Thursday, January 26, 2012


Many expats here have learned the importance of good nutrition. I always tell people, if the subject comes up, that Stevia sweetener is a better alternative than artificial sweeteners or processed sugar.

Per Wikipedia Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America to South America. The species Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.
With its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

As for where to get it, Costco sells it for a really good price. 300 packets for about 140 pesos ($10 USD). Health food shops sell it here as well but I think there prices are a little higher. Sam's sells a Stevia substitute, basically mixing it with artificial junk and rendering it's natural properties and benefits inefective.



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