Stevia is a plant that originates in South America and has been used for over 1,500 years as a culinary herb. The leaves of the stevia plants are naturally sweet and can be dried and powdered into a pure sweetener that is about 150X times sweeter than sugar.
One of the main features of stevia is the fact that this herb has virtually no calories and is a zero on the glycemic index. This means that it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels or impact the blood sugar in deleterious ways. (An excellent choice for a someone with type 2 diabetes).
Using stevia as a sweetener will protect from candida overgrowth because it is sweet without glucose in it, so the fungus will starve to death
Stevia promotes oral health because it has been found to have antimicrobial properties. This can help maintain a healthy mouth by reducing your risk of cavities, tartar build up and gingivitis.
Substituting regular sugar with stevia can help improve the nutritional profile of your favorite food and beverages, allowing you to enjoy them regularly without causing health problems, or weight gain.
CREAMY MINT CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM (non dairy) – 2 servings *
1 frozen banana
1 frozen ripe avocado
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
(optional) 2 drops liquid stevia or powdered green leaf stevia
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup fresh mint or 1/2 tsp mint extract
2 ounces dark chocolate chips / or chopped dark chocolate bar (dark 70%-95% cacao)
1. Blend all ingredients in a vitamix or high speed blender.