Stevia Drops, with Chromium, 45 ml, Wonder Foods
Stevia herb or leaf, in its natural form, is approximately 10 to 15 times sweeter than common table sugar. Extracts can range from 100 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar. Stevia does not effect blood sugar metabolism. Some studies even report that Stevia reduces plasma glucose levels in normal adults.
Stevia rebaudiana is an herb in the Chrysanthemum family, which grows wild as a small shrub in parts of Paraguay and Brazil. While native Indians of the Guarani Tribe appear to have used the leaves of this herb as a sweetener since pre-Columbian times, it was not until 1887, when a South American natural scientist, called Antonio Bertoni, first “discovered” it.
there are over 80 species of Stevia known to grow wild in North America and perhaps as many as 200 additional species native to South America. Of these, only Stevia rebaudiana and another, now-extinct species, appear to posses the natural sweetness, which are their distinguishing characteristic.
used as a replacement for artificial sweeteners and can be used in cooking and baking. Stevia can be used by diabetics and those on calorie-controlled diets. Stevia has traditionally been used to sweeten teas and coffee-like beverages.
What makes Stevia sweet?
Stevia has a complex molecule called stevioside.this complex molecule and a number of other related compounds that account for stevia’s extraordinary sweetness.
Uses of Stevia
Stevia has primarily been used as a sweetener, it
does not break down when it is heated, can be used in foods that are baked or cooked.
Stevia is a flavour enhancer, as well as a sweetener. It helps to bring out the true flavours in cereals, breads, pickles, juices, berries, sherbets, candies, yoghurt, ice cream, chewing gum, toothpaste and mouthwash.
due to stevia’s anti-bacterial activity used for bleeding gums , gargle for sore throats ,cold sores. shown to inhibit the development of plaque and cavities.
has also been investigated as an aid in regulating blood sugar metabolism in diabetics.