Most of us know that sugar is bad for us ergo why so many of us seek alternative ways to still consume the sweet treat, only with less sugar. Well if you are struggling to find healthy alternatives to sugar, check out this article here which lists all the alternative sugars available to you to use.
When I decided to change my diet, cutting out sugar was my first step and the solution to nearly all my sugar problems was and still is Liquid Stevia.
THE SKINNY ON STEVIA
What is it?
Stevia is a natural sweetener that comes from a South American herb. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, stevia contains extracts that have been found to be high in antioxidants that prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer. BONUS!
What’s so good about it?
Here are some little known facts about stevia;
1. It contains no calories
2. It contains no carbs
3. It has no effect on blood sugar making it safe for diabetics
4. It’s good for the digestive system and can be used by people suffering with candida
5. It inhibits the growth of bacteria
6. It can help suppress sugar cravings
7. It is thought to help lower blood pressure
8. It contains potent antioxidants that counter free radicals and reduces chances of developing cancer & other chronic illnesses in the future
TYPES OF STEVIA
1. Fresh stevia leaves – the most natural & unrefined unprocessed state. A leaf picked from a stevia plant and chewed will provide an extremely sweet taste sensation reminiscent of licorice that lasts for some time.
2. Dried leaves – much sweeter than fresh leaves. Normally powdered and green in colour.
3. Liquid Stevia – there are a few different forms; a syrupy black liquid (that results from boiling the leaves in water); another type is made by steeping stevia leaves in distilled water or a mix of water and grain alcohol. You can also find a liquid made from the white powder concentrate mixed with water, and preserved with grapefruit seed extract.
Stevia is approximately 25-50 times sweeter than conventional sugar but a whole lot healthier and safer for people not wanting to overload on sugar. I must admit, I REALLY dislike the green powder because it has an aftertaste and smells weird so I stopped using that the day I bought it and converted to alcohol-free liquid stevia which I sell in my store here.
HOW I USE STEVIA
Where I have used dates or raisins for a cake or dessert I’m making, I will add a drop or two of stevia if I need to make it sweeter, without increasing the glycaemic load (ie. the amount of sugar in the bloodstream after eating).
Do you use stevia? Tell me in the comments below why you would like to try stevia.
3 medjool dates
2 tbl carob powder
1 tsp stevia
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. For creamier pudding, add some nut milk. For a thicker mousse, try adding nut butter. NOTE: You need soft squishy dates for this so if your dates are hard, soak them in warm water anywhere from 20mins to overnight.
HEALTH TIP: Carob powder is rich in Vitamin C and makes a fantastic substitute for cacao as it contains no caffeine or stimulative properties. Medicinally, carob is used for digestion problems including diarrhea, heartburn, and the intestine’s inability to properly absorb certain nutrients from food. Other uses of carob include treatment for obesity, vomiting during pregnancy and high cholesterol.