Stevia vs Sugar

Stevia vs Sugar

Potency

Sugar is extracted from sugar cane and sugar beets, as these plants are the only ones to contain enough sugar within its tissue to be extracted and turned into table sugar. In contrast, stevia is extracted from the stevia rebaudiana plant. When refined, stevia is 300 time sweeter than sugar allowing the usage of less for the same taste.

Calories

When it comes to sugar, 2 tsp. provides approximately 30 calories. Stevia on the other hand, provides less than 5 calories for 2 tsp. Furthermore, stevia extract provides 0 calories. An abundance of calories is what leads to weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular risk and more.

Glycaemic Index (Blood Sugar)

Glycaemic index is the affect a food has on raising an individual’s blood sugar level. Sugar contains large amounts of carbohydrates, which is why it provides so many calories, and therefore yields a high glycaemic index of 80. For this reason it is very harmful to diabetics. For example, an apple has a glycaemic index of 39, while chips have a glycaemic index of 95. Stevia on the other hand has a glycaemic index of 0 making it perfect for diabetics.

Hypertension

A large scale published study in China found that after 2 years using stevia, subjects experienced a decrease in hypertension – abnormally high blood pressure due to restricted circulation. Further evidence suggest that stevia may also help lower blood glucose level and reduce metabolic syndrome risk for diabetics. In contrast, sugar has well-documented effects on driving obesity, insulin resistance and overall inflammation within the body.

Cravings

Sugars interaction with the brain makes it addictive. Even artificial sweeteners like aspartame induce sugar cravings, even though they are marketed for their low glycaemic index. Furthermore, side effects of sugars include dizziness, headaches and stomach pains. Since stevia does not have the same interaction with the brain and does not drive inflammation, it has been reported to help suppress sweet tooth cravings without side effects.

Teeth

When sugar is consumed, an adhesive layer of bacteria forms on teeth causing plaque and tooth decay. “Polyols” also known as ‘sugar alcohols’, a popular ingredient in tooth paste and some chewing gums, create an environment where bacteria are unable to adhere to teeth and cause tooth decay. The downside of polyols is they are high in calories. Stevia has the benefits of polyols, inhibiting bacteria adhesion to teeth and tooth decay, without the downside of high calories.

Stevia

Sugar

  • 200-300 times sweeter than sugar meaning you can use much less for desired taste
  • 200-300 less sweet than stevia
  • Calorie low-free
  • Heavy in calories
  • Stevia supresses sweet cravings
  • Sugar is addictive and induces cravings
  • Less damaging to teeth as does not create an environment which bacteria grows
  • Cause adhesive layer of bacteria to form on teeth
  • Perfect for diabetics with a glycaemic index of zero
  • High glycaemic index of 80
  • Better option for blood pressure
  • Can drive inflammation and hypertension

 

Dr. Daniel Jones, R & D Director Revive Active Products