Stevia tea is a natural sweetener made from the stevia rebaudiana plant, which originated in Paraguay and other subtropical areas of South America. The leaves of this herb contain an immense amount of non-caloric, non-toxic molecules that provide more than 30 times the sweetening power of sugar.
Sometimes referred to as “sweet herb” or “honeyleaf,” the plant’s leaves are most often crushed to form stevia tea, which is then used to sweeten a variety of beverages.
The leaves also contain proteins, carbohydrates, iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium and other minerals along with Vitamins A and C.
Stevia currently is used extensively around the world and research studies consistently point to its safety as a natural sweetening agent. The herb can be found in a number of forms – all of which provide a different level of sweetening strength.
In addition to its sweetening qualities, stevia tea is purported to have therapeutic uses that include lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics, aiding digestion, and improving oral health.
If you brew loose leaf tea and like it sweetened, add some cut stevia leaves during the steeping process as a natural sweetener with no calories.
Whether you enjoy hot or iced green, black, oolong, white or herbal teas, stevia is an excellent tasting, healthy alternative to using sugar or artificial sweeteners. Follow these guidelines for brewing a 16-24oz pot of sweetened tea:
If your tea is too sweet for your taste, add additional unsweetened tea to your blend. If your tea is not sweet enough, add some additional stevia to the pot of hot tea and let it steep a few more minutes.
To learn more about stevia, visit www.sugarfreestevia.net.
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