Watching a friend of mine eat straight stevia leaves, and hearing how much he eats them, I was interested again, in what the benefits are, and why the body would crave them. Stevia can help regulate blood-sugar levels, as a hypoglycemic aid for diabetics. Stevia may also help in lowering high blood pressure but won’t lower normal blood pressure levels. This plant may also curb sugar, tobacco and alcohol cravings.
The leaves contain vitamin C and A, rutin, zinc, magnesium and iron, according to Dr. Sanjeev Gupta in the book “Kick Your Sugar Habit.” It’s rich in antioxidants, which helps to safeguard the body from free-radical damage as a result of metabolic and environmental factors. A particular enzyme present in the leaf, called superoxide dismutast, may also help to inhibit cancer cell growth, although further research is needed.
Recipe of the Day – Orange Cacao Truffles
1 c. Raisins, soaked 10 minutes (save the soak water to add to other dishes)
1/4 c. orange juice
1/8 c. orange rinds
1/4 c. shredded coconut
1/4 c. cacao powder
pinch stevia leaves
- Soak the raisins ten minutes.
- Then grind in a food processor with the orange rinds, coconut and cacao, adding a little of the orange juice at a time to create a stiff dough.
- When the dough starts to form a ball, shape into balls by rolling between your hands.
- Chill for an hour, or so.
Word of the Day – beneficios – benefits
Tip of the Day – Get a little plant to keep in your kitchen. Then you can pluck off a leaf or two, as you need it.
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