Stevia satisfies your sweet tooth – and is even good for your health
The recommended daily allowance of sugar is about nine teaspoons – but recent statistics show that the average adult gets up to three times this amount! Drinks are a huge contributing factor, as they contain far more sugar than most people realise – and soft drinks, like fizzy lemonade, tend to be the main culprits. Sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever, but has been linked to multiple diseases and health problems: not only does it lead to diabetes, but it has also been found to cause obesity, due to the huge number of calories it contains. Other complaints caused by sugar include fatigue, hypertension, and even violent behaviour.
Of course, there are loads of sugar replacements out there: aspartame and acesulfame-k, for example, are popular choices used in diet drinks. But many of these artificial sweeteners have been found to cause health problems, too. Lots of people have reported symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and stomach aches.
So how can you stay happy and healthy, and still satisfy your sweet tooth? Stevia is becoming more and more popular as a sweetener and has loads of different benefits. Here are some things about stevia which you might not know.
It’s totally natural
Stevia comes from the leaves of the stevia rebaudiana plant, which grows in areas of South America. And although it’s only recently become a popular alternative to sugar, it’s actually been used around the world for hundreds of years. So what is it that makes this plant-based sweetener the perfect choice?
It doesn’t contain any calories
Yes, you read that correctly! One of the big benefits of stevia is that it has zero calories, and because it’s about 250 times sweeter than sugar, you don’t need much of it to make your drink taste delicious, either. If you want to stay fit and healthy, stevia can be your new guilt-free pleasure! What’s more, it doesn’t damage your teeth, or affect your oral health whatsoever – another great reason to use it as a sugar replacement.
It’s even good for your health
Not only is it calorie-free, but stevia also has distinctive health benefits. Historically, the plant was used in South America to treat burns and help with stomach problems. More recently, doctors have prescribed stevia to patients with high blood pressure – and pharmacists at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have confirmed that it’s an effective remedy. Research also indicates that stevia could be used to treat Type 2 diabetes in the future. So unlike sugar, which has been linked to various health complaints from depression to nervous tension, it’s clear that stevia is great for your body.
It’ll make you feel satisfied for longer
Another problem with super-sugary drinks is that they make your blood sugar levels spike, and then plummet –leaving you feeling weak, shaky, and tired, craving more sugar. Stevia, on the other hand, has a low glycaemic index (GI), which makes it safe for diabetics, and means that it won’t cause a sudden increase in your blood sugar. And it won’t leave you with sugar cravings, either: according to the Global Healing Center, it’s actually been shown to reduce them, so that your sweet drink keeps you satisfied for longer.
How to use stevia in your drinks
These are just a few of the many amazing benefits of stevia compared to sugar. It’s pretty clear that this natural, plant-based sweetener is the best choice – so what’s the simplest way to start using stevia? The easiest way is to mix it into your drinks, to make a healthier alternative to your favourite lemonade or soda. Therefore it's the sweet and healthy alternative, used in many ViCAP Drinks. Because the ViCAP’s Sport-Cap-Closurer offers a perfect way to store flavouring separate from you water, ensuring that it stays fresh and tasty until you want to drink it. You can make any number of delicious mixed beverages using the ViCAP.