Although reduced sugar intake, you can still enjoy sweet foods or drinks. Way, exchange sugar with a natural sweetener like stevia that almost does not contain calories.
Stevia comes from the leaves extract of Stevia rebaudiana plant. This plant contains steviol glycoside sweetener, a processed product of its leaves, which has been used as a sweetener for many years in South America and Asia. It tastes 200 to 300 times sweeter than regular sugar. In a way, a small dash of stevia powder is equivalent to about a teaspoon of sugar.
Control Blood Sugar Levels with Stevia
Although the sweetness many times fold, stevia almost does not contain calories. When consumed, stevia will be broken down into steviol and absorbed by the body. But the body will not store steviol, but rather throw it quickly in the form of urine and dirt.
Stevia and Diabetes
If you have diabetes, do not worry. Stevia is thought to help keep blood sugar levels under control. According to a study of 12 diabetic patients and 19 healthy people, it was found that stevia is thought to be capable of significantly reducing glucose and insulin levels. And although the calorie content is low, stevia can still make us feel full and satisfied after eating.
Several other studies have shown that taking 1,000 mg of stevia leaf extract containing 91% steviosid content daily is thought to reduce blood sugar levels after meals by 18% in people with type 2 diabetes.
Although studies on the use of stevia in blood sugar control still require further evidence and study, stevia is also suspected to have antioxidant and antidiabetic properties, so as to fight free radicals, increase glucose tolerance significantly, increase production and insulin work, stabilize blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of complications in people with type 2 diabetes.
Use of Stevia
Stevia can be a sugar substitute and mixed into coffee, tea, lemon juice, juice, smoothies, or tasteless yogurt. In addition, stevia can also be used to make a cake or a paint, it’s just likely to leave the sensation of bitterness after consumption.
However, although natural, do not be careless let alone excessive in taking stevia. It is recommended to take stevia as much as 4 mg/kg body weight. That is, if you weigh 50 kg, do not take stevia more than 200 mg per day. Note also the intake of sugar from other foods or beverages that do not contain stevia.
Sugar is needed by the body as a major energy source. But, too much sugar is not good for health and can cause various diseases, one of the diabetes. Therefore, it is recommended to reduce and limit the daily consumption of sugar to maintain the balance of glucose in the blood. This applies to anyone, especially for people with diabetes.
In controlling blood sugar levels, take note of the various aspects that affect it, it is advisable to always maintain a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a balanced nutritious intake, controlling the daily consumption of sugar, adequate rest and body fluids, and exercise regularly and regularly. Remember, the use of stevia may help as a substitute for regular sugar, but that does not mean it can replace the drugs given by doctors. So, do not hesitate to consult with your doctor about using stevia, as well as your nutrition and medications.