With the festivities kicking in, first Dussehra and Navratri, Diwali round the corner, and its only a matter of time before Christmas; the calories keep mounting!
Stevia is a bushy shrub that is part of the sunflower family.It is a natural, non-nutritive sweetener that contains little to no calories. Stevia leaf extract is a high-intensity sweetener that can be 200-350 times the sweetness of sugar.
Stevia has multiple benefits as well:
Weight management – For those looking to manage a healthy and balanced lifestyle, stevia is the perfect option because it has zero calories. One of the reasons why stevia leaf extract has zero calories is because of the way our body digests it because it is completely natural.
Blood insulin levels – As our body processes Stevia, the extract passes through our digestive tract without being broken down for calories unlike sugar, which during digestion is broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream. Because of this, it has negligible effects on blood sugar and insulin secretion.
Blood pressure – Studies suggest that stevia could potentially help lower blood pressure. The study states that the stevia plant may have cardiotonic actions that normalise blood pressure and regulate heartbeat.
Oral Health – Studies suggest that the extract in Stevia leads to a reduction in tooth decay, plaque and cavities and enhances tooth mineralization. It also helps reduce the formation of cavities that are usually formed by sugar.