Stevia, the alternative to sugar?
We see it popping up increasingly in many products stevia. We now know that refined granulated sugar is simply bad and processed in the most diverse products. The attention is given to, more and more producers seek alternatives to their products. Stevia is one such alternative, but is it a good alternative to sugar?
Origin of stevia
The stevia plant, Stevia and a full race from the sunflower family, is a very powerful sweetener from South America. There are more than 200 species. It is in South America for hundreds of years as a sweetener (for example, creates a leaf in the tea for sweetness). It is 200 to 300 times as powerful as known to us refined sugar. However, it took until 2011 before it could be applied throughout the European Union. Stevia used in Europe comes from Brazil and Paraguay.
Is stevia always good?
Or stevia is always good, can be answered with a denial. Stevia is seen as a good replacement for the familiar refined sugar. However, the application of stevia – also in the form of a sweetening agent such as E-number (E960) are processed – is not unlimited regarding intake.
If your daily larger quantities of stevia works inside (all more than 4 mg per kilogram of body weight is too much), then this can work quite laxative. In practice, for example, say that you do not have three liters of diet soda with stevia each day to work inside.
If you take a starting sugar than cola example, normally contains 9 grams of sugar per 100 ml. Cola with stevia will replace about 3 to 4 grams of sugar per 100 mg.
Stevia is stable when heated and can be used in cooking and baking. It can be found in products such as:
- Soft drinks and fruit drinks
- Yogurt Products
- Chocolate, gum and candy in general
- Div. (Sweet) desserts
- All kinds of sugar substitutes
- Soups, sauces, and dressings
But you have the plant in the house, and you see the plant more often in the organic corner of the garden center, you can use it just fine. These include a cup of tea with sweetness (one or two leaves is sufficient). But also a fresh salad or ground in a homemade sauce.
Products sweetened with stevia, also often contain refined crystal sugar (1/3 stevia sugar 2/3). This has to do with the fact that only stevia in a product (as a sweetener) will give a slightly bitter aftertaste. Too much stevia product, this flavor can dominate. On average, a product with stevia will, therefore, contain more than 30% fewer calories (because, unfortunately, is in even ordinary sugar).
Stevia itself does not contain calories, but most products where it is so. It remains useful to look at the packaging on how many calories you total to each product.
It does not seem to apply to all products. There are indications that for instance in soft drinks using stevia can be misleading. The body seems to think too face in soft drinks with sugar and anticipates to expect an increase in the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin. Since this is not going to happen with stevia, then can lead to a feeling of hunger. Although absence concretes scientific research, there are several health websites that write about here really.
Even with stevia to work
Besides the petal in the tea, you can use it in many ways. Do the following:
- Rinse the leaves of the plant thoroughly under running water (to remove the dirt).
- Allow to dry the leaves and then fold it as fine as possible.
- The clean crushed stevia again even weeks (in preparation for the drying process).
- The substance may then be dried and then to be applied.
Like all this is too much work, then it is in the organic store usually for sale in liquid or powder form. Since it is much sweeter than refined sugar, it makes sense to be cautious about the quantities of a product. Try yourself from what you experience as pleasant.
Is it saving?
Stevia is an excellent replacement for sugar as we know it, but it is not obvious that a product with Stevia also is healthy. Products with stevia contain fewer calories, but it is still useful to see where your terms of total calories come from. Adjust the (also fresh) with reason, and it may be a good replacement for refined sugars.