Stevia, also known as Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, is a bushy shrub that is part of the sunflower family. There are 150 species of stevia, all originates in North and South America. Stevia leaf extract is a plant extract made from the stevia plant.The leaves of the stevia plant are harvested, dried and then the sweet components of the plant are extracted and purified per regulatory standards. Stevia can be up to 350 times sweeter than sugar and can be used to maintain the sweet taste in many foods and beverages without the calories. Stevia is now produced in many countries and the plant can often be purchased at garden centers for home growing. China is the current leading exporter of stevia products.
As an alternative to sucrose, or table sugar, using stevia as a sweetener carries the potential for considerable health benefits. one of the sweet compounds in stevia can lower blood pressure when it is unnaturally high. Stevioside appears to improve function of the hormone insulin, helping to lower blood sugar levels. Stevia has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, diuretic and immunomodulatory effects.Foods and beverages containing stevia can play an important role in decreasing calories from unwanted sweeteners in the diets of children. Stevia can be used in many ways.You can add it to your smoothie, yogurt, tea, coffee and other beverages. It is also a good sugar substitute for baking.Since you can buy it in liquid and powder form, it's more convenient to use the liquid form for beverages and the powder for baking.When it comes to baking with stevia, many people mix it with erythritol, another natural low-calorie sweetener that is much bulkier. Ningxia Pure Biology Technology Co.,Ltd (PURE Biotechnology)
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