Stevia is most valued for something it doesn’t contain. It has nearly zero calories! Today, stevia is commonly used as a sugar substitute. Unlike other sugar substitutes, it is derived from a plant, Stevia rebaudiana. Could it also work as a weight loss aid? Is it beneficial for people with blood sugar issues? Check out what some interesting research studies are saying about stevia’s incredible benefits!
Research Proven Health Benefits Of Stevia
May Help In Weight Loss
Stevia has almost no calories, and thus may be appealing for those who are trying to lose weight. A study concluded that stevia may act as a new tool to help people in their weight management (1). This herb may be a new player in the fight against obesity. So, if you are taking any weight loss supplements or looking for some natural ways to shed unwanted pounds, this herb may support you in achieving your weight loss goals.
May Help Keep Blood Sugar Levels In Check
A research study showed that stevia lowered insulin and glucose levels (2). After eating this low-calorie herb, the participants of this study did not compensate by eating more at their next meal. This study also reported that participants who consumed stevia experienced similar levels of satiety as they did when they ate a high caloric sucrose meal. So, if you have insulin issues, then this herb may help you to keep your blood sugar levels in check and manage satiety levels.
May Help Manage Cholesterol
A research study revealed that stevia extract is effective in lowering elevated levels of serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increasing good cholesterol levels (HDL) (3). The participants of this study found their LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol levels lowered after consuming stevia extract daily for one month. So, if your cholesterol levels are also high, then you may also want to consume this herb.
After reading about the incredible health benefits of stevia, you may also want to add it to your diet plan. You can grow stevia plants at home and use their leaves as a substitute for sugar to sweeten foods. Another easy way to consume this herb is to take a supplement enriched with stevia. You can buy stevia products from a grocery store. But remember, many stevia products contain stevia in raw form and don’t contain whole stevia leaf. So, be careful and choose the right dietary or weight loss product which is made using the purest available form of the stevia leaf.
It is always advisable to consult your healthcare provider before starting any diet or dietary supplement.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements and/or product(s) described in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease, illness or health condition. It is advisable to consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to your lifestyle, diet or dietary supplement program.
- Stevia, Nature’s Zero-Calorie Sustainable Sweetener Nutr Today. 2015 May; 50(3): 129–134.
- Stephen D. Anton, Ph.D., Corby K. Martin, Ph.D., Hongmei Han, M.S., Sandra Coulon, B.A., William T. Cefalu, M.D., Paula Geiselman, Ph.D., and Donald A. Williamson, Ph.D. Effects of stevia, aspartame, and sucrose on food intake, satiety, and postprandial glucose and insulin levels Appetite. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2010 Aug 1.
- N. Sharma1 , R. Mogra1 and B. Upadhyay2 Effect of Stevia Extract Intervention on Lipid Profile 1. Department of Foods and Nutrition, College of Home Science, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 2. Department of Statistics, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.