Stevia is a type of herb that has a sweet taste, and it is a healthy substitute for sugar because it's completely natural. It was first used centuries ago in Paraguay, and later, in other parts of the world as well. Also known as sugarleaf or sweet leaf, its extract is commonly used as an alternative to sugar. As demand for low-calorie and low-carbohydrate food increases, it has become a more popular option among food-manufacturers as well as health-conscious individuals.
It can be hard to keep up with all the bad news on sugar or the smoking of our time as it's rapidly becoming known. It has become this generation's ticking time-bomb, leaving a trail of diabetes and obesity in its wake. Last week, the World Health Organisation added its voice to the fray, warning that sugar should make up just 5 per cent of our daily calorie intake, half what it had previously advised.
But help for the sweet-toothed which, given that manufacturers spike even the most wholesome-sounding cereals with sugar, means practically everyone is at hand
From their cupboard of substitutes, food science analysts report that salvation lies in a naturally sourced substance called stevia, which has no calories, no carbohydrates, and does not raise blood sugar levels. It comes from a plant that has been used as a sweetener for centuries in Paraguay and Brazil, and …