Sugar has been part of our lives whether young or old. It is very uncommon for us not to have anything that has sugar in it every day especially for teenagers and children. Sweets are very good weapon to tame our kids. Normally, the most common source of sweetening is sugar. It adds taste not just to our drinks or anything we eat, it also adds flavor to our lives as they said. For some of us especially girls, sweets are really hard to resist. We could easily say no to other things but on sweets like chocolates or cakes, hmm! Good luck!
No matter what, sweets are really on of the best things that this world can offer. We don’t mind its negative effect on our bodies. We just think about it after we have our share eaten. For those who are cake and chocolate lovers, good news for all of you. There is now a healthy substitute for sugar, and it is called stevia.
Stevia is a natural sweetener that comes from a leaf extract of a stevia plant. Stevia has been used as sweeteners all over the world for centuries, but is relatively new to the United States. Because of its health benefits, people are catching up with it. It is also now used as additive to some commercially prepared foods.
For better understanding about the differences of stevia vs sugar, I’ll give you comparison about its basic functions.
Stevia and sugar are derived from natural sources, but stevia is more appealing to people because of its low calorie feature. One packet of stevia is equivalent to two tablespoons of sugar that has only 1 gram of carbohydrates and 5 calories. Stevia extract is in liquid form and can be bought in healthy food stores. On the other hand, 2 tablespoons of sugar contains 8 grams of carbohydrates and 30 calories. And people normally use more than two tablespoons of sugar so it results to more calorie intake.
In terms of safety, stevia is also proven to be safe. In 2008, FDA approved the use of stevia and was given the status of “generally recognized as safe”. One research in China shows that after two years of experience, there was an evident decrease of hypertension on the subject. There are also evidence that stevia is capable of lowering blood glucose level and reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome. The effect of sugar on health is also well-documented, as diet in sugar increases, the obesity rate, general inflammation, and insulin resistance also increase.
These are just two of their major differences and if you study deeper about stevia, you will recognize that stevia is not just an ordinary substitute for sugar but also a remedy for major health problems relating to sweets.