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Do you have a sweet tooth, but have to watch what you eat? You should try consuming stevia in place of natural sugar. The alternate is extracted from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant species. Although it works as a sweetener, is it healthy for you? More research is needed, but there have been several health benefits discovered. On the other hand, there are also risks of stevia.

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1. Benefit: Controls Diabetes

Stevia is an ideal replacement for traditional sugar, especially if you have diabetes or a carbohydrate-controlled diet. That way, you can enjoy sweet foods without dealing with diabetic complications. Unlike normal sugar made of sucrose, stevia contains stevioside. It is a glycoside compound, not a carbohydrate. Table sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. As stevioside breaks down, the glucose is absorbed in the colon by bacteria.

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