There are always people who want to have it all. They want to have their cake and eat it, too. And not only do they want to have their cake and eat it, but they don’t want to have to deal with the consequences of the extra calories that the cake contains. It’s people like these who want to have it all that are most excited about the growing popularity of stevia. This naturally sweetener can deliver about 300 times the sweetness of sugar with only a fraction of the calories. The hunt for a zero-calorie sweetener has been a success.
While it has only enjoyed recent popularity in the Western world, stevia has been used by countries all over the world as a sweetener for centuries. It makes for an excellent alternative to sugar, with its powerful flavor and lack of caloric content. Using this natural sweetener provides a more healthful alternative to artificial sweeteners, some of which have been linked to cancer, and most of which have strange or bitter aftertastes. Unlike these artificial sweeteners, this little green leaf is all-natural, and requires very little processing in order to be used as a sweetener. It’s no wonder that it’s gotten so popular so quickly.
Stevia also has medicinal uses. Certain peoples of South America have been using it as an ingredient in herbal teas to treat indigestion and heartburn for centuries. There have been recent medical studies that show that it has potential for treating obesity and hypertension. It may also enhance glucose tolerance, which would make it the ideal sweetener for diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets. We’re only just beginning to tap into the medicinal potential of this leaf. It can currently be purchased in the United States as either a food additive or a dietary supplement.Calorie control is difficult for people with a sweet tooth.
Those who enjoy sweets often just like a little sweetness in everything: in their breakfast cereals, their fruits, their teas and coffees. Unfortunately, all those “little” hits of added sweetness can add up, calorically speaking. But using stevia allows those with a sweet tooth to get that hit of sweetness in their favorite foods and drinks without having to jog an extra thirty minutes on the treadmill in order to work off the extra calories. With this amazing, all-natural sweetener, you can have your cake, eat it, and stay slimmer.