Is Stevia Good for Diabetics?? Is Stevia Better Than Sugar?? Get all Your Answers Here!!

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Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 21-Dec-2021Read Time : 2 minutes
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Sugar and diabetics need to be as far away from each other as possible. If you are a diabetic who loves to eat sweets, you should try stevia, an artificial sweetener, to satisfy your sweet tooth! However, is Stevia good for diabetes? Let’s read further to know more about this artificial sweetener.

Contents:
  • Stevia: Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Stevia for Diabetes
  • Ways to Consume Stevia for Diabetes
  • Best Time To Consume Stevia
  • Risk of Overconsumption of Stevia
  • Other Health Benefits of Stevia
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Stevia: Nutritional Profile

Stevia is a carb- and calorie-free sweetener. Being an alternative to sugar, it can be used in very minimal amounts to sweeten your dishes without adding calories to your diet. Moreover, it is cholesterol, sodium, fat and calorie-free.

1 gram of stevia contains the following: 

Calories: 0

Fat: 0g

Sodium: 0mg

Carbohydrates: 0g

Fiber: 0g

Sugars: 0g

Protein: 0g

Advantages of Stevia for Diabetes

  • Lower your blood glucose levels
  • Increases insulin sensitivity
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Does not make you obese.

Ways to Consume Stevia for Diabetes

Stevia powder can be used instead of table sugar in your drinks and desserts. However, here are some other ways to use stevia for diabetes. 

1. Stevia Leaf Lemonade

Use the fresh leaves in your regular beverage like lemonade and tea. Mix the leaves with lemon juice and add water. Your limey lemonade is ready.

2. Stevia Herbal Tea

Make an herbal tea by boiling stevia and mint leaves in water. Drink this concoction with or without straining.

How Much and How Frequently To Be Consumed?

Stevia can be consumed at any time during the day. It is the best alternative to table sugar. 1 tablespoon (4.2 grams) of stevia is recommended for a diabetic everyday. As and when you feel the need for taking sugar, it is recommended that you switch to stevia instead.

Risks of Overconsumption of Stevia

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low blood pressure
  • Kidney damage

Other Health Benefits of Stevia For Diabetics

  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Has anti-cancer properties
  • Prevents diarrhea and other gastric ailments
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Lowers your blood glucose levels

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Stevia is an artificial sweetener that is a good choice for diabetics.
  • Opt for stevia if you are looking for a healthier alternative
  • Use stevia instead of your regular sugar in your sweets and desserts
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India's leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let's treat diabetes together.

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