Stevia was once banned in the United States.
Stevia was banned in the United States in 1991 for use in food, it could only be sold as a dietary supplement. Only after a surprising effort from the soft drink industry, specific compounds from the Stevia plant were eventually made legal as a food additive.
Stevia Could Be Useful for Weight Loss.
Even though the sweet flavor of stevia makes it an amazing sugar replacement, it has seemingly opposing effects compared to sugar. It contains absolutely no calories and is a zero on the glycemic index. This makes stevia an effective way to add a little sweetness without burdening the liver which could translate to pounds of unwanted fat!
Stevia Is a Whole Food.
The best quality, and non-bitter stevia comes from whole leaf. Once the stevia plant has flowered or is made into an extract containing stems or other parts of the plant, it leaves an extremely unpleasant lingering flavor in the mouth. Many stevia extracts contain unnecessary fillers and tagalong ingredients that can be irritating to those who are sensitive; my mom claims she gets headaches from the stevia sold at her local health food store, never from the organic extract we are using.
Stevia may help regulate blood sugar.
In some studies, stevia has been shown to reduce insulin levels after eating. This has the potential to regulate healthy blood sugar levels in people with high insulin, and could possibly improve glucose tolerance. This means that stevia can help the body resist higher amounts of insulin.
Stevia may be able to eliminate Lyme Disease.
In more recent studies, stevia has been shown to be effective in eliminating the spirochetes bacteria associated with Lyme Disease. Not only have these studies shown that stevia might rid the body of these spirochetes. Stevia also potentially prevents the body from contracting the bacteria.
We think stevia is a wonderful replacement in recipes where sugar is commonly used. We suggest doing your own research. Find out where your stevia comes from, and what parts of the plant are used. Try looking for organic, whole leaf stevia that is minimally processed without unnecessary filler ingredients. Incorporating high quality, non-bitter stevia made my transition to a low-sugar lifestyle almost effortless!