Organic Stevia Rebaudiana Raw Leaf Powder
Our Na'vi Organics Raw Stevia Leaf Powder is grown in Spain on an organically certified farm, where after harvesting it is naturally dried and ground. We receive it just after it has been dried, supplying you with a freshly dried powder with the fantastic super sweet taste it is known for.
Stevia has been used as a sweetener and medicinal herb in various cultures around the world for millennia, however recently it has become popular in the modern world as an alternative to sugar.
However, in the modern world's rush to remove the liquorice style taste from the natural leaf, most forms of stevia-based sweeteners go through a huge amount of processing including bleaching to chemical alteration to create an end product that sweetens without taste, thus compromising the balanced and good effect of the whole leaf, and instead of producing another convenient way to sweeten without taste, but gives the body yet another toxic substance to deal with.
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There are two compounds in stevia that are responsible for the sweetness: Stevioside and Rebaudioside A. Rebaudioside A is most often extracted and used in stevia powders and sweeteners, but it is not usually the only ingredient. In fact, most stevia sweeteners on the market contain added erythritol from corn, dextrose or other artificial sweeteners.
Stevioside only makes up about 10% of the sweetness in stevia but also has the unusual bitter aftertaste that many people don’t like in stevia. It also contains most of the beneficial properties of stevia that are credited with the health benefits and is the most well studied.
Stevia as a medicinal herb has been used for centuries but has also been recently studied for its health benefits. One double-blind placebo study found that regular consumption of stevia can help reduce blood pressure for patients with mild hypertension. Another study found that stevia may have the potential to reduce breast cancer cell growth, though this hasn’t been extensively researched yet.
Follow up studies have uncovered potential benefits in reducing blood sugar and in avoiding other types of cancer growth. In addition, most people who consume stevia use it as an alternative for sugar, and simply avoiding sugar can have health benefits of its own.
100% pure organic Stevia Rebaudiana Raw Leaf Powder
(please note that natural stevia leaf does have a liquorice type flavour, and is not taste-free like normal sugar/other artificial sweeteners)
No added fillers or preservatives
Product carefully sourced from Spain
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You can either use the powder as it comes, in baking or for sweetening anything.
Or you can use the powder to make a healthy syrup. Half a teaspoon of stevia syrup is as sweet as a cup of sugar.
Add 2 cups of warm water to half a cup of dried stevia powder. Cover the mixture and leave it to steep for 24 hours. Strain the mixture, then gently heat the remaining liquid on a low heat, reducing it to a concentrated syrup. The syrup should last for at least 6 months if kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.