Stevia rebaudiana is herb native to the valley of Paraguay and Brazil. It has been used as a sweetener for approximately 1,500 years, in parts of South America. Stevia leaf is 15 to 20 times sweeter than sugar & its extracts (Stevioside) are around 250 times sweeter than sugar with zero calories. Stevia can be used as all natural sweetener to substitute sugar or artificial sweetener in cooking, baking and beverages such as green tea drink, carbonated drinks, fruit juices, health & sports drinks, yoghurts, desserts, jams & jellies, snacks, candies & confectioneries, chocolates, pastries, cookies, noodles, ketchup, beer, soya sauces, pickled vegetables, chewing gum, toothpaste etc.
In the early 1970s, the Japanese began cultivating stevia as an alternative to artificial sweeteners and have produced stevia sweeteners commercially since 1977. In Japan, stevia accounts for more than 40 percent of the sweetener market, making Japan the largest consumer of stevia. Today stevia is consumed by billions of people from its native origins of Paraguay & Brazil to Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Russia, France, Germany and other countries. Stevia is likely to become a major source of high potency sweetener for the growing natural food market in the future.
Why Stevia ?
▪ 100% Natural
▪ Safe For Diabetics
▪ No Bitter After Taste
▪ Zero Calories / Zero Fat
▪ Zero Carbohydrates
▪ Non Glycemic
▪ Heat Stable upto 200 C
▪ Sweetness Stability in all Production Processes
▪ Non Toxic & Non Addictive Sweetener
▪ Prevents Fermentation
▪ Anti Oxidant
Therapeutic Benefits Beyond Sweetness ?
Stevia is not only non-toxic, but has several traditional medicinal uses. The Indian tribes of South America have used it as a digestive aid, and have also applied it topically for years to heal wounds. Re cent clinical studies have shown it can increase glucose tolerance and decrease blood sugar levels. Research and Studies in Brazil showed a blood sugar lowering effect of stevia when patients were given 20 grams a day. Many studies in Korea and Japan showed a blood pressure and cholesterol lowering effect with doses of 250 milligrams of stevioside twice a day.
Stevia and Weight Loss ?
Stevia is an ideal dietary supplement for anyone who wants to lose or maintain their weight. Because it contains no calories, it can satisfy cravings for sweets without adding extra pounds. It is also thought that using stevia may decrease the desire to eat fatty foods as well. Appetite control is another factor affected by stevia supplementation. Some people have found that their hunger decreases if they take stevia drops 15 to 20 minutes before a meal. While scientific studies are lacking in this area, it is presumed that the glycosides in stevia help to reset the appestat mechanism found in the brain, thereby promoting a feeling of satiety or satisfaction. Using stevia to sweeten snacks and beverages can result making weight loss and management
Stevia superiority over artificial sweeteners ?
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) and sucralose (Spenda) are reported to contribute to certain forms of cancer, cause headaches, suppress body immune system etc. Enough information & research studies are available over internet, to support the above claims. Health conscious Japan now uses stevia rather than aspartame which was banned because of its health risks.
Is Stevia safe ?
It has a history of safe usage dating back 1,500 years. Over a 150 medical studies confirm that it is completely non-toxic & non-carcinogenic (do not cause cancer). Regulatory approvals for the use of Stevia as a food