Stevia, the all natural sweetener
We use stevia as the sweetener in all of our products instead of sugar for the many health benefits.
Stevia is a species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America to South America. The species Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar and can have up to 300 times the sweetness of sucrose (ordinary table sugar),
Stevia’s benefits include:
- Low Glycemic Index – It does not affect blood sugar levels
- Low Carbohydrate
- Low Calorie
- Gluten Free
- No Maltodextrin
- No GMO’s
- Chemical Free
The plant was used extensively by the Guarani people for more than 1,500 years, and the plant has a long history of medicinal use in Paraguay and Brazil, and now stevia has attracted attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar sweeteners and because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose it is attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets and may even enhance glucose tolerance.
In relation to diabetes, studies have shown stevia to have a possible trophic effect on β-cells of pancreas, to improve insulin sensitivity in rats, and possibly even to promote additional insulin production, helping to reverse diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Stevia consumed before meals significantly reduced postprandial insulin levels compared to both aspartame and sucrose. A 2011 review study concluded that stevia sweeteners would likely benefit diabetic patients. In 2013 a study with stevia leaves on diabetic rats identified a renal and hepatic protective effect and a reduction in the risk of oxidative stress, in addition to the better known hypoglycemic benefits.
Stevia has been endorsed by opinion leaders and health experts including TV personality Dr. Oz, Arianna Huffington, entertainment mogul Suzanne de Passe, Hachette Filipacchi media president-CEO Jack Kliger, and it is the only sweetener used in the White House by Michelle Obama.