5 things you didn’t know about Stevia

A healthy diet and lifestyle have become a must in today’s time. People are becoming more and more aware of what’s good and harmful for them, as they should. We at poSHn strive to spread knowledge about the ingredients we use in our superjuices and our reasons for doing so; one of the key ingredients being Stevia.
Stevia is a herb that was originally found in Brazil and Paraguay but now is also grown in Japan and China. It is considered a non-nutritive sweetener, meaning it is almost free of calories. Stevia has been used to sweeten beverages since the 16th century. It is used in poSHn functional superjuices as an alternative to sugar for one and one reason only: the health benefits. Here are some other things you didn’t know about Stevia:

  1. Stevia helps keep blood sugar levels in check

    It has been proven that Stevia as a sweetener does not add calories or carbohydrates to the diet. This acts in the favour of diabetics who can enjoy these juices without any health related tensions. In another study, subjects with type 2 diabetes reported that Stevia triggered significant reduction in blood glucose and glucagon response after a meal. Thus, Stevia not only preserves your health but also adds to it.

  2. Stevia lowers total cholesterol

    It has been proven that Stevia as a sweetener does not add calories or carbohydrates to the diet. This acts in the favour of diabetics who can enjoy these juices without any health related tensions. In another study, subjects with type 2 diabetes reported that Stevia triggered significant reduction in blood glucose and glucagon response after a meal. Thus, Stevia not only preserves your health but also adds to it.

  3. Stevia helps fight or prevent certain types of cancers

    There is some evidence to suggest that Stevia might help speed up the death of cancer cells in the body or prevent certain types of cancer and thus might be the future of cancer related studies. Stevia contains certain antioxidant compounds that can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by 23%. Stevioside, a compound found in stevia leaves might also help decrease some mitochondrial pathways that help cancer grow.

  4. Stevia has no side effects

    Around the world, Stevia is used as an ingredient in more than 5000 different products. Though there is certain debate related to the ill effects or side effects of Stevia, there are, as of now, no proven side effects to the use of Stevia. Safety studies have marked the use of stevia extract as free of side effects. Research has also shown that stevia extract can be consumed by pregnant women worry-free.

  5. Unlike sugar, stevia is used in small quantities

    Stevia is about 200 to 300 times sweeter than sucrose or normal table sugar and thus is required in much smaller quantities compared to sugar. When you check the sugar to stevia ratio charts, you will find that one teaspoon of Stevia equals to 8 teaspoons of sugar. Not only that, Stevia compared to sugar helps reduce the Glycemic Index (GI) of food, meaning that they affect blood sugar level to a much lesser extent.

Thus, it is safe to conclude that Stevia largely adds to the health benefits of poSHn functional superjuices and is undeniably beneficial for all consumers.

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