Sweetener by Diabetic Patients in the Caribbean for a long period of time.
It is safer than regular Sugar. As Stevia contains no chemicals whatsoever.
It can help lower their blood sugar and help strengthen the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin.
The only complaint is that Stevia leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
However, this problem is solved by manufacturers, says Time magazine,
in the form of TruVia and PureVia
This article was written by Katherine Huether
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Stevia is 30 times sweeter than regular sugar. This means a drop or two of the extract or quater or half a tea spoon of the powder is sufficent to sweeten your cup of coffee or tea.
The extracts come in liquid form and are usually sweeter than the powders. Keep this in mind as you reach for the Stevia to sweeten your bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Stevia added food is healthy filled with good things for your heart and your blood sugar.
Sweeten it with a little cinnamon and you'll be helping your blood sugar even further.
If you do want to substitute Stevia for sugar in your recipes, use this conversion: 1 cup of sugar is equivalent to approximately 1 tsp. of the liquid extract and 1 1/2 tsp. of the powdered extract. For example, you can add it to unsweetened chocolate, yogurt, coffee, tea and basically any recipe that calls for sugar.
Consider baking with Stevia. But before you substitute Stevia for sugar in your favorite cookie recipe, understand that this will change the composition considerably.
Sugar gets crispy in the oven and also interacts with yeast if you're baking things like bread. In order to bake with it properly your best bet is to follow a recipe specifically created for Stevia.