Stevia… a substitute for Sugar? November 1, 2012 There has been a lot of hoopla the past few years about whether or not Stevia is a good substitute for sugar. Based upon medical research on Stevia and my own personal experience the answer is undoubtedly yes. I realize that eliminating sugar from ones diet completely is an unrealistic expectation. There are just too many foods that contain sugar in one form or another. However, when provided with a conscious choice I suggest you choose the healthier alternative; Stevia. I have been a Stevia convert for several years now. Let me explain why I like Stevia so much. Stevia comes from a small shrub that grows primarily in western North America and tropical regions in South America and is a genus of the Sunflower, Chrysanthemum family. Stevia extracts (called Steviosides) can be up to 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar with minimal, if that, effect on blood glucose. It is natural, safe, calorie free, carbohydrate free and curbs that sweet craving that you sometimes turn to sugar for without the sugar. No other sugar substitute that I know of does that. In my opinion having a little sugar in your diet is not that big a deal. On the flipside too much sugar in sufficiently large or excessive quantities in any form can promote weight gain. The best way to offset the possibility of gaining weight is by using a sugar substitute such as Stevia. Who knows you may even drop a few pounds. You won’t feel deprived because Stevia curbs the sugar urge. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry concluded that Stevia can be a rich source of antioxidants. Stevia has also shown to aid in managing diabetes. The key to managing the, out of control, epidemic of diabetes is in the control of blood sugar, or glucose levels. Controlling what you put into your body has a significant effect in regulating blood sugar levels. The latest research shows that carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels in the same way. It is not a sin to crave sweets. We all get that urge for something sweet once in a while. A practical solution, especially for diabetics, is to use calorie-free, carbohydrate-free sugar substitutes. Stevia does not affect blood pressure or increase the levels of blood sugar. The key benefit of Stevia is that it normalizes blood glucose levels. When you compare 2 teaspoons of natural Stevia to sugar here is how they stack up. Natural Stevia Sugar Calories 0 32 Net Carbs 0 8 g Glycemic Index 0 70 Now for the great news! The researchers at Promax are on top of it, which is why the new Promax low sugar (LS) bars contain only Stevia no sugar. This puts Promax bars in a category of its own. Promax LS bars are a truly natural, healthy bar and a great meal replacement. If I haven’t convinced you that Stevia is an awesome substitute for sugar yet I suggest you go out and try Stevia for yourself or better yet try a Promax LS bar? Comments are closed.