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The Sweet Talk On Stevia

Sedentary lifestyles, everyday stress, and fatty food have prompted an expanding presence of what are ordinarily alluded to as ‘lifestyle diseases’ – diabetes and blood pressure. Diabetes specifically has effects on individuals of all age groups and also the WHO has cautioned about the disease developing to pestilence extents in India. While different reasons including those referenced above are causes, a sugar-generous eating routine is certainly one amongst them. 

In addition to exercise and stress management, controlling the everyday admission of sugar is critical to overseeing diabetes.

Being a herb, stevia contains many vitals minerals, vitamins that are selectively absent within the artificial sweeteners. Stevia extract has been in use by native South Americans to cut back weight; to treat wound infections, inflammatory conditions, swelling in the legs and as a tonic to treat depression.

This sweet-leaf herb has much health benefiting plant-derived phytochemical compounds that help control blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure additionally to its worth as a natural sweetener.

Stevia herb parts are very low in calories. Parts by parts, its dry leaves possess roughly 40 times more sweetness than sugar. Certain glycosides in stevia extract are found to dilate blood vessels, increase sodium excretion, and urine output.

Stevia products are utilised in thousands of food and beverage products in numerous countries worldwide including juices, flavoured milk, teas, soft drinks, yoghurts, baked goods, cereals, salad dressings, sauces, confectionery products and of course, as a tabletop sweetener. 

With people becoming more tuned in to health, weight and calorie absorption, the demand for natural, zero-calorie sweeteners is sure to rise and contribute significantly in meeting their health and fitness objectives.

Usage: 

  1. Stevia Syrup: You can make stevia syrup by adding a cup of hot water to 1/4 cup of fresh, finely-crushed leaves. This mixture is allowed to settle down for 24 hours, filtered, and then refrigerated. 
  2. Stevia extracts: are further refined for use as table sugar. It can then be added to jam, yogurt, ice creams, smoothies, desserts, chewing gum, and sorbets and also to sweeten bitter medicines. 
  3. Leaves: 7-8 leaves can be brewed with the preferred beverage.  

References: 

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  3. Sarode, A., 2016. Stevia Plant (Herb) Nutrition Facts | Blog.Nurserylive.Com | Gardening In India. [online] Blog.Nurserylive.com. Available at: <https://blog.nurserylive.com/2016/10/10/stevia-plant-herb-nutrition-facts-and-gardening-in-india> [Accessed 7 December 2020].
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