Sugar is one thing that we can find in every kitchen all around the globe. But with unhealthy eating habits, diabetes has become very common ailment in the society. India is among top 3 countries in regards to the total number of diabetic patients. With Indians being more vulnerable towards sweet, refined sugar finds its way in every dish that they consume. However, it is the same refined sugar that is the leading cause for diabetes and even obesity. There are several artificial sweeteners available in the market but they are even more dangerous if consumed on regular basis.

There is, however, respite because research has discovered a 100% naturally occurring zero calorie sweetener which is called Stevia. Scientifically called Stevia rebaudiana, is a South American plant of the Asteraceae family, which also includes sunflowers and chrysanthemums. Native to Paraguay, Stevia has traditionally been used to sweeten beverages and make tea. The term “stevia” refers to the entire plant and its components, but it is only some parts that are sweet in taste.

Stevia sweeteners do not add carbohydrates or calories to the diet and do not affect blood glucose or insulin. This means that even a diabetic can consume it without harming their health.  Without sacrificing taste, the plant based sweetener also reduces energy intake. Moreover, the plant also has many health benefits for children. This means that all those unhealthy sweets, and beverages can be made with stevia and parents do not have to worry about calorie content, or even sugar rush.

Regulatory health agencies have approved the use of stevia leaf extract for special people like pregnant women, nursing women and people with allergies. Stevia is proven to be helpful to regulate heartbeat and maintain balanced pressure of blood in the body.