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Health Benefits Of Pure Green Stevia

Most commercial sugar substitutes are unhealthy and 
most are downright toxic. 
There is a healthy alternative to sugar!

Stevia is an outstanding, sweet tasting herb that has remarkable health promoting qualities.

The sweetness of Stevia is largely due to its complex stevioside molecule that is composed of glucose, sophorose and steviol.

A second compound called rebaudioside, which is present in Stevia, also contributes to Stevia's sweetness. Stevioside is generally 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.

Stevia has a taste that is unique and has been described as very sweet with a slight licorice, almost bitter aftertaste. Generally, high quality Stevia contains very little of this bitterness.

The sweetness of Stevia is much different than the sweetness of other natural sweeteners, sugar, or artificial sweeteners, but it is delicious.

For some people the taste may require some "getting used to," but most people quickly develop a taste for it.

Reap the benefits of stevia not only for its sweet flavor but it's incredible medicinal uses:
-Weight Loss
-Prevents Cavities
-Regulates blood sugar levels
-Regulates blood pressure
-Relieves cuts and skin ailments

The herb is nutrient rich, containing substantial amounts of protein, calcium, and phosphorous, as well as sodium, magnesium, zinc, rutin, vitamin A, vitamin C, and over 100 phytonutrients.

Stevia is a helpful aid in weight loss due to the fact that it contains no sugar, no calories and has been shown to reduce craving for sweets and fatty foods.

People have reported that consuming whole leaf Stevia (green) 20 minutes before meals diminished hunger sensations.

People consuming Stevia in teas have experienced a reduction in their desire for tobacco and alcoholic beverages. Because it contains no sugar and will not feed yeast, those who are dealing with candida can use it freely.

The herb normalizes blood sugar levels and therefore promotes a consistent energy flow, unlike sugar, which causes a rapid peak in blood sugar followed by a crash then a craving for more sugar. Stevia has been used successfully by diabetics and those suffering from hypoglycemia and it has been prescribed by physicians in Paraguay in the treatment of both conditions and for high blood pressure as well.

It is interesting that Stevia doesn't effect normal blood sugar levels or normal blood pressure.

The Hiroshima University School of Dentistry and the Purdue University's dental research group have both researched Stevia and found it to retard plaque accumulation on the teeth and suppress bacterial growth that causes cavities.

Many individuals have experienced improved dental health when they have included Stevia in their brushing routine, by adding the powder to their toothpaste and diluting it in water as a daily mouthwash.

Topically, Stevia has excellent healing capabilities. If placed on a cut or scrape, it stings initially followed by a significant reduction in pain and accelerated healing with no scarring.

Whole leaf Stevia can be used as a facial mask by smoothing a dark brewed tea over the entire face, allowing it to dry for 30-60 minutes, then rinsing. This will help tighten the skin, smooth out wrinkles and heal skin blemishes and acne. This has been reported to be effective when used on seborrhea, dermatitis and eczema, as well.

Stevia is also beneficial for the hair and scalp; good results have been obtained by adding Stevia concentrate to shampoo, and also applying concentrate to the hair after shampooing, allowing it to remain on the hair for a few minutes, then rinsing.

Culinary Uses

As a sweetener and flavor enhancer, Stevia is very useful for baking and cooking because it is heat stable to 392° Fahrenheit and will not degrade. It is also excellent in smoothies, tea, breakfast grains, or sprinkled on vegetables and salads. It does have some limitations and baking and cooking with these various forms may require some experimentation to determine which forms and amounts suit your taste and recipes.

Because Stevia contains no sugar it cannot be used effectively in yeast breads, as they require sugar in some form, to activate the yeast and Stevia won't caramelize so can't be used for meringues Obviously because Stevia is so much sweeter than sugar, much less of it is required in recipes.

Below is a conversion table to help in determining the proper amounts, followed by a couple recipes.

Granulated Sugar

Whole Stevia leaf powder
1 Tablespoon 3/8 teaspoon
1/4 cup 1 1/2 teaspoon
1/2 cup 1 Tablespoon
1 cup 2 Tablespoon

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