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Stevia sweetener is the best natural sugar substitute

The stevia sweetener has many healing purposes, but its main feature is the sweet taste that it provides. For generations, South American natives have used their beloved sweet leaf stevia as a natural sugar substitute for sweetening their beverages and meals.


Today, you can find several forms of stevia extract in natural food stores as a dietary supplement. Other natural sugar alternatives include Luo Han Guo and sugar alcohols such as Maltitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol and Erythritol, which are derived from fruit or other natural products, but have less disadvantages. 

I recommend you visit Andrew's site for further reading on these and other sugar substitutes.

Stevia sweetener in its raw form is 100% natural and derived from the stevia plant, which was discovered in Paraguay, and centuries later fully examined for the first time at the end of the 19th century by a Swiss botanist called Bertoni. 

The elements - otherwise called 'glycosides' - that give the plant its sweet taste, are called stevioside and rebaudioside A: the higher the percentage of these substances in the plant, the sweeter it will taste. 

Sunlight and warmth are the biggest factors in upping this percentage, which explains why the plant propagates so well in South America. If you are looking to grow stevia yourself through any number of ways, that is perhaps the most important factor to take into consideration.

stevia sweetenerUp to this point, stevia has always been a big thorn in the eye of the Food and Drug Administration and conglomerates producing sugar or aspartame. Because it is a natural product, stevia in its unaltered form can not be patented, and poses a serious potential threat to profits. Both Coca Cola (with Truvia) and Pepsi (with SoBe Lifewater and PureVia) are working on a range of soft drinks containing artificially altered stevia as you are reading this. 

There is an all-natural alternative for the big companies though: Zevia is a soda with stevia that's on the rise, and it has already received plenty of acclaim from both consumers and connaisseurs, despite being a new player on the market!

As opposed to the dangers of artificial sweeteners, you will find when browsing this site that stevia has been used for centuries in Paraguay as both a sweetener and a medicine for many ailments, including diabetes and obesity, since the stevia herb has no calories and no glycemic index. 


Stevia has been completely legal in Japan for over multiple decades and takes up almost 50% of the sweetener market there, being regarded as completely safe, as no reports of any negative side effects have been documented.


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