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Stevia: Health Benefits, Facts, And Safety

Stevia is an intensely sweet-tasting plant that has been used to sweeten beverages and make tea since the 16th century. The plant is originally native to Paraguay and Brazil but is now also grown in Japan and China. It is used as a non-nutritive sweetener and herbal supplement. A non-nutritive sweetener is one that contains little to no calories . Stevia is used as a healthful alternative to added sugar in many meals and beverages. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the marketing of stevia as a food additive in 1987. However, stevia regained its status as a sweet, sustainable dietary ingredient in 1995. The sweetener has since soared in popularity, with a 58 percent boost in new products that contain stevia. This breakdown looks at the characteristics, uses, health benefits, and side effects of stevia, as well as considering its overall safety. Stevia is primarily grown in Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, and China. The natural sweetener tastes 200 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar. Stevia can be classified as "zero-calorie," because the calories per serving are so low. It has shown potential health benefits as a healthful sugar alternative for people with dia Continue reading >>

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  1. janet327

    What kind of snack are you suppose to eat before bedtime? I also read somewhere that not everyone needs a snack before bedtime but how do you know if you do or not?

  2. cazimere

    I always have two tablespoons of peanut butter and a piece of hard candy (root beer barrels) before bed. Try some peanut butter or some other snack and see what your meter says in the morning.

  3. susanm9006

    I am not on insulin, so I rarely have a bedtime snack. I don't need the calories and usually my blood sugar is stable enough so that it is unlikely I will go low during the night. Others have found they have a better morning number if they snack before bedtime. So you need to figure out what works best for you. If you are trying to lose weight, I would try to do without one unless you usually go low during the night without it.

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