Saturday, January 11, 2014

Stevia Plant, The Natural Sweetener

Stevia, the Sugar Plant
High Level of Blood Sugar?  Diabetes? You can, still enjoy a sweetener using Stevia, the Sugar Plant. Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from the sweetleaf plant. It’s 300x as sweet as sugar, so it only takes a small amount to produce the same sweet taste as cane sugar.  Stevia has been used as a sweetener in many cultures for centuries, but is only recently gaining acceptance as a sugar substitute in the United States. It was first introduced in the US in the mid 1990s as an herbal supplement. After much controversy, it was approved by the FDA.

The following are the top five health benefits from Stevia:

A no-carb, no-calorie substitute
For those watching their carbohydrate or caloric intake, Stevia is both carb- and calorie-free. This makes it possible for dieters to satisfy sweet cravings without wrecking their eating plans.

Lowers blood pressure
Stevia has been shown, in some studies, to lower blood pressure. This makes it an ideal sweetener for people with high blood pressure.

                                             Lowers blood sugar

For people with high blood sugar levels, Stevia has the possible benefit of lowering sugar levels. This makes it a possibly acceptable substitute for anyone with blood sugar or insulin problems, including diabetics. However, diabetics should continue to monitor their blood sugar levels and insulin levels after using Stevia to make sure everything remains in check.


Has antibacterial properties

Stevia, when used orally, has shown antibacterial properties. This makes it an ideal ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes, as it can aid in fighting cavities and gingivitis. It has shown the same properties when used topically, and has been used as an ointment in thetreatment of eczema and acne.


Aids in calcium formation

Some studies, conducted on chicken eggshells, have shown that chickens who are fed a preparation laced with Stevia lay eggs with significantly tougher shells. This suggests that Stevia aids in calcium formation, which would be an ideal side effect particularly for women and children with growing bones. However, experts warn that this has not been definitely proven to translate to human calcium formation.

You can have your home grown sugar plant. In this way, you can make sure that it is organically cultivated. It is best propagated by cutting stems.  This plant loves the sun and you can plant it on pots. By doing so,you'll have a ready sweetener when you need it.



  1. Thank you for providing the information. I would like to tell that I too have came across this sweetener as an agency called cidbotanicals is providing this sweetener which can be easily consumed as a sugar substitute and is good for health.