STEVIA DROPS - YOUR ALTERNATE TO SUGAR
Posted on August 07 2020
What is stevia?
Stevia is an intensely sweet-tasting plant that has been used to sweeten beverages and make tea since the 16th century.
PLACE OF PRODUCTION
The Stevia plant is native to countries like Paraguay and Brazil. It is also popularly grown in Japan and China.
It is used as a non-nutritive sweetener and herbal supplement in place of the regular sugar.
Now why a non – nutritive sweetener is better than your regular sugar?
A non-nutritive sweetener is one that contains little to no calories. Stevia is used as a healthful alternative to added sugar in many meals and beverages.
What is this Stevia plant?
Stevia – a natural bushy shrub that is part of the sunflower family. It nearly has 150 different stevia species.
Stevia contains eight glycosides. These are the sweet components isolated and purified from the leaves of stevia.
These are extracted through a process of harvesting the leaves, then drying, water extraction, and purification. Crude stevia, the processed product before it is purified, often carries a bitter taste and foul smell until it is bleached or discoloured. It takes roughly 40 steps to process the final stevia extract.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF STEVIA DROPS
Here are some of the possible health benefits of stevia in regular usage when compared to other natural sweeteners:
- Weight control
- Pancreatic cancer
- Blood pressure
- Children’s diets
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