Friday, May 30, 2008

Sweet Sweet Stevia

Stevia is a natural no calorie sweetener rich in antioxidants and low in glycemic levels. Stevia leaf is cultivated in the Amazon rainforest, specifically Paraguay and Brazil, and can be found in liquid or powder form. In Japan stevia is used to sweeten diet soda and other products.

Use stevia as a substitution for sugar (even brown or sugar in the raw) or sugar replacements (i.e., splenda, equal, sweet n low) which contain harmful chemicals. Stevia tastes very sweet and contains a high level of fiber, so keep in mind it's super potent and a little goes a long way. Use will help with cavity prevention along with maintaining a healthy blood sugar level plus aides in weight loss. You may purchase stevia at a health food store near you.