Stevia is a safe nonglycemic sweetener can be sprinkled on fruit stirred into iced tea or coffee or used in baking instead of refined sugar. Approved by the FDA in 1996 as a food supplement rather than an additive it is often found in some commercial cookies cakes and other foods. Using Stevia home is matter of knowing the conversion. For example you can use six packs of stevia powder instead of ¼ cup of refined sugar. It is safe to consume from the package or in baked or cooked foods.
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What is Stevia?
Stevia is a natural sweetener that is approximately 250 times sweeter than white refined sugar (sugar). It has no calories or increase blood sugar levels making it a good option for people on weight-loss diets or those who are diabetic. Stevia is safe enough to consume directly by pouring on the tongue. For example you can sprinkle it over cut grapefruit or morning cereal or toast.
Stevia was named in the late 19th century by Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni who called the Stevia rebaudiani Bertoni to honor the Paraguayan chemist Rebaudi. The stevia plant is native to Paraguay.
Can I use Stevia in Baking?
Sites like Cooking with Stevia recommend 12 packets of powdered stevia corresponding u00BD cup white refined sugar. Start with a simple recipe like cookies muffins or pancakes. Most recipes for items like these would not call for more than u00BD cup white sugar starting with 12 packets of stevia. Adjust as needed.
Stevia for Diabetics and Dieters
According to a recent study published by Planta Medica injected rats with 1/2 g stevia showed improved glucose secretion.” This means that the liver is capable of releasing stored glucose to be used by the body for energy: a positive byproduct.
If you are dieting reduce the consumption of refined sugar and use stevia right. If you have any serious health problems and you are not sure if Stevia is appropriate for you consult a doctor or nutritionist.”