Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Naturally Healthy Sweetener

I am sure you have all heard of low/non sugar additives such as, aspartame, sorbitol, manitol, splenda, saccharin etc... but have you heard of STEVIA?

Stevia Rebaudiana is a derivative from a plant found in South America and has been used for a centuries in both South America and China. This herb is roughly 300 times sweeter than sugar, calorie free and comes in a white powder form or liquid tincture.

It has been recorded that Stevia Extract stabilizes blood sugar and also aids the pancreas - this herb is very valuable to those with diabetes &/or hypoglycemia as well as those who wish to loose weight and cut out sugar from their diets.

Other studies suggest that Stevia decreases the desire for actual sugary sweets, improves digestion and soothes upset stomachs. It has also been noted that Stevia can fight infections of the mouth which is why a lot of people even use it as a mouth wash.

Stevia can also be used topically and is known to soften the skin when applied. It even is a notable wrinkle smoother and a scar healer!

Why the FDA took so long to OK Stevia... I don't know! I have been using it for 8 years now DAILY in my coffee and adore it! I especially adore the brands: Sweet Leaf & NuNaturals - So to everyone who is trying to rid sugar from their life and have read one too many articles about Aspartame being dangerous - Try Stevia, all health food stores have it these days and popular drink brands are ever starting to use them!

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