Stevia extract is derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. This plant contains ingredients steviol glycosides, sweeteners are processed from the leaves, which have been used as a sweetener for years in South America and Asia. It’s like, 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Arguably, a small pinch of stevia powder is equivalent to about a teaspoon of granulated sugar.
Despite the sweetness of many times, stevia contains almost no calories. When consumed, stevia will be broken down into steviol and absorbed by the body. But the body wouldn’t keep steviol, but throw it away quickly in the form of urine and feces.
If you suffer from diabetes, do not worry. Stevia is suspected can help keep blood sugar levels remained under control. According to research on diabetes patients 12 and 19 healthy people, found that stevia is allegedly capable of lowering the levels of glucose and insulin levels significantly. And despite the low content of calories, stevia can still make us feel full and satisfied after a meal.
Some other research suggests, taking 1000 mg of stevia leaf extract containing stevioside levels as much as 91% daily allegedly can reduce blood sugar levels after a meal of 18% in people with type 2 diabetes.
Although the research will be the use of stevia in blood sugar control still requires further study and proof, however, stevia is also thought to have antioxidant properties and antidiabetic, so being able to fight free radicals, improves glucose tolerance significantly, increasing the production of insulin, and work to stabilize blood sugar levels, and lowers the risk of complications in people with type 2 diabetes.
Stevia can be a substitute for granulated sugar and mixed into the coffee, tea, water, juice, lemonade, smoothies or yogurt without taste. In addition, stevia can also be used to make a cake or Kukis, just that it is likely to leave a bitter aftertaste sensation are consumed.
However, although naturally, do not carelessly let alone redundant in consuming stevia. Recommended for consuming stevia as much as 4 mg/kg of body weight. That is, if your weight 50 kg, not consuming stevia over 200 mg per day. Note also the sugar intake from food or drink that does not contain stevia.
Sugar is indeed urgently needed by the body as a primary energy source. But, too much sugar is thus not good for health and can cause a variety of ailments, including diabetes. Therefore, it is recommended to reduce and limit the consumption of sugar every day to maintain balance glucose levels in the blood. It applies to anyone, especially for patients with diabetes.
In controlling blood sugar levels, pay close attention from various aspects took, it is advisable to always keep a healthy life pattern by keeping the intake of nutritious vegetables in a balanced way, controlling the consumption of sugar daily, suffice the needs rest and fluids, as well as work out routinely and regularly. Remember, the use of stevia might help instead of sugar, but by no means can replace medicine provided by a doctor. So, please do not hesitate to consult further with the doctor about the use of stevia, as well as nutrition and your treatment.