Stevia: The Natural Sweetener

published by Dr. Marcantel on January 25th, 2010 Print this page No Comments

Stevia is a natural sweetener with certain properties that make it an excellent alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Dr. Tina Marcantel is a naturopathic doctor practicing in Gilbert, Arizona. Other East Valley cities she serves are Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, and the greater Phoenix area.

I especially like stevia and recommend it for my patients because it is natural and tastes good, plus it has medicinal effects on the body. This plant is indigenous to mountainous regions of Brazil and Paraguay. It is grown in Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Central America, Israel, China, and the United States.

Stevia plantStevia is an herb with very potent sweetening power. It’s natural in its biochemical structure and contains no artificial ingredients. It won’t cause a rise in blood sugars and is calorie-free and can be used in baking, to sweeten your drinks, or wherever you might normally use sugar or a sugar substitute.

One therapeutic effect of this herb is that it can help balance blood sugars in hypoglycemic and diabetic individuals. It is the ideal sweetener for people with obesity and chronic yeast infections caused by high sugar levels. It can also help reduce dental cavities and carbohydrate cravings. Brazilians have used the plant to improve digestion, soften skin, and prevent tooth decay.

Because it is a natural sweetener, it is also less likely to adversely affect those suffering from colon problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Stevia is available in either a white powder or liquid extract form and can be found in many grocery stores under different manufacturers labels such as SweetLeaf, Sweet ‘n Natural, and others (try the health food section if it is not with the other sweeteners). Be sure to check the label for a minimum of 90% the active ingredient Steviosides.

More information on stevia

Disclaimer All information provided on this site, particularly any information relating to specific medical conditions, health care, preventive care, and healthy lifestyles, is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be considered complete or exhaustive and does not cover all disorders or conditions or their treatment. The information provided on is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or health care provider, and may not necessarily take your individual health situation into account., Tina Marcantel, NMD, Inc., and Mary Christine (Tina) Marcantel assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this site. By using the site you agree not to rely solely on any of the information contained herein. Your use of the site is at your own risk.

Comments are closed.