Good news about Stevia, the #natural #sweetener!!!
Extracts from the leaf of the Stevia plant have been found to be high in #antioxidants that prevent the #DNA damage that leads to #cancer, says a new Indian study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (Researched at Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata). #Stevia #Rebaudiana is a South American shrub that grows in semi-arid areas of #Brazil and #Paraguay. The leaves of the plant have been used for decades as a sweetener, originally by the #Guarani people and more recently throughout #SouthAmerica and Asia.
Stevia is a powerful antioxidant
In the research on Stevia mentioned here, researchers found that it contains a number of antioxidants including #apigenin, #kaempferol and #quercitrin. The antioxidant activity of the extracts was tested by researchers who tested the extracts’ ability to protect DNA strands against damage by #hydroxide radicals. It only took 0.1 milligrams per liter of ethyl acetate extract to inhibit DNA strand damage. DNA damage has been linked to a variety of #diseases, especially #cancer,# reproductiveproblems and developmental defects. Halting DNA damage is also a key to longevity.
What is Stevia?
Since #refinedsugar is proved to be harmful, people are looking for healthy alternatives. There are many #low-calorie sweeteners on the market, but most of them are artificial. However, there are a few natural sweeteners out there that taste just as good. One of these is Stevia, a #sweetener that has become immensely popular in recent years. It is a 100% natural, #zerocalorie sweetener with a number of health benefits that have been confirmed in human studies.
In fact, Stevia has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. The two major sweet compounds found in stevia leaves are called #Stevioside and #Rebaudioside A. They are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar.
Apart from being a very natural tasting substitute for sugar, the other heath benefits of Stevia are as follows:
- It is 100% Natural
- It has no Calories
- It can lower Blood Pressure
- It may lower Blood Sugar Levels and help fight Diabetes.
Other health benefits include decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, diuretic and immunomodulatory effects. In fact, Stevia has proved to have an outstanding safety profile with no adverse effects in the human studies and in actual usage too.
How can you use Stevia?
Stevia can be used in many ways. You can add it to your smoothie, yogurt, tea, coffee and other beverages. It is also a good sugar substitute for baking. When you use stevia in recipes, keep in mind that it is incredibly potent. 1 teaspoon of stevia extract can have a similar sweetening power as a whole cup of sugar.
Stevia is safely consumed by millions of people around the world, with absolutely no adverse health effects. And compared to the dangers of #aspartame, #sucralose, #saccharin, and other chemical sweeteners, Stevia is by far the better choice. It is perhaps the only sweetener that is not just “not harmful,” but has actual health benefits.
Indeed, Stevia is truly the king of sweeteners!