Stevia Sweetener is a product containing stevia leaves extract. The natural sweetness from the extract is 300 times sweeter than regular sugar. Clinical studies show STEVIA is suitable as substitute for regular sugar. Functioning as a natural sweetener, the study also shows this sweetener effectively lowering the level of diabetes, high blood pressure and weight loss in patients with obesity.
The Introduction of Stevia
Stevia is one of 150 species of herbs from a family of sunflowers (Astereacea). It was officially discovered in the 19th century by Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni. He renamed it as Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni as a tribute to the Paraguayan botanist. It is a plant originating from the tropical and sub-tropical South America and Central America. Types of stevia which has been widely used as a sweetener is from Rebaudiana species. It is also known as sweetleaf or sugarleaf or sweet herb. It is a herbal plant with a soft stem.
For planting, the type of medium used is porous so that no water will stagnate after being watered. It has oval shaped leaves, small and rough stem. In the optimum level, Stevia can reach a height of up to 1 metre or more. It also produces small white flowers.
The use of Stevia as a sweetener was discovered by Europeans in the 16th century. Since then it was used widely in Europe until brought to Asia. Even so, research on Stevia only began in the 19th century when researchers in Brazil heard a story that a piece of Stevia leaf can sweeten a bitter fruit and a cup of herbal tea. It has been studieded by a Paraguayan botanist named Moises S. Bertoni which later writing among the earliest articles about Stevia in the early 19th century.
The most unique feature of Stevia is that it is a natural sweetener with no calories. This feature has been of interest to researchers to carry out research. Toxic study found the main content that caused it sweet which is Steviosid does not contain toxic.
- -Balancing the body’s sugar content.
- -Lowering blood sugar for people with diabetes and hypoglycemia.
- -Urinate smoothly.
- -Increase the energy in the body.
- -For a smoother, brighten and younger looking skin.
- -Better and smoother digestive system.