A Natural Sugar Substitute
Most of us have tried stevia-flavored drinks, or at least heard of stevia as a sugar substitute. But how many of us are aware of the super-potent health benefits of the herb?
Obviously I am, seeing as I’m writing about it, but that is a very recent installment. In the past- before I knew much about it- I would mentally compare “stevia” to “Splenda”; as having a slightly unpleasant overly-sweet taste.
After a time, I learned about the potentially dangerous health hazards and chemical ingredients that Splenda contains; while stevia, on the other hand, is completely natural- the leaves and flowers of a plant! Don’t get me wrong- your standard stevia packets often contain a lot of junk and, shockingly, artificial fillers- and even more shockingly but more disturbingly, very little actual stevia. I’ve found this to be the case with many products; falsely leading consumers to buy and ingest “food” that is not really food.
So, what are these amazing health benefits? Stevia is known to reduce the side-effects of high blood sugar (i.e. diabetes), and actually lower one’s risk of developing the disease in the first place. As there is a largely unknown correlation between Friedreich’s Ataxia (my disease) and Type II Diabetes, I’ve become slightly obsessed with putting stevia in everything.
It doesn’t end there! Stevia is also great for weight loss; largely for the blood sugar-regulating effects that are mentioned above. I believe that when a body's blood-sugar, metabolism, and other vitals are in check, great health is achieveable. For any further reading on my conclusions, please feel free to follow the links I've provided.
Where can I Buy Some?
When you go to buy your stevia, go for the pure kind, not the filler-riddled packets. I have not sampled a huge variety of stevia brands by any means- I’ve only tried it here and there, and bought one 4 oz. bag so far (the obsession is recent), but I must say, I am extremely satisfied with this bag.
Now, stevia is an herb that grows best in humid climates- for that reason, this company sources its herb from China or Argentina (depending on production/availability). One may ask, "How in God's name is anything potentially grown in China 'Certified Organic'? How would those quality standards be regulated in such a polluted and unreliable environment?" Through my digging, I