Stevia: the new and natural sweetener

Nowadays, light products have become an indispensable part of the supermarket shelves. These light products are often sweetened with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin. Research has shown that these sweeteners are not very good for your body if taken regularly. There is now a new sweetener on the market: stevia. According to the discoverers, stevia is 100% natural.

Sweeteners

As mentioned in the introduction, diet products are often sweetened with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin. Most diet products contain aspartame (for example lemonade syrup, double drink, yoghurt, cottage cheese, cake, chewing gum, vitamin pills, toothpaste) or saccharin. Research has shown that aspartame can cause damage in even small amounts. It can cause headaches and in severe cases it is itself carcinogenic. The light products are not that good for our body; they are artificial and chemical additives that do more harm to our body than good.

Stevia

Stevia comes from the stevia plant. It is an herb-like plant that grows in Paraguay. In the past, Indians used the leaves of the stevia plant to sweeten their tea and food. As mentioned, the sweet taste comes from the leaves. The sweetness of the stevia plant is 30 to 45 times sweeter than regular sugar; therefore you need a much smaller amount. The stevia plant is grown on plantations in, for example, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Thailand, China and Israel.

Stevia products

You can order all kinds of stevia products via the internet, such as sweeteners, liquid sweetener, chocolate, toothpaste, loose leaves, dried leaves, stevia extract, shampoo, etc. Stevia can also be found in the supermarket; Canderel has a new packaging with sweetener that contains stevia.

Advantages

Stevia is a natural product and in that sense is healthier than artificially processed additives in food products. In addition, it can also have a positive effect on the body. One of the features that research has shown is that it stimulates and improves the activity of the pancreas. In addition, stevia ensures a better blood sugar balance and supports obesity. Compared to sugar, it also prevents dental caries because stevia has little or no effect on the teeth.

Cons

Stevia is still a relatively new product in the Netherlands. In any case, it is a product that is 100% natural, but it is not yet known what the consequences of a high dosage can be. for example, this is clearer with aspartame and saccharin; it can be carcinogenic, it can have a laxative effect, etc. Another disadvantage is the price; the price of stevia sweetener is generally a lot higher than the better known and more easily available sweetener variants.

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