All about the Stevia sugar substitute
What is Stevia?
Steviol glycoside is a calorie-free sweetener that is extracted from the stevia plant.
The stevia plant belongs to the chrysanthemum family and originates from the north east of Paraguay. Hundreds of years ago, the native inhabitants of Paraguay and Brazil recognised the strong sweetening power of the plant and since then have used the leaves to sweeten their food and drink. Stevia is also known as a honey herb in these countries because of its irresistible sweetness. Today, stevia is cultivated in large parts of the world, including South America, Asia and Australia, and has been approved as a calorie-free sugar substitute in many countries.
Superfood from South America
The natives of Paraguay and Brazil have known for a long time: The leaves of the stevia plant are great for sweetening drinks and food. For hundreds of years, they have been using the plant, which they know as the “honey herb”, for their teas and food. In 2008, the sweetener steviol glycoside was authorised by the Food Authority in Switzerland. Two years later SteviaSweet came onto the market and since then has enjoyed increasing popularity.
SteviaSweet offers these advantages
Unlike sugar, SteviaSweet does not contain any calories. A fact that can affect your body weight. If you only replace four to five teaspoons of sugar per day with SteviaSweet, you will save more than 500 calories per week. On a yearly basis that is 3 kilograms of body fat, which would have been produced by sugar alone. Stevia is not only great from a nutrient point of view. Unlike sugar, it doesn’t decay the teeth or increase the blood glucose level. So SteviaSweet is suitable for diabetics, vegans, those on a low carb diet and those who want to reduce their sugar consumption.
Is Stevia Healthy?
Steviol glycosides have been authorised in the EU since 2011. But is the natural sugar substitute really healthier than sugar? And are there any health side-effects? We take a closer look.
Cooking and baking with Stevia – how it works!
Are you unsure how and where to use stevia? First, familiarise yourself with the natural sweetener – we’ve put together a few key tips for you. Stevia has many advantages over sugar, for example stevia products are calorie-free and protect the teeth. More and more people are leaving the conventional sugar on the shelf.
Living without sugar
Is it possible to live completely without sugar? Stefanie, a nutritionist at Natural Health Coaching, helps us find out.
The per capita consumption of sugar in Australia and most other Western countries is many times higher than the World Health Organisation recommendation. We urgently need to reduce our sugar intake. But how harmful is sugar really? Are there healthy alternatives? And how do I use sugar substitute products?
The hidden poison in our food
The World Health Organization recommends a maximum intake of 25 g of sugar per day. However, many of us far exceed this amount, often without suspecting it. A wide variety of foods contain sugar and it is not always easy to identify in the list of ingredients. Would you like to know where you can find hidden sugar? We will show you the pitfalls and suitable alternatives that help you avoid a high sugar intake.
The low-carb diet
A low-carb diet means eating as few foods containing carbohydrates as possible. There is no clear definition of the term “low carb”. Countless types of low-carbohydrate diet have emerged since William Banting’s experiences were published. Here we give an overview of the various diets and make a few delicious menu suggestions that are suitable for a low-carb diet.
Clean eating: a recipe for a healthy diet?
We took a closer look at trend of clean eating and have compiled some insights and helpful tips, as well as some menu ideas.
Taking a closer look at detox programs
Whether a juice-fast, fasting in general, or a kombucha fast, the methods here all have one thing in common: they are believed to help the body detox. Other reasons for a detoxification program may include alleviating digestion issues, or losing weight, while many religions include a period of fasting firmly established at some point in the year. But what does a detox program really do and what do you have to be aware of?
What exactly is caries?
IWe all know that tooth decay occurs as a result of poor dental hygiene. But the word “caries” means more than just holes in our teeth. How can we protect our teeth?
From plant to product
Extracting the steviol glycoside sweetener from the stevia plant is no piece of cake. For this purpose, an elaborate process is necessary in which, in simple terms, the water is first removed from the leaves. The steviol glycosides are then purified and filtered. The crystallised and dried steviol glycosides are mixed with natural aromas. This is necessary because Stevia has a peculiar flavour, which some people find unpleasant. The mixture with natural aromas gives SteviaSweet its rounded, sugar-like taste.