Stevia

Updated: Sep 1

Today I wanted to write a little about sweeteners, specifically Stevia.

What is Stevia?

Stevia is an herb, originally from South America, though it now grows throughout the world.

It is naturally very sweet and considered 200 times sweeter than sugar, but it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels like sugar and other artificial sweeteners do.

History

Stevia has been used for centuries in various cultures around the world, but, it has only gained popularity in the modern sense in recent years.


Stevia (stevia rebaudiana) is known as an appetite suppressant and natural sweetener. I’ve even found references to it being used for digestion in its indigenous location, but with no source to this notation.

Science

On the Scientific front, Stevia might have the potential for treating endocrine diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. This is according to a 2017 article in the Journal of Medicinal Food. But more research is needed on that idea.

While theirs no contesting Stevia as a natural herbal sweetener, many modern forms of stevia-based sweeteners are powdered and processed. In fact, popular powdered Stevia sweeteners go through dozens of steps during processing. These steps include bleaching to chemical alteration.

Well, Dang it!!

The Point

And lastly don’t miss the forest for looking at that one tree. I think we might be missing the point. It’s not that we need to find an alternative FOR our sweet life; we need to find alternatives TO our sweet lives.

As you go down the road to a healthier lifestyle, eating nutrient-dense whole foods, you will find that sweets are not necessary.

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy that piece of cake from time to time. But when your body is supplied with all the needed nutrients, you will find it might not be so necessary to be SO concerned about where that ingredient comes from.

When your body is running smoothly, the way it should, it will be able to handle the little hiccups you throw at it from time to time.

Conclusion

If you don’t take but one thing from this article today, remember this one point:

It’s not that we need to find an alternative FOR our sweet life; we need to find alternatives TO our sweet lives.

Stay sweet my friends!




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