Thursday, May 22, 2008

What is Stevia?

Sweet Lucee commented a great account regarding the many health benefits of the stevia leaves: antioxidants, its uses as a sweetener, its effects on lowering blood pressure and many more. Her comment was very informative that it prompted me to write a post about it.

Below is an excerpt of her comment"

"What is Stevia?

Stevia is one of the most health restoring plants on earth. What whole leaf Stevia does both inside the body and on the skin is incredible. Native to Paraguay, it is a small green plant bearing leaves which have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Besides the intensely sweet glycosides (Steviosides, Rebaudiosides and a Dulcoside), various studies have found the leaf to contain proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, rutin (a flavonoid), true vitamin A, Vitamin C and an oil which contains 53 other constituents. Quality Stevia leaves and whole leaf concentrate are nutritious, natural dietary supplements offering numerous health benefits.

Stevia is the sweetener of the future...."

You can read the rest of her comment at Antioxidants Can Be Found in Stevia Leaves.

You can find more information on stevia at herbal green tea. It is one of its ingredient as a sweetener and for more antioxidant punch.

Antioxidants and Health