Stevia rebaudiana, better known as stevia, is a green plant from South America belonging to the Asteraceae. Its leaves contain steviosides, rebaudiosides, namely molecules without glucose recognized for their sweetening power superior to that of sugar. It is used to sweeten many foods (confectionery, dairy products, biscuits, etc.) but also drinks. Composition
Stevia is composed of steviol glycosides, calorie-free sweeteners and 100% vegetable. Very interesting when you know that chemical sweeteners are on the hot seat! It also contains other components such as dulcoside A (sweetening agent), steviols, fibres, proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals…a well of varied substances but given the tiny quantity used, it should not be not count on it! calories
It proudly displays 0 Calories. Is this really the case? In reality, 100 g of stevia provide 336 calories but given that it is dosed to the nearest gram, that is to say that this caloric intake is negligible! For 1 gram of stevia, 3 calories. Glycemic index of stevia
What a bargain! No change in blood sugar by consuming stevia since its glycemic index is 0. Health Benefits
Stevia, replacing sugar, allows as a sweetener, to eat sweet without increasing the daily caloric intake since it is calorie-free. In addition, it has the advantage of being gluten-free and phenylalanine-free. It is therefore a sweetening solution for all those who are suffering from a rare disease called phenylketonuria, unlike the aspartame which contained it.
It would have life-saving benefits by regulating blood pressure, fighting against dental caries, regulating weight in overweight people, in non-insulin-dependent diabetics. Indeed, blood sugar has no reason to get carried away because stevia does not contain glucose, but this is not a reason not to maintain a balanced diet. Its effects are still controversial, the research is nuanced.