WHATEVER WEDNESDAYS-STEVIA

Hey folks,

Happy Whatever Wednesday! Today I'm going to continue my series on sweeteners. Today's sweet substance is Stevia. Let's get down to examining what Stevia is all about!

STEVIA

Stevia is a naturally sweet herb from Paraguay. It contains zero calories and has been used as a natural sweetener and flavor enhancer for centuries. In the US it is officially considered a "dietary supplement."

Stevia does not metabolize the sweet glycosides from the stevia leaf or any of its processed forms. Its extracts contain up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. It has gained attention due to the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate and low-sugar food alternatives. Medical research has also shown possible benefits of stevia in treating obesity and high blood pressure.

As with many things, stevia is not all sweet. In some countries it is restricted or banned. In some countries, health concerns and political controversies have limited its availability. The U.S. banned it in the early nineties unless it was labeled as a supplement. Over the years, the number of countries in which stevia is available as a sweetener has been increasing.

For even more information on this sweet substance, click here.

Continue to stay tuned for more on this sweeteners series! The chart comparison will be coming soon!


SOURCES: answers.com, stevia.com, wikipedia.com

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