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Stevia: Properties, Benefits, Side-effects?

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Stevia: Properties, Benefits, Side-effects?

Comes from the mountains of Brazil and Paraguay, has a capacity natural sweetener that is hundreds of times greater than that of sugar, contains no calories. This is the stevia plant a few months ago entered the market, the use of which has been admitted in Italy. Let's find out the sweet juice of its leaves!

The properties of stevia
The use of stevia and its derivatives was granted by the European Union (EU Regulation No. 1131/2011 of 11 November 2011). In Italy, since that date, has also triggered the go-ahead to its marketing. Here, then, appear in the windows of herbalists, pharmacies or online stores the new green leaf, also known internationally sweetleaf or sugarleaf form of each type of sweetener. But what are the properties of stevia? How do we know this shrub?

 

First of all, it is a small perennial plant, which belongs to the family Compositae or Asteraceae, comes from South America and has an enormous capacity sweetener. The active ingredients are stevioside, rebaudioside A, rebaudioside C, the dulcoside A. The plant is known sweetener like stevia rebaudiana, from Rebaudi, the discoverer of its sweetening properties. In nature have been described more than 150 species of stevia rebaudiana but is the only one to have important sweetening properties.

The active sweeteners are extracted mainly from the leaves dried and dehydrated skin. Depending on the mode of use may be more or less sweet: stevia leaves can be eaten either fresh or in powder form of the extract dried, a white powder, or liquid concentrate.

 

Stevia or other sweetening matter?
Stevia is therefore a new way to sweeten beverages and foods. Among the various possibilities more or less natural to brighten the palate, it can be counted as sweeteners already on the market, the various types of malt syrup, agave juice, grape or apple juice concentrate, honey, molasses, maple syrup or amasake.

 

Stevia, as opposed to sugar or other sweetening matter, however, has the advantage of not having any calories, do not raise the blood sugar level and to be usable even at high temperatures, so that they are also an excellent ingredient in the preparation of cakes and desserts, as well as for sweetening hot and cold drinks. In addition, stevia, having no sugar, does not contribute in the formation of plaque and tooth decay.

Putting in your mouth a little fresh leaf of stevia, after a while, there is a very strong and pleasant to the palate sweet feeling, what remains at the end is a very slight licorice aftertaste.

 

Stevia is also a medicine
The first signs of use of this plant dates back to the indigenous Guarani and Latin American curanderos who called Ka'a He'e (sweet grass) and is used to sweeten the bitter tea of Paraguay, the well-known mate, who chew or to make compresses on the skin. The properties of stevia were then quickly spread throughout South America.
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In medicine, stevia is also used today, especially for those suffering from blood sugar, for skin care (effective against acne, dehydration, wrinkles and skin blemishes) and in the treatment of hypertension. Given its properties, stevia may also be effective to cope with diabetes, overweight and other similar disorders associated with consumption of sugars. Are there any contraindications? It really does not seem to be many.

If stevia is taken in much higher doses than those used for sweetening, may cause hypotension, or low blood sugar.

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