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Stevia: Benefits, Reviews, Warnings?

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Stevia: Benefits, Reviews, Warnings?

What is Stevia rebaudiana
Stevia rebaudiana
It 'a small herbaceous perennial shrub of the chrysanthemum family, native to the mountains between Paraguay and Brazil.
He has an uncanny ability sweetener: in its natural form is about 10/15 times sweeter than regular table sugar.
In its most common form of white powder, extracted from the leaves of the plant gets to be 70 to 400 times sweeter than sugar, so it is the most powerful natural sweetener.
A single leaf fresh burst onto the palate after a few moments, a very strong feeling fresh, and remains in the end a slight licorice aftertaste.
the main features ...
does not cause diabetes
contains no calories
does not alter the level of sugar in the blood
no toxicity (as opposed to synthetic sweeteners)
having no sugar does not cause tooth decay and dental plaque
contains no artificial ingredients
can be used for cooking
medical uses hypothesized ...
diabetes, obesity, hyperactivity, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, indigestion;
decreasing the intoxication of the organism caused by refined sugar, probably benefits the skin;
that ...? ...... do not you know that refined sugar is a real poison?
as it satisfies the desire for sweet, almost always puts to rest the "psychological hunger" of carbohydrates (bread, pasta, etc..) and cakes;
primary satisfaction by providing a pleasant (sweet) is likely to decrease the needs of compulsive smoking and drinking alcohol.
to cultivate it in the house ...
It is beautiful, indeed ... But it is good, and this counts!
 
can be grown on balconies and in the garden
stands up well to the bright sunlight, and temperatures close to zero degrees
requires a lot of water, but should be avoided stagnation because they could cause root rot
the soil for potted plants should be a mixture of peat and black peat (ratio 60% and 40%), with the addition of an inert (pumice, expanded polystyrene crumbled etc ...) to allow for good drainage of the roots. The pH value should be somewhere around 6-7.
has a very fast growth and photosynthesis, therefore, a good natural fertilizer is almost indispensable avoided, however, if you can, to use chemical fertilizers.
we are interested in producing many large leaves, so we will have any emphasis on productivity, rather than beauty: a first pruning should be done when the seedlings have reached a height of 10-12 cm.
Later, when the plant is 50-60 cm high, cut the branches that affect, preferably between late spring and early autumn, during this period the plant is more prod} ttiva.
the collection of the branches leaving two nodes must be made ready for the next vegetation on the mother plant; the branches should be left to dry hanging in bunches, or on a network, or on a trellis of reeds in a ventilated and shaded until dry; then you can finely crumble the leaves using a normal kitchen mixer, and keep in a glass jar dry, airtight (like all the other herbs).
You will find more precise information on the site of the Horticultural Euganea (see the links)
we need to know that ...
during drying the fresh weight of the product is reduced to 1/5;
15 ml of the extract amounted to approximately 370 drops; Stevia leaves
15 ml of extract correspond to the sweetening power of about 1 kg of sugar;
a drop of Stevia extract is equivalent to about 3 grams of sugar;
1 teaspoon of sugar weighs about 2 gr., While pre-packed 1 teaspoon of sugar contains about 5 grams;
1 drop of stevia extract is equivalent to about 1.5 teaspoons of sugar, and 3 drops of stevia extract is almost equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar ...... to zero calories!

we try to do to us ...
Liquid extract of Stevia
The liquid extract is prepared by putting fresh or dried leaves of stevia in one liter of alcohol at 95 ° (or 100 grams of powder 350 grams of fresh leaves) and leave to macerate 12 days (powder) or 15 days (fresh leaves) ; just then filter the solution and adding water to dilute the alcohol in the proportion of half a liter of water per liter of alcohol in the case of powder and 1/3 of a liter of water in the case of the fresh leaves. To reduce the amount of alcohol then just heat the solution on a slow fire (without bringing it to a boil) so that the alcohol can evaporate (be careful that you do not ignite!). If you prefer, you can concentrate the solution by boiling in pleasure; so you can get to the consistency of syrup. To obtain an extract with sweetener capacity of approximately 70 times that of sugar must concentrate the solution described (starting with 1 liter of alcohol) to carry the weight of 200 grams, the equivalent of about 14 pounds of sugar.

Grappa Stevia
Ingredients: 1 liter of white grappa at 40 °, and about 50 leaves of Stevia
Place the bottle of brandy Stevia leaves and leave to infuse for 30 days. Strain and let stand brandy for another 30 days before drinking.

those who use stevia? and how?
the world's so-called "uncivilized" and little or no technological ...
Stevia is known by many people, in addition to its sweetening power, also for its medicinal properties and has been used by the Indians for its healing powers for hundreds of years.
the U.S. and the civilized world ...
It is officially approved use in 10 countries, including Japan, Brazil and Paraguay.
In the U.S. it can be sold as a dietary supplement but not as a sweetener or food additive.
In Japan it is used to produce the Diet Coke ®
It 'still generally used in soft drinks, chewing the gum, sweeteners such as tablets, syrups, and in pharmaceuticals.
in Italy and in Europe ...
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In 1999 the Commission on Food Additives of the WHO (World Healt Organization), and the Scientific Committee for Food of the European Union shall review the available data on stevioside and decides that it is not acceptable as a sweetener.
Subsequently, on February 22, 2000, the European Commission, following the opinions of the Scientific Committee for Food - SCF, confirming the earlier decision of 1999, decided that Stevia rebaudiana (dry extracts and plant) can not be placed on the Community market as food or as a simple ingredient.
we become aware of the fact that
our freedom of choice
was once again violated!

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