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Stevia - The Sugar Alternative

| On 27, May 2012

The Stevia Plant. Photo credit to Veg Source

Good news! I just found out that there is a big alternative to sugar. If you are weight a watcher, has a diabetic loved one or diabetic, then, this is the article for you. Just read further to know more.

A species of Stevia with scientific name S. rebaudiana is one of the best sugar alternatives. This is also known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugar leaf or simply stevia. This plant has Steviol Glycoside which is 300 times the sweetness of an ordinary sugar. According for farmers of this plant, this has this roasted sugar taste with a little bitter after-taste.

Stevia is best replacement for sugar. Because, aside from that it’s quite sweeter than ordinary table sugar. This is also better for weight watchers as the juice coming from the leaves and other parts of the plant has no to very little calories. The plant is also proven to increase your metabolism. And, the greatest part is that it’s approved for diabetics as this plant will never increase your sugar level, revitalizing effect on β-cells of pancreas and improving the insulin level in the body.

What others don’t know is that Stevia has been used thousands of years ago by early South Americans as food additives. There are also signs like artifacts that the juice from stevia is widely used as sweetener for teas and other beverages.  In Paraguay and Brazil, the plant is used for it’s medicinal properties, eaten fresh or as a sweet treat. There are also claims that Stevia has been used in Japan as sweetener for decades.

In the modern world, the sweet variety of stevia has been cultivated around the globe and what’s surprising is that sweet stevias can grow greatly in tropical areas, that’s why it’s widely planted in in countries near the Philippines like Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan.

What’s great is that a farm somewhere in Bulacan is now planting this sugar alternatives. Farmers there formed a group that will plant this fabulous creature and they are willing to share. They are also processing the plants to replace sugar. They turn the leaves into green tea where you don’t have to put sugar.

According to some of my research, Mrs. Maura de Leon of Tambobong, Bocaue, Bulacan is the lady that owns the farm that I’m talking about.

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Stevia rebaudiana – 25 Seeds

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Stevia rebaudiana – 25 Seeds

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Learn more the author of this post:

Ringo

I am Ringo and allow me to say not an ordinary man. I’ve been working home base since 2009 and as of now, has no plans of returning to corporate. Web designer. Frustrated chef. Foodie. Good son (ehem!). Good father (to two labrador retrievers). And, a servant of God.

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  1. Mhar

    San po kayo kumukuha ng Stevia..Mayroon po ba kayo plantation?

    • Ringo

      You can buy these plants at Green 2000 Garden Center, located at the Manila Seedling Bank, EDSA cor. Quezon Ave.

      As far as I know, there are also plants available in healthy stores in malls, but not that sure…

  2. Man Dils

    Stevia is a plant that contains natural sweeteners that are used in foods. Researchers have also evaluated the effect of chemicals in stevia on blood pressure and blood sugar levels. However, research results have been mixed.,:;-

    Our favorite internet site <http://wellnessdigest.co

  3. angeline soriano

    Where po sa Bulacan ung plantation. We have a feasibility study and we are needing the help on the owner on the stevia plantation. thank you!

  4. Mateo C. Intuya Jr.

    Hi,
    Can you please help me where to buy Seeds of stevia here in the Philippines
    Thanks

    Regards,
    Matt

    • Ringo

      Hi Sir Mateo,

      There are seeds available at Green 2000 Garden Center, located at the Manila Seedling Bank, EDSA cor. Quezon Ave.

  5. jessie galia

    just learned that wala na ang Manila Seedling Bank! so, where is Green 2000 Garden Center now? Thanks!!

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