Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)
Natures Sweet Secret
Naturally sweet herb
No carb/no calories
Suitable for diabetics and low carb dieters
What is Stevia?
Stevia rebaudiana, is a small shrubby member of the Chrysantheum family, native to portions of Paraguay and Brazil. For several hundred years, Stevia leaves have been safely included in the diet of the natives to this region. It is widely used in South America, China, Japan and in many other parts of the world. In its natural form, Stevia leaves are approximately 10 to 15 times sweeter than white sugar. Modern research has shown that Stevia’s sweetness is a result of a complex glycoside molecule, Stevioside, composed of glucose, sophorose and steviol. Stevioside extracts are typically 200 to 300 times sweeter than white sugar.
What is Stevia used for?
Stevia has been used predominately as a sweetener.
Stevia also enhances the true flavours of foods.
Stevia may reduce tooth decay because it can inhibit plaque and cavities. Brushing with stevia can also control bleeding gums.
Stevia can be used as a gargle for sore throats and cold sores.
Stevia has been mixed with clay to form facial masques that is reportedly cleansing, healing, rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory.
Can Stevia replace other dietary sweeteners?
Stevia can be used in place of all sweeteners from sugar to honey to aspartame and it does not raise blood sugar levels. Some feel that it may even lower blood sugar; although this claim remains to be substantiated. Stevia offers none of the potentially harmful health effects, nor the empty calories of other sweeteners. Refined Stevia extracts are considered to be non-caloric. They are also suitable for cooking and baking, because they are extremely heat stable. Stevia does not caramelize, or crystallize like sugar, so it may not be suitable for a few applications.
What is the substitution factor for Stevia in place of common white sugar?
Liquid Stevia extract – recommeneded for sweetening hot and cold drinks. Can be substituted as follows: replace one teaspoon of sugar with approximately 2-3 drops of extract.
How is Stevia processed?
The Chinese scientist Tei-fu-chen perfected the extraction of stevia in the 1950s. He applied a non-chemical extraction method that had been recorded in the herbal manuscripts of the Chinese emperors. This method which is still the principle technique used this day, removes the green colour and the bitter aftertaste of the Stevia leaves.
Herbal Select is excited to announce a break through in scientific technology. We are now able to offer an even better tasting Stevia in our Herbal Select Stevia products. Look for our new packaging and enjoy the healthy, sweetness of Stevia.
Can Stevia be used by Diabetics?
Diabetes is a medical condition that should be monitored and treated by a qualified physician or health care practitioner. However, stevia can be part of a healthy diet for anyone with blood sugar problems, since it does not raise blood sugar levels.