A natural, calorie-free sweetener approximately 200 to 300 times as sweet as sugar? Sounds too good to be true, but it's not -- it's STEVIA.
This ultra-sweet plant originated in South America, but it's been used in many countries for hundreds of years as a natural sweetener.
Using Stevia in place of sugar can cut calories and may keep your blood glucose level more stable, according to University of Utah Health Care, because it can replace sugar that would otherwise spike your blood glucose levels. Whether you're diabetic or just looking for a natural alternative to white sugar, saccharin or aspartame, stevia is a good choice.
Fun facts on Stevia:
- The natural sweetener tastes 200 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar.
- Stevia can be classified as “zero-calorie,” because the calories per serving are so low.
- It has shown potential health benefits as a healthful sugar alternative for people with diabetes.
HOW TO USE:
Simply drop 2-3 dried leaves in your cup and you're done. This lets you use a plant-based whole food alternative to processed sweeteners.
You can either remove the leaves after a few minutes using a strainer, or leave them in your cup. This works just as well for your coffee, iced tea, and many other kinds of beverages.