What is stevia?

Stevia is a naturally occurring sweetener and an alternative for sugar extracted from the leaves of a plant species known as Stevia Rebaudiana originating from South America. Its active compounds are steviol glycosides (mainly stevioside and rebaudioside). Stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar ensuring your sweets getting sweeter and on the brighter side healthy. At high concentrations, some of its extracts might have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste

Why stevia?

Want to devour that favorite sweet of yours but too many calories! With stevia, you will never have to compromise on your sweet cravings. It is 200 times sweeter than your regular refined sugar, not fermentable, and heat and pH stable- so, binge on them sweets without any worry. This naturally sweet herb contains zero calories so the human body does not metabolize glycosides in it, unlike some artificial sweeteners.
Being almost zero-calorie with natural antioxidants, Stevia is used as a healthy substitute in most sugar applications, including baking and cooking since it is inherently and naturally heat stable. Also, it has been widely used with no side-effects and helps keep obesity and diabetic issues in control. Definitely the healthiest substitute and inclusion in one's diets.

Benifits of stevia

Has ‘zero’ calories

Diabetes and Obesity control

Has ‘No’ side effects

Contains vital vitamins & minerals

Contains natural antioxidants

Helps boost metabolism

a deeper dive into stevia

Being almost zero-calorie with natural antioxidants, Stevia leaves also contain essential vitamins (A, B, and C), minerals (iron, zinc, and calcium), electrolytes (sodium, potassium), proteins and other elements. A diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are great for the immune system and can lower the risk of infections and even terminal illness in some cases.

Promotes heart health and regulates blood pressure. Stevioside, a compound found in stevia, has been found to lower blood pressure by dilating and relaxing blood vessels. Also, studies have shown supplementing with the required amounts of stevia daily could reduce bad LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Alongside offering health benefits to the human body, it’s also good for the environment! Stevia is Eco-friendly, the cultivation of stevia leaves a minimal environmental footprint. It uses about one-fifth of the land and significantly low levels of water (5% of the water used for sugarcane cultivation) when compared to other sugar products.

For people with diabetes, stevia has shown potential health benefits as a healthful alternative for sugar. Also, it promotes dental health and protects your pearly whites. Being a popular ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes, stevia can prevent the build-up of bacterial plaque, cavities and gingivitis.

Stevia is primarily grown in Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, and China. Stevia and erythritol have been approved for use in the United States (U.S.), when used in moderation it does not appear to pose any health risks.

Only pure refined stevia can give maximum benefits mentioned, so avoid products that contain additives like aspartame, sucrose or other bulking agents. It also strengthens the immune system. The stevia plant contains many sterols and is a rich source of antioxidant compounds including kaempferol quercetin.