Stevia: a natural sugar substitute for diabetes patients?
Diabetes Sweeteners Stevia

Stevia: a natural sugar substitute for diabetes patients?

Dr Muhammad Zahid Ihsan
Dr Muhammad Zahid Ihsan

In 10 seconds? Stevia, an ancient perennial shrub, is well-known for its sweet taste. Its compound, steviol glycoside is the main component of stevia-based sweeteners, suitable for people with diabetes or those who want to control their weight.

Why is it safe for people with diabetes? People with diabetes have to significantly reduce their sugar intake compared to people who don't suffer from the condition to maintain their blood sugar levels and stop them from jumping up. As stevia is sugar and calorie-free, it can provide a sweet taste without spiking blood sugar levels. This means people with diabetes can enjoy a wider range of foods without the health risks. But there are some caveats, so read on!

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