Stevia plant more sweet in the world

It there is no better alternative to stevia sugar. Emblem of the fight against the power of agribusiness, this tropical plant is a prodigious sweetener, with numerous healing applications.
Stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar... and healthier


The tropics is a wonderful plant, stevia, the Guarani natives knew of ancient times, and that turns out to be 30 times sweeter than sugar itself but, and there is its enormous therapeutic potential, which seems to be exempt from the disadvantages arising from the consumption of sugar.
The brown sugar, which is undoubtedly more healthy processing, has the same content in polysaccharides that this, and chemicals sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame and others, has cast a shadow of doubt more or less justified. Indeed, today, and in the light of recent studies, any dietician, just informed that is, may recommend us stevia as the best choice to replace sugar, at least partially.
If you have a tendency to put on weight if you're diabetic or hypertensive, or if you can not pass without the lure of sweet tastes, this tropical plant can be helpful. It is imposed as the best valued alternative not only to sugar refined and comprehensive but also, and above all, to all those synthetic sweeteners that people used to determined that take less sweet components. Keep in mind that some countries, as in the case of the Japan, have come to prohibit any of these sweeteners, such as aspartame, and have replaced it with stevia; something will be.

Origin of stevia

Stevia comes from the South of the Brazil and Paraguay. Grows spontaneously in the cordillera de Amambay, the dividing line between these two countries, but in the past few years been cultivated extensively as a sweetener. Native peoples, the Guarani know it with the vernacular name of ka e I e, which means sweet grass in Spanish, and I have been using it since ancient times. One of its most popular uses is as a sweetener of the popular yerba mate, as it is well known is certainly a bitter. But they also used it as a healing herb, for stomach disorders, and in highly concentrated preparations, used to manage young women to promote their fertility.
The Stevia rebaudiana is a small shrub or high mata of just one meter of height of the composite family. Presents the opposite, lanceolate leaves (similar to a spear of iron), somewhat hairy touch, and tiny, white flowers, in Terminal inflorescences. Medicinal purposes harvested leaves, which with only rub between hands, give us their pervasive sweet fragrance.

Composition of stevia

Stevia contains essential oil with carvacrol, glycosides, stevioside and rebaudioside dulcoside, besides saponosides. Stevioside is considered up to 200 times sweeter than sucrose.
If plant powder are certainly sweet, extract, with 90% of these glycosides, is still much more, and you must dissolve it to be able to tolerate it. There is who does not accept its herbaceous and deep flavor to sweeten coffee, but if it goes well with tea and infusions.

Benefits of stevia

Stevia is a complete plant with an extensive list of health benefits derived from its qualities. Thus, shows a bactericide, antioxidant action, hypotensive, laxative, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, lowering and hypoglycemic. In addition, as a natural sweetener, it will be ideal to add to your tea, juices, milkshakes, cakes, etc. These are his main virtues:
· It is one of the best resources of herbalist to help diabetics. It has a mild but effective hypoglycemic effect . It can be integrated into the diet of a person with diabetes type II as an alternative to sugar, because it elevates the glucose tolerance and does not increase levels in blood.
· It has a antioxidant power comparable to the polyphenols that contain cocoa, green tea and other foods. It helps to strengthen the immune system and protect us from infections.
· It acts as a mild diuretic, which favors natural cleansing by urine, combat fluid retention and contributes to lower uric acid levels.
· It has a very effective antibacterial effect combating infections by certain bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
· Recommended as a support for people with hypertension, given that helps keep stress under control and is compatible with the medication.
· Stevia promotes intestinal transit, presents an osmotic laxative effect and prevents constipation. Relieves abdominal pain and swelling.
· As a substitute for sugar, it is a good idea to include it in the slimming diets.
· It is an excellent support for controlling cholesterol LDL naturally.
· It is credited with some anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect, in seasonal allergies, or those caused by dust and mites, but in this case you must associate it with other herbs that boost its action.

The stevia plant for a fair fight

In 2000, the European authority for food safety, known by the acronym EFSA, forbade the possession and sale of stevia, on the grounds that their safetywas not sufficiently proven. This ban was seen by his supporters as a clear chemical sweeteners industry to curb the influx of a natural substance that could put at risk its high levels of income with such sweeteners.
The claim by the legalization of the stevia lasted for about six or seven years, and deserved the attention of the General media. Some of their growers, as it is the case of the peasant of Balaguer Josep Pàmies, converted to stevia into an emblem of the struggle for food sovereignty. Today stevia can be purchased in any shop and dietetics Center, but also in supermarkets, because major brands have already rushed to integrate it into their sweetener product line. What was once taboo, has immediately passed to become object of his desire.

How to make stevia

Stevia leaves can take them fresh or dry, just chewed or well blended. The most common, of course, is take it in infusion, from dry leaves or powders, alone or in the company of other herbs. It combines very well with Mint, lemon verbena, Pennyroyal and thyme, among others.
Stevia powders They are taken as sweetener and hypoglycemic, at the rate of one teaspoon of dessert per glass of water. And, of course, is today well easy to find sweetener stevia extract steviosidefrom, as if it was saccharine.
The European's food safety authority (EFSA) recommends a maximum daily dose of 4 mg of stevia extract per kilogram of body weight, which means that an adult of approximately 70 kg of weight could consume up to 280 mg of stevia extract per day. For practical purposes, experts recommend that it can replace about 30 g of sugar consumption stevia a day, which would amount to about 2-3 tablespoons or about 10 coffee. These powders use you to make your cakes, puddings and cakes, rather than sugar, without fear to lose its taste.
Hypoglycemic infusion (for diabetics)
Combine leaves of stevia with pods of Jewish, copalchi and Mint, in equal parts. The contents of one tablespoon per cup of water. You hierves just two minutes, let stand 10 others, and strain it. You can take up to three glasses a day, without sweetening, is clear.

Stevia grown on your balcony

Josep Pàmies Payés sell stevia in bulk in your nursery of Balaguer, and so do other artisanal growers. In Paraguay we find important growers and numerous associations that promote it. Stevia tends to be one of the great stars of the fairs and contests in organic farming.
You can acquire a plant in pot and dare to plant it on your terrace or balcony, to ensure a supply of the best natural sweetener for you and yours. It is not a demanding plant, but support evil drought and frost; don't forget that it is a tropical plant.

Risks of abuse of sugar

Sweet flavors seduce people and sometimes make them lose control. There are many people that pass in front of a bakery or confectionery where sweet glow, emanate feel possessed by an irresistible impulse which forces them to enter and purchase without delay the various sweets that are sold there.
Sugar contains fructose and glucose, two carbohydrates that provide energy, and which have been essential in the evolutionary journey of our species. Our ancestors devoured with relish berries of the forest and fleshy fruits rich in polysaccharides, that were able to get a supply of life energy for their hard daily survival.
Currently, on the contrary, people don't face many challenges that require a great physical strength, beyond of the sporting challenges that are voluntarily autoimponga each, so it does not burn the excess calories consumed. Sweet presents in the form of tasty cakes, crispy rolls, candies, jams and sugary drinks that we Sate the thirst. And for them just to give a few coins in return.
The result of a systematic and excessive consumption of sugar is well known. Appear the kilos more, obesity and, eventually, diabetes and the risk of more or less serious vascular accidents.

Dangers of excessive consumption of sugar

-Weight gain, obesity.
-Lower absorption of calcium and magnesium.
-Ulcerative colitis.
-Increase of triglyceride in blood.
-Risk from lack of vitamin b complex
-Risk of vascular disease.
-Dental caries.
-Greater involvement of acne.
Translated for educational purposes.
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