FROM SUGAR TO STEVIA…


STEVIA – WHAT IS IT?

 

I have recently discovered stevia and believe this is the answer to the ultimate sugar alternative. Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar yet is good for you! This seems too good to be true but I have tried it in cakes, puddings and rice dishes and absolutely love it.

 

Stevia is a completely natural food coming from the leaves of the stevia plant which grows in the wild from western North America to South America. The leaves are naturally sweet and the plant is sometimes called ‘sweetleaf’ or ‘sugarleaf’. It has been used for many years as a sweetener in Japan, replacing sugar in fizzy drinks and in many food products.

My question is why can’t it replace sugar in all food and drink products everywhere?

A lot of us have a sweet tooth but sugar has many detrimental effects on the body and mind and it is often the hidden ingredient in a vast array of food and drink products. You may think that a little sugar here and there does not do any harm, but all these small quantities add up to big amounts at the end of the day.

 

Our bodies and minds are here to serve us in our daily work, tasks and activities during the day; if they do not work to the optimum we are loosing out. We cannot be our full potentiality. Therefore we need sustenance for our health and well being to help us be who we truly are in the world and to follow our divine life paths, whatever they may be.

Perhaps it is not emphasized enough how harmful sugar can be to the body and mind but here are some of the detrimental effects it has:

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CAN LEAD TO DIABETES

CAN CAUSE HYPERACTIVIY, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING, ANXIETY

ENCOURAGES THE UNHEALTHY GROWTH OF YEAST CANDIDA (leading to further ill health)

RAISES BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS CREATING IMBALANCE IN ENERGY LEVELS

ENCOURAGES GROWTH OF CANCER

CAN LEAD TO CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

CAN WEAKEN EYESIGHT

INCREASES CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

CAN CHANGE DNA STRUCTURE

INCREASES BACTERIAL INFECTION AS RESULT OF LESSENING DEFENCE MECHANISM OF BODY

CAN ENCOURAGE OSTEOPAROSIS

CAN LEAD TO DEPRESSION

IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN BE LOWERED CONSIDERABLY

REDUCES THE BODY’S ABILTIY TO ABSORB NUTRIENTS/MINERALS/PROTEIN

CAN INCREASE THE AGEING PROCESS

CAN CAUSE ARTHRITIS, ULCERS, VARICOSE VEINS, CATARACTS, MIGRAINES AND HEADACHES

CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ALZEIMERS DISEASE

CAN CREATE HORMONAL IMBALANCE

CAN BE ADDICTIVE

CAN CONSIDERABLY WORSEN THE EFFECTS OF ADD IN CHILDREN

CAN INDUCE EPILEPTIC SEIZURES

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So why eat sugar? Why eat something and have it in so many food products that it is difficult to avoid (in the West)?

 

Most sugar substitutes are also bad for the health such as saccharin which was declared a carcinogen in the 1970’s.

 

YET STEVIA IS GOOD FOR THE HEALTH AND HAS THE FOLLOWING QUALITIES:

 

CONTAINS NO CALORIES SO DOES NOT AFFECT THE WEIGHT

CAN REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

CAN REDUCE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

ANTI-BACTERIAL THEREFORE BENEFICIAL AS TOOTHPASTE INGREDIENT AND MOUTHWASH

AIDS FORMATION OF CALCIUM FOR STRONGER BONES AND TEETH

AIDS INDIGESTION

HELPS SKIN CONDITIONS

HELPS HEAL MOUTH ULCERS, GUM DISEASE

HELPS HEAL OSTEOPAROSIS

CAN BE USED IN HAIR CARE TO HELP DRY OR THIN HAIR

CAN HELP HEAL CUTS AND WOUNDS

CAN HELP HEAL ALCOHOLISM

ONLY A LITTLE IS NEEDED IN COOKING FOR A SWEET TASTE

 

IT WOULD APPEAR THAT MANY OF THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SUGAR HAVE THE OPPOSITE POSITIVE AND HEALING EFFECTS WITH STEVIA!

 

I believe we should make a move towards a greater use of stevia in the west as a sugar alternative and aim for health rather than addiction to a substance which is not helping us on any level.

 

I regularly buy a small packet of GREEN stevia powder from a local health food shop which only costs around 38p (UK) which is an extremely cheap food source. If you can get the pure natural green powder that is far better than the processed white powder which may in fact have harmful effects.

I now realise there is much more I can use this amazing sugar alternative for and perhaps I will now wash my hair with it too!

 

I hope you have found some inspiration from this article but please write any feedback below. Thank-you for reading!

References:

http://nancyappleton.com/141-reasons-sugar-ruins-your-health/

http://www.homeremediesweb.com/stevia-health-benefits.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia

About Jo Moon

I write the truth as I see it as I believe that Earthly life cannot be sustained in the way it is under current human consciousness. We need to integrate and live with nature as well as having a divine connection. Connection with the divine is so important. I also wish to highlight the work and messages of a group of Archangels and Ascended Masters known collectively as the White Brotherhood. They are here to raise the consciousness of humanity and send healing and light to all living beings and the Earth. I write about animal welfare, as I believe that animals should be treated with love, respect and kindness and therefore should definitely not be eaten. I am vegan and advocate veganism and healthy nutrition. I also write about specific issues which I believe affect us profoundly in our current human lives. These include: the way we bring up and treat children, electromagnetic stress and other forms of pollution, toxicity and spiritual issues, particularly concerning what is happening to the Earth and humanity at this time in the Earth's history. I am also an intuitive healing storyteller. I make up stories as I tell them. Having no idea what a story will be about before I start, one will gradually emmerge and speak profoundly in its magical language to its listeners! There may be surprises for me and others through this process! But the story is always relevant with particular meaning to whoever is listening.
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