Stevia Sweetener Better Than Sugar?
While it’s hard to
say that one type of sweetener is “better” than another, there are certainly some areas
in which Stevia seems to have advantages over the sugar that we are accustomed to using.
In addition to being 100% natural, liquid Stevia sweetener doesn’t contain any calories.
That, in itself makes this sweetener appealing to many, especially those who stick to
healthy, natural foods. Whereas sugar is known to cause tooth decay, Stevia has been
found to prevent cavities.
Liquid Stevia sweetener has also been recommended for diabetics
in many cases. This is because it does not affect blood glucose levels in the same way that
sugar does. Interestingly enough, it is also 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, which means
that only a small amount needs to be used. Rest assured, it can be used in pretty much the same
way as sugar. While the plant has been used by the Guarani Indians to sweeten tea for hundreds
of years, it is now used in homes all over the U.S., not just in beverages, but even as a sugar
substitute in baking with natural foods.
The Acceptance of Liquid Stevia
With the obvious
benefits of liquid Stevia sweetener and the fact that it has been a known natural foods
sugar substitute for hundreds of years, it is hard to understand why it hasn’t been in
use in modern culture for more than a few years. The fact of the matter is that it has!
Stevia has been used in Japan since the 1970s, and the studies that have been done on it
have been very positive.
Sunrider International’s Dr. Tei Fu Chen successfully petitioned the FDA to allow the use of liquid Stevia as a dietary
supplement in the United States. More recently, it has been approved as a food additive
and companies like Coca Cola and Pepsi are lining up to begin putting Stevia in widely
The reasons for the ban of Stevia sweetener
as a food additive were hotly debated, with many pointing to lobbyists from both the sugar and
the sugar-substitute industries. It has experienced a number of classifications since being
allowed in the U.S., and it’s likely that the use of liquid Stevia sweetener for both all
natural foods and as a part of prepackaged foods will continue to grow as consumers learn about
its many advantages.
Cliff Smith began seriously
researching nutrition when he lost 30 pounds in 30 days on a diet of advanced
low carb foods and highly
concentrated health drinks.
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