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Stevia – the new sugar substitute

Stevia – the new sugar substitute

Stevia – the new sugar substitute

A healthy sugar alternative will start appearing on health store shelves from this month. Stevia, a South American shrub with very sweet leaves, was approved by the European Food Safety Authority for use in the EU in early December 2011. As a sweetener which is low carb, 300 times sweeter than cane sugar and has almost no impact on blood sugar levels, it will be of special interest to those with blood sugar and weight management concerns.

Why it matters

Living a healthy life and taking care of our bodies matters more and more to people. Stevia has attracted attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, could it matter as a natural sweetener to people on diets or just people trying to have a healthy nutrition?

Austria
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