Stevia, Nature’s Sweetener

Life would be too dull without dessert, and what woman can go without chocolate?

Some people say sweet tasting foods should be avoided because giving in to decadent food pleasures may train your taste buds in unnatural ways. I think that is a load of nonsense. That’s like ignoring a beautiful spring day and thinking that if we enjoy it too much we’ll despise every other day. WRONG!

Stevia is a zero calories and zero carbs. Some say “I’ve tasted it and its bitter, no thanks!”

There are several brands that I would recommend that use a safe process to remove the bitterness of stevia.

Trim healthy Mamma

Nunaturals

Truvia

Swanson brand stevia drops

There are more these are just a few

The sweet taste of stevia leaf does not come from carbohydrates molecules both through glycosides. These have a beneficial effect on the pancreases and help stabilize blood sugar. Stevia actually helps diabetic and hypoglycemic people rather than causing more problems for them as most sweeteners do.

Xylitol and Erythritol

There are two other sweeteners I use and recommend: xylitol and erythritol. They are both in the sugar alcohol family. They are not intensely sweet on their own and that is why they are often mixed with stevia. If you don’t need a really sweet taste in your dessert, these two sweeteners might be perfect for you. They both have zero impact on blood sugar, so you can utilize them to make all our creamy desserts without worrying about weight gain. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol which has a zero glycemic index reading, whereas xylitol is very low on the scale and is therefore still used

FLAX

Flax seed carries one of the biggest nutrient payloads on this planet. Flax is not a grain,it has a more similar vitamin and mineral profile to a grain than a seed. Like grains, flax is high in most of the B vitamins, it helps with mood health and helps increase energy. (what person does not need this?) Flax also boasts high amounts of magnesium. This mineral calms the body and is essential for nerve health and balanced hormones. It is full of fiber. Its fiber level equals its carbohydrate level, so it is essentially a carb free food regarding the effect it has on blood sugar. The fiber in flax is responsible for its ability to help lower LDL cholesterol (L-stands for Lousy, flax lowers the bad kind).


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