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Stevia is the name of a small bush, native to the rainforests of eastern Paraguay, traditionally used for centuries by the Guarani Indians of the area to sweeten their herbal tea called “Yerba Mate.” Today, it is an ingredient used all over the world, cultivated and produced in different countries.
Natural Health’s Stevia powder contains steviol glycosides extracted from the Stevia plant, which is called Stevia rebaudiana bertoni. It is a perfect as an all-natural, FDA-approved, zero-calorie, and zero-carbohydrate sweetener.
Because it does not have any calories or carbohydrates, it is ideal for dieters and weight watchers, on top of being a zero on the glycemic index for those who are taking care of their blood sugar. As a dietary supplement, it has been used for centuries for its medicinal uses in lowering blood sugar. Regular use of stevia also helps meet the body’s antioxidant needs.
Stevia’s remarkable attributes also make it an exceptional cooking companion. It is very usable for all kinds of cooking, especially in viscous foods such as gravies, dough, soups, and bake products. It contains the necessary proteins to aid in the formation and stabilization of emulsion, which is essential in cakes, batters, coffee whiteners, milk, frozen desserts, and other.
Stevia leaves have other benefits for the body, such as being anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-diarrhea, anti-tumor, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant. It is safe for children, and is the recommended sweetener for pregnant or lactating women.