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What is Stevia: benefits, facts and uses

Picture this; you at the grocery store, product in hand, and asking yourself, “what exactly are these ingredients?” You may have asked yourself that same question while reading an ingredient called Stevia. In 2016, the Simply Delish updated the already amazing formula by using the plant-based sweetener called stevia. Stevia changed the game for Simply Delish desserts, making them a guilt-free and sugar-free dessert option. This blog includes information on Stevia, it’s benefits, uses, and a fun recipe! 

What is Stevia?!

Stevia a plant-based sweetener sugar substitute that is 100 times sweeter than your average table sugar. But where exactly does stevia come from? With over 150 different types of stevia, this intense natural sweetener is native to North and South America. With the rise in popularity, stevia plants can be purchased at local gardening centers and enjoyed at home. 

There is a fascinating process that turns the leaf of the stevia plant into a sugar substitute. First, you cut the leaves off of the stevia plant and allow them to dry. Then, the leaves sit in a bath of very hot water and then strained. It takes roughly 40 steps to complete this process and ultimately resulting in a stevia leaf extract!

You don’t have to worry about calorie intake when using Stevia. Stevia is classified as “zero-calorie” meaning that the calorie amount is so low per serving that can be considered zero-calorie! Consumers say that this natural, low-calorie sweetener is a great, healthy alternative for everyone!

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Benefits of Stevia

There are so many amazing benefits to using stevia instead of any other sweeteners. Depending on the amount you consume daily,  stevia can aid you and your body in many beneficial ways.

Stevia is safe for children

Forget about those artificial sweeteners that you find in your children’s snacks and foods! Stevia is a great natural plant-based sweetener, especially for children. Artificial sweeteners can contribute to cardiovascular disease and obesity. In addition, these sweeteners are high in calories excessive and have large amounts of added sugar. Compared to other brands whose products are higher in calories and have way too much added sugar, Simply Delish is sugar-free! Simply Delish jels and puddings are a great low cal and sugar-free dessert option for children.

For more information on the ingredients we use in our range of desserts, check out our FAQ!

Stevia + Diabetes says, “29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, and more than one in every 10 adults who are 20 years or older has diabetes.” Stevia intake has shown no effect on blood glucose or insulin response. This is perfect for those on a diabetic diet. Simply Delish jels and puddings cater to those with specialty diets. Everyone can enjoy the flavors of their favorite foods and desserts!

However, there are factors that lead to weight gain and obesity. Lack of exercise, poor diet, and foods that are high in calories and sugars can be harmful. 

Stevia is Vegan!

Yes! Since Stevia is from plants, those who’ve adopted a vegan lifestyle can enjoy this compliant sweetener. Stevia can be used in a wide range of recipes, from your daily cup of coffee to a delicious vegan strawberry cake from My Quiet Kitchen featuring Simply Delish Strawberry Jel!

vegan strawberry cake collage

 In conclusion, stevia is a great addition to your pantry and your favorite products! Since stevia is low in calories and sugar, it is compliant in anyone’s new diet and change in lifestyle! 

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