Latin Name : Stevia Rebaudiana
Stevia is widely considered one of the most interesting and beneficial new discoveries when it comes to human health and nutrition. Stevia is valued most for its sweet leaves and its ability to replace sugar in a diet, but stevia also contains a wealth of antioxidant compounds, such as flavonoids & tannins,. The stevia plant also contains fiber, protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Here are some of the most important health benefits of Stevia:
- Diabetes: There are many benefits of Stevia to diabetes sufferers. This natural sweetener can suppress glucose levels, significantly increase glucose tolerance and stabilise blood sugar levels.
- Heart Health: Stevia contains compounds that act as diuretics, increasing urination, facilitating the excretion of excess sodium and relaxing the blood vessels. This results in less stress on the cardiovascular system and lower blood pressure, which protects the heart and reduces the chances of arteries hardening. This can help to prevent more serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.
- Weight Loss: Replacing regular sugar with Stevia has many benefits to healthy weight loss. Not only does it increase energy and alertness, it has zero calorific value and zero glycaemic index (GI). It will help to curb sugar cravings and doesn’t spike the blood sugar like artificial and regular sweeteners.
- Dental Health: Stevia prevents cavities because it does not contain “fermentable carbohydrates”. When specific bacteria that are present in the mouth meet with fermentable carbohydrates such as sugars and starches, the bacteria metabolises these carbohydrates into organic acids which will begin the erosion of enamel.