Stevia: what exactly is it?
- Stevia is obtained from the stevia plant, also known as sweet grass or honey grass.
- The plant is mainly found in South America, for example in Brazil and Paraguay.
- The natural flavor of the plant is strongly sweet with a liquorice aftertaste.
- During the production of stevia, the sweetening parts are isolated and turned into powder.
- The powder is 300 times sweeter than sugar and contains no calories. It was approved in the EU at the end of 2011.
Is stevia healthy?
- Stevia has a reputation for being significantly healthier than sugar. After all, it has no calories and is used in significantly lower doses.
- Researchers at the University of Manitoba’s Rady School of Health Sciences have analyzed 37 studies on sweeteners such as stevia.
- This shows that there is no link between weight loss and substituting stevia for sugar.
- An experiment with mice showed that sweeteners such as stevia, like sugar, lead to an increase in glucose levels and thus increase the risk of diabetes.
- The long-term effects of stevia have not yet been thoroughly investigated. Therefore, it should not be consumed in excess.