Glucose is the source of life and it’s primarily found in carbohydrates – even though both protein and fats can also convert to glucose. Every cell in your body needs glucose to create energy.
The problem is when you have TOO much glucose and thus, your blood sugar levels are elevated most of the day and your body OVER secretes insulin.
What most people don’t know is that elevated blood sugar and insulin levels is a large contributor in causing heart disease, weight gain, accelerated aging and of course – a major cause in type 2 diabetes.4,5
But I Like Sugar – I Like My “Sweets”
Now, the problem with regular table sugar is that it raises your blood sugar levels sky high. And artificial sweeteners such as Sucralose or Aspartame, are just loaded with negative side-effects.
So, today I want to talk about Stevia…
- What Is It?…
- Is it safe?…
- Does it raise your blood sugar?…
- If daily use can eventually cause diabetes, like some of the other artificial sweeteners?…
What Is Stevia?
Stevia is a natural product made from a plant that grows in South America. It’s basically an “herb”, so it’s not artificial like other sweeteners such as Aspartame (Equal®), Saccharin (Sweet N Low®) or Sucralose (Splenda®).
The active compounds of Stevia are up to 150 times the sweetness of sugar1 are heat-stable (good for cooking), pH-stable, and non fermentable2.
Is Stevia Safe?
Stevia has been used for centuries and it’s extremely popular in Japan. One of the features that make it so famous is that it has virtually no calories and… being sweeter than candy can be a plus for many people.
There are over 90 studies about Stevia’s safety, so the FDA already approved it as a natural sweetener.
Does Stevia Raise Blood Sugar Levels?
Stevia doesn’t just keep your glucose level steady, it actually helps lower it.
There is quite a bit of research on this, and studies have shown that eating foods prepared with Stevia will lower blood sugar, and even better, increase insulin sensitivity.2,3
Summary & Important Facts About Stevia
- It doesn’t raise blood sugar, it lowers it. Its glycemic index is zero, which means that it will not be converted into glucose.1
- It has no calories.1
- It lowers insulin levels and protects against insulin insensitivity.1,3
- It can help you lose weight because when you use it as a sweetener, your body will be deprived of sugars, therefore it will mobilize fat and burn it for energy.3
- It decreases cravings for sweets, so you won’t fall into temptation in the supermarket.3
- It is rich in minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients.1
- It protects you from candida overgrowth, because it is a sweet without glucose in it, so the fungus will just starve to death.3
Stevia is indeed a great way to protect yourself from the risks of high blood sugar by using it as a safe alternative to regular sugar and artificial sweeteners… But it isn’t a get out of jail free card.
- Effects of stevioside on glucose transport activity in insulin-sensitive and insulin-resistant
- Effects of stevia, aspartame, and sucrose on food intake, satiety, and postprandial glucose and insulin levels
- Insulin and Insulin Resistance
- Suppression of insulin secretion is associated with weight loss
- Effectiveness of a Commercially Available Supplement in Improving Blood Glucose Levels