Research indicates that the use of no-calorie sweeteners may actually make it harder for people to control their intake and body weight.
Numerous studies have proven that the substitute sweeteners that contain aspartame or a synthetic sugar are not healthy. Aspartame sweeteners have been linked to adverse health reactions, including:
• Mood fluctuations
However, in the last decade a new sweetener has been introduced that is plant-based and natural: Stevia. Is Stevia sweetener healthy, and how does it compare to other synthetic sugar substitutes such as aspartame?
The answer is yes, it is healthy. Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family, native to subtropical and tropical regions in North and South America. Stevia is grown for its sweet leaves and is far sweeter than cane sugar or any other synthetic sweetener produced.
Stevia was approved a few years ago by the FDA. Stevia has not been linked to any known health risks and can be metabolized by the body safely. Stevia has little effect on blood glucose and can enhance glucose tolerance, making it a safe natural sweetener option for diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets.
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