes the sweet leaf ideal for keeping your diabetes symptoms at bay without having to compromise any sweetness in your food.

6. Stevia Regulates Hypertension

For generations, native tribes in South America have been using stevia to sweeten their maté, a type of herbal tea. Aside from the sweetness, they have also been using it to lower blood pressure in people suffering from hypertension. Nowadays, South American doctors even officially prescribe medicine containing stevia to help control high blood pressure. Extensive testing has shown that stevia does not lower blood pressure in healthy individuals.

7. Stevia Helps With Candidiasis

Candida albicans is a natural type of yeast that’s present in every human’s intestines. But in some people, this yeast population can grow excessively large and that’s when an infection called “candidiasis” occurs, causing symptoms like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The main culprit with candidiasis is the fermentation of sugar in the intestine, and therefore many candida diets are based on eliminating sucrose from a person’s eating patterns.

Raw stevia cannot be fermented by candida albicans and does not promote candidiasis, so it should be perfectly safe to substitute sugar with stevia for people with this condition. Always consult your physician before altering your diet though, and be careful to use pure stevia only. Some commercially available brands add inulin or maltodextrin to some of their products: substances which are to be avoided when you’re prone to candidiasis.

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Hole: Grow your own stevia Little herb leaves pack a wallop of sweetness BY JIM HOLE, EDMONTON JOURNAL JULY 8, 2014

Stevia rebaudiana (stevia for short) is a herb that is not grown as an ornamental plant, nor is it grown for its outstanding culinary attributes.

Sure it has nice, oblong, toothed leaves and a decent display of small, white flowers. But its outstanding attribute is one that no other herb can match.

I discovered stevia’s little secret some 25 years ago when Mom handed me a leaf to chew on. Since stevia is also known as “sugar-leaf,” I was expecting that it would have a subtle flavour with a touch of sweetness, yet nothing too sugary. Boy, was I wrong.

From the first bite, my taste buds were overwhelmed with an onslaught of sweet flavours. Had I been sampling the latest and greatest new super-sweet pineapple or watermelon variety, I would have expected a good sugar rush, but to get such a mouthful of sweetness from such a small green leaf was a real surprise.

Because of stevia’s incredibly sweet flavour, it has become very popular as a natural way to sweeten foods and drinks without adding a lot of household sugars.

ITS HISTORY

Stevia is a member of the asteracea family, which includes a huge number of plant species — everything from artichokes and dandelions to marigolds, chrysanthemums and, sunflowers.

It’s indigenous to Paraguay and for centuries has been used there as a sweetener for drinks and some foods. The Paraguayans call it “caa-ehe.”

BEST FEATURES

The concentrated sweetness contained within the leaves of stevia is by far its best feature, but strangely enough the plant itself contains very little sugar. The sweetness is due to a blend of a family of some nine plant compounds called ‘steviosides’ that aren’t true sugars, yet can be up to 400 times sweeter than sugar on a per-gram basis.

Still, while stevia and steviosides are naturally occurring, they have come to the market with some controversy. Back in the ’90s, stevia extracts were categorized as an artificial sweetener, and only fairly recently has Health Canada given the green light for discretionary consumption of steviosides.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: EASY

Stevia is not winter hardy here, but it can withstand temperatures as low as -6C, so if you plan on growing it in your garden, treat it as an annual bedding plant. Choose a spot that is well-drained and avoid boggy, clayish soils. Stevia is well adapted to semi-arid climates and can tolerate some drying. In fact, it’s best to let the plant show slight wilting before giving it a good shot of water to avoid root rot. If you want to grow it indoors, ensure that you place it under grow lights during the dark winter months and keep the roots moist, but never saturated with water.

HOW PERFECT IS IT?

For people who enjoy a bit of sweetness in their smoothies but don’t want to add calorie-rich sugars to the mix, stevia is the perfect solution. A very small quantity of leaf tissue packs a lot of sugary punch and provides that extra bit of sweet flavour that many of us enjoy.

If you plan on growing stevia outside, keep in mind that deer love it, so it might be best to place it in containers close to the house where you can keep an eye out for our four-legged friends. Sharing a bit of stevia with wildlife is fine, but I’m sure there isn’t a single deer that needs to watch his calories like we humans do.

Jim Hole is an owner of Hole’s Greenhouse in St. Albert. 


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