Stevia rebaudiana leaves (Bertoni), is a sweetening plant originating from Paraguay which currently spreads to several Asian, European and Canadian countries. Unlike other types of leaves, stevia leaves have a sweet taste. The content of steosid and rebaudiosid A, which has a sweetness of up to 300 times that of sucrose contained in sugarcane, is why this leaf is often used as a substitute for ordinary sugar. Stevia plants are part of the Asteraceae family, associated with daisies and ragweed. Some stevia species called candyleaf are native to New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.
Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni), grown in Paraguay and Brazil, in its place of origin people use stevia leaves to sweeten food and traditional medicine, such as treatment for burns, abdominal pain, stomach problems and sometimes as contraception. Sugar substitutes Use of Stevia Leaves as a sweetener is currently popular in recent years, especially among diabetics. In a joint statement, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) say that stevia leaves are beneficial for diabetics if they use them appropriately and do not keep up with consume extra calories at mealtime.
According to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extract of stevia plants, it is generally considered safe for use in food. Stevia does not have calories, and is 200 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration. Using stevia as a sugar substitute in sweet foods and drinks can help diabetics stabilize their blood glucose levels. This substitution can also reduce the number of calories a person consumes, which is likely will help you lose weight. Being overweight is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and its complications, which include heart and kidney problems. Many diabetics also have high blood pressure. Some studies show that stevia can reduce blood pressure in people.