This all natural sweetener from the Stevia plant could be a breakthrough to great health benefits in the future. With no known side effects and 300 times sweeter than sucrose, sugar…. it’s just a matter of time before the food and beverage industry will switch over to a safe all natural product. Of course it’s more expensive than sugars and artificial sweeteners….but what price in pre-mature deaths must society pay huge corporations and their lobbyists before we have a call for action for healthy products.
What is Stevia? Stevia is of the Composite family, related to lettuce, marigold and chicory. It was “Officially” discovered in the late 19th century by Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni. He was given samples of the plant and he reported that “one small piece of the leaf will keep the mouth sweet for an hour”. He named the plant Stevia Rebuadiani Bertoni in honor of a Paraguayan chemist name Rebaudi. Bertoni found that the Guarani Indians had been using the leaves of the plant to sweeten bitter teas and as a sweet treat.
The Guarani Indians had known for centuries about the unique advantages of kaa he-he (a native term which translates as “sweet herb”) — long before the invaders from the Old World were lured by the treasures of the New. These native people knew the leaves of the wild stevia shrub (a perennial indigenous to the Amambay Mountain region) to have a sweetening power unlike anything else; they commonly used the leaves to enhance the taste of bitter mate (a tea-like beverage) and medicinal potions, or simply chewed them for their sweet taste. The widespread native use of stevia was chronicled by the Spaniards in historical documents preserved in the Paraguayan National Archives in Asuncion. Historians noted that indigenous peoples had been sweetening herbal teas with stevia leaves “since ancient times.” In due course, it was introduced to settlers. By the 1800s, daily stevia consumption had become well entrenched throughout the region — not just in Paraguay, but also in neighboring Brazil and Argentina.
What are the benefits of Using Stevia? Studies have shown the following benefits from using Stevia in one’s diet. These benefits have not been approved or confirmed by the FDA.
* Sugarless with no calories
* Will not effect blood sugar levels like sugar does.
* 100% Natural
* 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar
* Heat stable to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit)
* Flavor enhancer
* Plaque retardant Anti-caries (prevents cavities)
* Recommended for diabetics
* Non-toxic Extensively tested in animals and Extensively used by humans with no adverse effects.
So there you have it! If truly want to make a difference in your longevity…. consider eliminating most processed sugars and switch to a natural herb sweetener Stevia! Even though this product has been available for many years they have had a hard time getting complete acceptance in America because of paid lobbyists and red tape. Japan has been using Stevia for years, and Europe just approved stevia for use in all of their food and beverage products. Stevia is being marketed and manufactured in the United States by:OnlySweet™ at an FDA approved blending facility. Only Sweet is an all natural, zero calorie, sweetener comprised of three natural ingredients, including stevioside. Sunwin sells OnlySweet™ to health food retailers, national and regional grocery chains in the U.S. For more information on OnlySweet™ visit http://www.onlysweet.com.
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QUOTE: Foods high in bad fats, sugar and chemicals are directly linked to many negative emotions, whereas whole, natural foods rich in nutrients – foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes – contribute to greater energy and positive emotions. —Marilu Henner
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: How much sugar does the average American consume each year?
One hundred and fifty-six pounds. That’s how much added sugar Americans consume each year on a per capita basis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Imagine it: 31 five-pound bags for each of us.
That’s not to say that we get most of the sugar in our diets directly from the sugar bowl. Only about 29 pounds of it comes as traditional sugar, or sucrose, according to The Sugar Association, a trade group of sugar manufacturers. The rest comes from foods and beverages. The biggest culprits for the glut of sugar? Soft drinks by far, followed by candy, cakes, cookies and pies. With about 8 teaspoons of added sugar to a regular 12-ounce soft drink… This amount of sugar will put most women over the recommended daily limit.
Eliminating sugar won’t be easy, but here ‘s a great tip instead of ordering the colas, sugared iced teas, sugared coffees and power drinks …simply order a house glass of water with a lemon wedge.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Dr’s visits, hyperactivity, many modern diseases caused by high use of processed sugars which are almost in every food processed. Processed sugar is even the secret ingredient in McDonald’s french fries.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eliminate white processed sugars and artificial sweeteners and switch over to brown sugar, natural honey, and the natural herb sweeteners like stevia, which you can order online or get in speciality health food stores.
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