Is Stevia Good or Bad For Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is stevia good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link: https://bit.ly/2g0NDAH
Stevia is actually a plant naturally grown in Brazil and Paraguay. It is now being grown in many other countries with China now being the largest export of the sweetener derived from the plant. The plant is in the same family as chrysanthemums and sunflowers.
The extract taken from the stevia plant has been used for many years as a sweetener, but was actually banned in the United States in 1991 because it was thought to cause cancer. The ban was lifted in 1995, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed stevia to be imported and sold as a food supplement, but not as a sweetener. In December 2008, the FDA declared stevia Generally Regarded As Safe.
Since then the market has been flooded with “stevia” sugar substitutes. Just some of the “brand” names of stevia are:
Stevia in the Raw
WalMart has their own “brand” Great Value Stevia
And there are plenty of “Generic” stevia based sweeteners available.
Stevia extract is 250-300 times sweeter than table sugar.
Stevia is generally accepted as a good sugar substitute.
A 2003 study by Søren Gregersen found that stevioside reduces postprandial blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetic patients, indicating beneficial effects on the glucose metabolism. Stevioside may be advantageous in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Postbrandial simply means the blood glucose levels after eating a meal.
A 2012 study by Naveen Shivanna found that the active ingredients in stevia not only had a positive impact on blood glucose levels, but was found to be an anti-oxidant and had liver protection properties.
So, is stevia good for diabetes? My answer is yes.
But I do feel you need to read the labels before you buy. Some forms of stevia sold in the US is all natural, but is it all stevia? Others have additives in them to promote longer shelf life. Be sure to read the label to ensure you are getting an all-natural, all stevia sweetener.
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Post time: Jun-21-2017