We all know that sugar can be a deadly, but we eat it anyway. Artificial sweeteners can be just as harmful. Take charge today and grow your own natural sweetener that is guaranteed to be healthy and has no calories.
Stevia is a remarkable plant that is used in many parts of the world as a natural herbal sweetener. In Japan, for example, about 40% of the sweetener market is stevia-based. Stevia leaves are 30 times sweeter than sugar but contain virtually no calories. It is native to South America, where its use as a sweetener has been known for at least 1,500 years. In the U.S., due to pressure from the powerful sugar lobby, Stevia is regulated by the FDA and until recently could be offered only as a dietary supplement.
Here are two excellent nurseries where you can find quality Stevia plants to start living healthier. It is recommended to start with plants instead of seeds. Even if you could get them to germinate, results can prove disappointing, since stevioside levels can vary greatly in plants grown from seed.
The Herbal Advantage in Rogersville, MO. http://www.herbaladvantage.com/
Richter’s Herbs in Goodwood, Ontario. https://www.richters.com/
Stevia plants can be grown outside or indoors. They are easily killed by frost and should be kept above 50-degrees F. Once ready to harvest, dry out the leaves, crush and mix ¼ cup of Stevia finely crushed leaves with 1 cup of water. Let stand for 24 hours, strain and refrigerate. You will have your own liquid Stevia extract to use in the place of sugar.