We all know that sugar is not good for us, but for some reason we just cannot seem to go without it. Many alternative sweeteners have been used, but which new sugar substitute is the best, especially for weight loss? Artificial sweeteners, even though they have no calories, have shown to be unhealthy, and so people are looking for other alternatives, and more natural sugar substitutes.
Some of the more natural sweeteners are honey, agave nectar and stevia. Honey and agave nectar are nutritious, and are good for you, but when it comes to weight loss, stevia is the best new sugar substitute.
What Is Stevia?
Stevia is an herb native to South America, and it contains many nutrients such as protein, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and sodium. It also contains fair amounts of Vitamins A and C. The leaves are either dried and crushed into a fine powder, or the juice is extracted and sold as stevia concentrate, or extract.
The crushed leaves or powder are not water soluble, but they are about 15 to 30 times sweeter than sugar. The extract or the concentrate is between 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. And if that is not enough, stevia has 0 calories and is perfectly safe for you to consume. It has no impact on blood sugar levels, thus making this the perfect sugar substitute especially for diabetics.
Stevia is not sugar, and therefore it does not taste like it either. For some, the taste is an immediate hit, but for others, it takes some getting used to. If you like licorice, then you won't mind the mild aftertaste which this miracle sugar substitute leaves behind.
How to Use Stevia for Weight Loss
If you have a sweet tooth and are trying to lose weight, then you owe it to yourself to try this new sugar substitute. Not only will it help you to reduce your calories, which you would normally consume from your sugar, but it will also help you to reduce your other calories.
Adding about 10 drops of whole leaf concentrate to your water and drinking it 20 minutes before your next meal, will help to decrease your hunger, allowing you to eat less. Adding this sweetener to all your drinks throughout the day will help you to reduce your cravings for sweets as well as other fatty foods.
It goes well in just about all your favorite drinks. It does not matter what kind of shakes, smoothies, teas and coffees you like, adding a few drops of stevia is all you need to enjoy the sweetness.
Many are hooked on dangerous sodas, simply because they do not enjoy drinking water, but with stevia, you can change all that. Simply add a few drops of the sweet stuff into your water, and you will never want your soda again.
You can purchase stevia in health food stores, as well as in some grocery stores. It may seem like an expensive sweetener to buy, but in reality, you can actually save money, because just a little bit of it will go a long way.