When you first consume sugar your taste buds do a happy dance. You feel as if you’re on top of the world, like you’re the incredible hulk and no one can stop you. You strut a little more, flip that hair back, bat your eyelashes, but then… something happens: you smack right down back to earth. Sugar is one bad ass bitch and if you eat too much of it, she’s gonna hurt you something badddddd.
Too much sugar can make you sick, depressed, overweight, tax out your adrenal glands, and make you break out more than a horny, pre-pubescent boy. And yet knowing all that we do about this popular crack food, we can’t help but be addicted to it. Why? Because its just sooooo damn tasty.
In an attempt to counter the shitty side effects of sugar without giving up the sweetness that we all love, consumers are turning to alternative sweeteners, such as Stevia. But is stevia healthy? What is it exactly? Well friends, I’m here to give you some clarity.
Let’s get started…
Stevia is a plant that is typically grown in South America, and even though its extract is 200 times sweeter than sugar, it does not raise blood insulin levels. That’s what makes it so popular in the alternative sweeteners market. Both the plant and its leaves can be used to make the sweetener.
Stevia in itself is safe to use. Hell, unlike weed, you can even grow it in your very own backyard without fear of getting busted by the Drug Enforcement Unit, a.k.a buzzkills. The problem with the stevia you see on the market is that many of them are “extracts” of stevia which require the plant to be processed with over FORTY chemicals that can cause cancer. Some brands contain GMO ingredients and have, “ Natural flavors” added to the Stevia. What the fuck is “Natural flavors” suppose to mean? When companies use manufactured flavor they are literally “hijacking” your taste buds, since the chemicals in these flavorings have synthesized and will trick your mind into wanting more and more.
Avoid these brands of stevia:
How to choose the right kind of Stevia:
If you’re diabetic, have candida or cancer, or you’re just worried about your blood sugar levels, stevia is the way to go. Just make sure you choose the most purest form possible.
– When choosing products look for “whole leaf stevia” on the ingredient label instead of rebaudioside A or stevia extract.
– If you can’t find a whole leaf stevia, look for a stevia extract that is 100% pure without added ingredients such as the brand “Sweet Leaf”
And if you can’t find any pure stevia in your area, then say fuck it and forget about stevia all together! Instead use raw honey, grade B maple syrup, or even coconut palm sugar, since it’s low glycemic (making it more diabetic friendly) and one of the most natural unprocessed forms of sugar available.