Due to life style of today’s world, a lot of calorie intake by people is not used. This unused calorie is hazardous for the health, which is leading a lot of health problem like diabetes, obesity, blood pressure, laziness….etc. This unused calorie intake starts from morning tea and is being consume whole the day and ends up dinner sweet. To reduce this risk a lot of chemical alternate of sugar are available in the market. As these are not natural so they are creating a lot of long term side effects.
The Stevia rebaudiana is commonly known as sweet leaf, sugar leaf, or simply Stevia. This is widely grown for its sweet leaves. Stevia and Sunflower belong to asteraceae family. The sweet herb Stevia is becoming a major source of natural sweetener as an alternate of sugar. It is rapidly replacing the chemical sweetener like Splenda, Saccharine and Aspartame.
The plant is native to tropical and subtropical regions of North America and South America. There are near about 240 species of Stevia Genus. It is grown widely in countries like Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Venezuela. In Venezuela it is being used over 1500 years.
Stevia leaves are 30 times sweeter than normal sugar. The extract of stevia Rebaudioside-A is around 300-400 times sweeter than normal sugar. The sweetness of stevia also felt for long time.
There are two compounds in stevia leaves 1.) Stevioside(10%-20%) and 2.) Rebaudioside-A(1-3%). The Stevioside is stable at 100 °C this is main advantage of Stevioside over other sweetener.
Today stevia is ready to become King in the market of sweetener. As demand of low carbohydrate sweetener is rising day by day.
A good market is being developed for stevia domestically as well as internationally. This is a ray of hope for the diabetic patient. As it is natural source of sweetener. It is also used for the treatment of obesity and high blood sugar patient. There is not increase in sugar level after consumption of stevia as sweetener as substitute of normal sugar.
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