What is stevia in fact?
It is a natural non caloric sweetener. In fact it’s a small green plant, which grows in Paraguay.
Its leaves have a delicious and refreshing taste 10-15 times sweeter than table sugar. Meanwhile the stevia extracts (steviosides) have 200-300 times the sweetness of table sugar.
Apart of the above, due to some nutrients found in the stevia leaf, it has been resulted from some studies to offer a wide range of health benefits.
These nutrients are as following: Vitamin A & C, Phosphorus, Potassium, Riboflavin, Fiber, Protein, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and Calcium.
When you have diabetes, while you avoid sugary foods,or try diabetic foods, maybe you can try some kinds of sweeteners which have fewer calories and don’t raise your blood sugar levels.
Here you must be very careful in choosing the right kind of sweetener to use. Don’t use artificial sweeteners like: Aspartame or Splenda. Researches have found that the additives found in them, are very harmful for your health and can cause different diseases.
Instead, the natural ones, are as good as artificial sweeteners regarding the taste, the potency, and also have fewer calories and are considered healthier than them. You can also use them to reduce weight too.
Among the natural sweeteners stevia appears to the best safe sweetening substance according to dr. Howesteins.
Meanwhile, Dr. Patrick B. Massey has noted in the Daily Herald (May 20, 2002): "Stevia has some very interesting properties. It has no calories but has actions similar to several currently used medications. It stimulates the release of insulin and normalizes the response to glucose, especially in type 2 diabetes. It is used in Latin America as an inexpensive therapy for hyperglycemia”
The Benefits of Stevia
It’s ideal for your diabetes. Since your body doesn’t metabolize glucoside, the sweet compound in stevia, it passes through normal channels without increasing blood sugar.
Also it’s an excellent sugar substitute if you wish to lose weight too.
According to some researches carried out in Japan and South America, it has been resulted the beneficial effects of stevia in regulating blood sugar levels, improving pancreas function, optimizing the symptoms of diabetes and hypoglycemia too.
If you have high blood pressure you can use it or even if you suffers from digestive problems such as gas, stomach acidity it can help you as well.
If you suffer from gum disease or tooth decay, stevia can help you inhibiting the growth and reproduction of the bacteria responsible for the above problems.
Where can you find it?
If you take stevia powder, you can benefit from it because it doesn’t have any hypoglycaemic effect. Instead, it can improve glucose tolerance, lower plasma glucose levels, and decrease the glucose production in the kidneys.
The stevia extract you can find in several supplements. It’s very sweet, low calorie, and can help your body optimizing blood sugar by improving glucose tolerance and inhibiting glucose absorption, and supporting pancreas function.
You can use it if you tend to lose weight because of no calories it has. You’ll see that your desire for sweets and fatty foods will vanish if you use it daily as many studies have reported.
Your general health will be better, with a improved digestion and all digestive tract function, with soothing of upset stomach, and you’ll recover faster from minor illnesses you might face.
Here we are with the exotic herb of stevia tea, packed with no calorie sweet molecules. It’s a very good substitute of sucralose.
If you have tried splenda or sucralose, the artificial sweetener, stop using it. Don’t harm your health anymore. Try stevia tea recipes instead, which will give you a hand with your diabetes, hypoglycemia as well as with fungus or any other conditions.
Diabetes and Stevia
Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist