Vitabase Stevia Extract Liquid -- 2 fl. oz.
- Vitabase Stevia Extract Liquid provides calorie-free alternative to sugar.
- Is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
- Is useful to those seeking to control blood-sugar levels.
- Is suitable for use in cooking.
- Does not cause tooth decay, a well-known and unwanted side effect of sugar.
Stevia is a Natural Unprocessed Sweetener That's 300 Times Sweeter Than Sugar
Stevia is extracted from the herbaceous perennialStevia rebaudiana. Stevia is native to the rainforest areas of Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and Paraguay. The indigenous people of Paraguay, known as the Guarani, have used the stevia leaf as a natural sweetener for around 2,000 years. They also use stevia as a way to disguise the taste of unpalatable medicines. European colonists followed the same practices as they settled throughout South America in the 1700's and 1800's.
Two compounds which are responsible for the intense sweetness of stevia are stevioside and rebaudioside. These two compounds are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. For this reason stevia is a healthy and valuable alternative to not only sugar, but also to artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Nutrasweet) and saccharin. Stevia has been used extensively in Japan since the 1970's, where consumers used stevia as a way to avoid consuming chemicals in their diets.
Stevia extract has become so popular in the Asian market, that it accounts for 40% of the nonsugar sweetener market in Japan. Stevia has now also become popular in countries such as Israel, Korea, Thailand, and China.
Stevia is Not Just An All-Natural Sweetener
Aside from stevia's evident use as a way to lower sugar intake and control weight, it may also be useful in helping to maintain healthy blood-sugar levels. Stevia contains no calories, nor will your body handle it as it handles a carbohydrate like sugar. Therefore, stevia is of immense value in assisting with weight management.
Stevia's ability to remain stable when exposed to heat, makes it a great alternative to sugar for cooking. Since stevia contains no sugar, it also does not cause tooth decay, which is a well-known and undesired side effect of sugar.
Since people have started consuming stevia, there have been no reported side-effects. On the other hand, artificial sugar substitutes like aspartame, account for large numbers of food complaints just in the United States.
You can buy stevia in two different forms, either in a concentrated powder or a liquid extract. Stevia is commonly added to foods like ice cream, chewing gum, cookies, tea, and even skin-care products.
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Stevia Leaf Extract (Stevia rebaudiana) (Standardized to 90%(38.7mg) steviosides)||43 mg|