After years of research scientists have found the miracle product that revolutionized the world of nutrition. They found a natural sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than sugar but has zero calories!
Stevia rebaudiana a native plant from South America has sugar like qualities with added advantages, this natural sweetener not only has zero calories and zero carbohydrates which is ideal for diabetic patients.
Stevia will also not raise your blood pressure unlike sugar which in itself is a huge advantage against sugar.
Many frizzy drinks utilize sweeteners or sugar substitutes and Stevia is one of them, you can find Stevia in Sprite (fizzy drink).
There are many health benefits in utilizing sweeteners (sugar alternatives) but overdoing it can cause negative side effects. In case of Stevia an overconsumption can cause a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The symptoms of this allergic reaction varies from: dizziness, hives and weakness and in some extreme cases shortness of breath. If you suffer from any sort of side effects after consuming large amount of Stevia consult your doctor immediately!
Because Stevia has zero calories and is 300 times sweeter than sugar the temptation of abusing this substance is overwhelming so be careful. Stevia can really alter your digestive system and irritate your stomach, feeling bloated is very common in this situations. If this is the case then stop using Stevia for a few days until you start to feel yourself.
Possible but extreme rare side effects of Stevia: sore muscle, numbness and not able to stand still. In these extreme rare cases medical intervention is vital.
Nonetheless Stevia is FDA approved substance but it should be used with care.