A SAFE NATURAL
Beneficial effects of using Stevia:
If you are like most South Africans, you will never have heard of Stevia. Stevia is made from the leaves of a small shrub found primarily in China and indigenous to South America. It is a natural food supplement that is 30 - 100 times sweeter than cane sugar. It has been used for its medicinal effects and natural sweetness in Paraguay for 1500 years. It has been used similarly in Japan for the last two decades and has recently become popular in the US as an all-natural, healthy sweetener. Its popularity has brought it under the magnifying glass.
There have been no medical reports and very little adverse reaction reported from the use of Stevia, in all the counties in which it has been used. Numerous studies have been performed in Japan and in the US regarding its effects on cell membranes, enzymes systems and cancer - no negative effects have ever been discovered. Stevia is used in hundreds of food products and is widely cultivated in China, Taiwan and other Eastern countries.
Stevia has been traditionally used as a sweetener, for medicinal purposes and as a herbal tea.
COMPARISON'S BETWEEN NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
There is a lot of controversy as to the need for artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately artificial sweeteners pose a health risk. According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine artificial sweeteners cause:
WHAT TO DO ABOUT YOUR SWEET TOOTH?
Stevia may provide an answer. It has been used for 1500 years as a sweetener, herbal tea and as a medicine. It is also used for the treatment of Diabetes in Paraguay and Brazil. (South African Journal of Natural Medicine).
Stevia is a natural sugar-free herbal sweetener. It is a tasty, healthy alternative for individuals who choose not to use sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Four (4) to six (6) drops are equivalent to one teaspoon of sugar. Also suitable for baking.
WHO WOULD USE STEVIA?
TRADITIONAL STEVIA USES:
THROUGH RESEARCH THE FOLLOWING HEALTH BENEFITS HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL BREAKDOWN OF STEVIA?
Cross-Allergenicity: Theoretically, Stevia may cause allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to Asteraceae / Compositae family plants. Members of this family include Ragwee, Chrysanthemums, Marigolds and Daisies. No cases have been reported or documented thus far. Besides the rare possibilities of an allergy, there have been no adverse reports on Stevia.
INTERACTION WITH DRUGS:
Theoretically, Stevia enhances blood glucose control, requiring a lowering in and dosage adjustment of Diabetes drug therapy in Type 2 Diabetes
Stevia reduces blood pressure and blood pressure readings and therefore requires an adjustment in Hypertensive Drugs.
STEVIA IS SWEET, SAFE AND INEXPENSIVE. USE IT.
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