Stevia is an herb native to Paraguay. By herbalists, it is known as one of the most health-restorative plants in the world. And baker’s know it as the most potent, sugar free sweetener on the planet.
So what makes stevia so sweet? A combination of molecules called glycosides – including steviosides, rebaudiosides and a dulcosides.
But that’s not all steviua contains. It also has iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, rutin (a flavonoid), vitamin A, vitamin C and more than 53 unique phytonutrients.
Stevia for Sugar Free Desserts
Stevia has been used commercially in Japan and Brazil for more than 20 years.and enjoyed as a sweetener for centuries.
And it’s potent! In fact, stevia extract is 300 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. Stevia can be used for any sweetening purpose you choose – from sweetening up ice tea and coffee to baking delicious sugar free desserts.
Health Benefits of Stevia
So how does something so sweet, have no effect on blood sugar levels?
The body can’t process stevia’s glycoside. They pass right through the body’s elimination channels, contributing no calories and requiring no insulin.
But stevia’s health benefits go beyond that. Stevia has been found:
- Contribute to blood sugar balance
- Enhance weight loss efforts
- Improve energy levels
- Sharpen mental acuity
- Promote healthy blood pressure levels
- Reduce bacteria and other organisms, including those that cause tooth decay and gum disease
Cooking and Baking Sugar Free Desserts with Stevia
Because stevia is a high-octane sweetener, it is easily used to sweeten liquid based foods like beverages, smoothies, and sauces.
But when it comes to baking, using stevia can be tricky.That’s because stevia provides the potent sweetness, but not the bulk of sugar.
Here at Wellness Bakeries you’ll find we use “sweetening synergy” to create sugar free desserts that are perfectly sweet, moist and delicious. We combine the potent sweetening power of stevia with other sugar free and low glycemic sweeteners, to mimic the the tasty baking effects of sugar – without any of its unhealthy effects.
Give Up Sugar… and Keep Your Sweet Tooth Happy!
What if you could satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice (or two!) of the most luxuriously delicious dark chocolate cake, without a care as to how it might affect your health… or your waistline? Now you can!
Our all-natural gluten free Chocolate Bliss Cake is packed with protein, full of fiber and brimming with antioxidants and omega-3s. And because it scores so low on the glycemic index, it is even safe for diabetics. You won’t believe a dessert this good can be this good for you!
To learn more about the amazing, functional ingredients in our cake and how you can taste it for yourself, read our Letter to Dessert Lovers.