Steevia Rebaudiana Lab

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Nutri, Health & Wellness w/Lab STEVIA The Stevia Rebaudiana plant is native to South America. The people in South America have used stevia as a natural sweetener source for hundreds of years. The leaves are also used to make medicine. Stevia comes from a family of shrubs native to Central and South America. The species, often called sweet leaf or sugar leaf, is widely grown for its intensely sweet leaves. A component on the leaf called stevioside is extracted and manufactured into the calorie-free sweeteners you see in stores. Originally Stevia was only available as a "dietary supplement" in the U.S. In 2008 the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status to rebaudioside A, one of…show more content…
Early research suggests that 1000 mg daily of stevioside, a chemical compound in stevia, might reduce blood sugar levels after meals by 18% in people with type 2 diabetes. Stevia and Obesity: Eating too many calories is often the cause of obesity. Added sugars are roughly 16 percent of all calories people consume. Sodas, fruit drinks and energy drinks contain high amounts of these sugars. Liquids don't satisfy as much as solid foods, so people tend to lose track and compensate for the calories in their drink with the calories they eat. It is the most inconspicuous sources of added weight. Stevia is gaining popularity in the United States as a no-calorie sweetener. Sugar replacements are a good way to contain calories. Stevia is all-natural and comes from a plant, unlike artificial sweeteners. Pure stevia leaves almost no accumulation of the substance behind as it's metabolized, and therefore adds no calories to your diet. Researchers concluded that using stevia instead of table sugar on your diet might be an effective strategy to manage food…show more content…
There are no warnings about taking Stevia while pregnant or breast-feeding; but it is advised to stay on the safe side and avoid use. Stevia might cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family of plants. This family includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many other plants. Reference Ogunjimi, A. (2011, May). Stevia and obesity. Retrieved from "Appetite"; Effects of Stevia, Aspartame, and Sucrose on Food Intake, Satiety, and Postprandial Glucose and Insulin Levels; Stephen D. Anton et al.; August 2010 FDA. Office of Regulatory Affairs. Automatic detention of stevia leaves, extract of stevia leaves, and food containing stevia. (Accessed 21 April 2004). Stevia. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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