Stevia: Nature’s Natural Sweetener

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Stevia Nature's Natural SweetenerOne of the biggest challenges to following a healthy diet is to reduce the amount of sugar consumed. A hundred years ago we only consumed a few pounds of sugar per year, now some statistics show people consuming well over 100 pounds! To solve this dilemma, I like to replace stevia for sugar, which I find to be one of nature’s natural sweeteners.

Stevia (aka: Rebaudioside A) is an herb that was originally cultivated in South America for the last few hundred years. The native Indian tribes used it as a sweetener as it is about 200 times sweeter than sugar but doesn’t raise blood sugar. Another bonus is that is has zero calories and has an alkaline effect on the body.

When looking to buy stevia, look for Reb A or Rebiana, which is the form of stevia that has GRAS status by the FDA (Generally Recognized as Safe). You can get stevia either in a container and just scoop out what you need or buy little packets like these. You can use it the same way that you use sugar, but just check the amount to substitute since it is so much sweeter. If you’re not a fan of the taste, try Yacon syrup.

*The information on this site is designed for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Thank you!

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~by Kimberly Olson

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