Sugar-sweetened beverages are often enjoyed by people from all over the world. In Asia, bubble milk tea is a well-loved beverage that is usually consumed on-the-go. Unfortunately, as delicious as bubble tea is, it is heavily loaded with sugar, which may increase the risk of getting diabetes and other chronic conditions ranging from obesity to cardiovascular disease.
Since taking excessive sugar can cause health problems, how do we reduce or even eliminate the use of sugar, given that it is commonly used in food and drinks?
Stevia: A Healthier Alternative to Sugar
Have you heard of stevia? It is a natural sweetener derived from the leaves of stevia rebaudiana, a plant native to Brazil and Paraguay. It is estimated to be between 200 and 400 times sweeter than sugar. The best part is, it’s a zero-calorie sweetener! Hence, wellness advocates often use it as a substitute for sugar.
Let’s take a look at four amazing health benefits to using stevia instead of sugar.
1. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Studies have shown that consuming stevia helps to regulate blood sugar levels. It may aid in enhancing digestive, pancreatic, spleen, and stomach functions, as well as promote vitality and clarity of mind. This sugar alternative certainly conforms to the modern person’s pursuit of a healthy diet, consisting of calorie-free, sugar-free, carbohydrate-free, and fat-free foods.
2. Safe Sugar Substitute for Diabetics
Stevia may be a safer way to help manage patients with Type 2 Diabetes. The sugar intake of diabetic patients needs to be strictly controlled, otherwise, it could be life-threatening if their blood sugar level is too high. As such, it could be a suitable sugar replacement for diabetics, but bear in mind that you should consume this sweetened option in moderation, as with all other foods.
3. Aids Weight Loss
Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages on a regular basis is likely to lead to obesity. Not only is sugar loaded with calories, it may increase one’s appetite and reduce satiety. In fact, most of us with a sweet tooth put on extra pounds unknowingly, due to increased sugar intake. Stevia, on the other hand, is estimated to be about 200 to 400 times sweeter than sugar, calorie-free, and does not increase our blood pressure or blood sugar levels. For those who are looking to lose weight, this ingredient is definitely a viable alternative to sugar.
4. Prevents Tooth Decay and Protects Gums
Refined sugar can damage gums and cause tooth decay, while stevia may improve your oral health. Studies have found that consuming stevia can help reduce bacteria in your mouth. These extracts can even be used in a variety of mouthwash and toothpaste. Since stevia can help to prevent tooth decay, it is also a good way to reduce the risk of Gingivitis and other oral diseases, usually caused by sucrose or refined sugar.
SunnyDew®: A Natural Flavor Enhancer
The main ingredient in SunnyDew® is stevia, an herb indigenous to South America and used by its inhabitants for centuries as a dietary supplement. This all-natural flavor enhancer undergoes a unique purifying and concentration process that preserves the plant’s natural structure in its whole-food form. Free of sugar, carbs, and calories, SunnyDew® makes it possible to satisfy sweet cravings without derailing a healthy diet. Use it daily to add flavor to drinks and food, and support a healthy lifestyle. It is also rich in antioxidants, without added chemicals, or preservatives.
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