Less Is More
Replace the sugar in your diet with 100 per cent natural Stevia if you want to stay svelte and healthy for a long time
It is hardly a revelation that too much sweet stuff is bad for us. Doctors, dentists and dieticians have long cautioned against consuming too much sugar. And the ill effects of excess sugar consumption – weight gain (which increases your risk of diabetes), high blood pressure and heart disease – are well-documented. But just how much damage can an extra serving of cake inflict?
As with everything, the devil is in the details. Studies show that excess sugar decreases our bodies’ immunity. Every two-and-a-half cans of sugared soda, for instance, which contain about eight tablespoons of sugar, decrease the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by up to 40 per cent.
Another study shows that it isn’t easy for people to limit their sugar consumption. With each seemingly harmless extra spoonful of sugar in our coffee or tea, we feed our brains’ “reward nerve centre”, which gets more resistant with repeated exposure. The more sugar we eat, the more we need.
The good news is that most of the bad stuff is caused by refined sugar. And while we might find it hard to give up, replacing it is a much more viable option.
An all-natural sugar alternative is found in the sweet stevia herb, which has been No.1 in health-conscious countries such as Japan since the 1970s. The stevia plant is cultivated in good-quality soil in several continents, then it is dried and soaked in water just like brewing tea. Modern technology is used to purify the sweet extract resulting in a clean and low-calorie natural ingredient suitable for everyone including diabetics and vegetarians. Great with hot and cold beverages such as iced lemon tea, as well as in wholesome breakfast cereals, oatmeal, salads and desserts, one stick or tablet of Equal Stevia provides sweetness equivalent to one teaspoon of sugar. Even better, it contains only 0.4 calories a serving, 98 per cent less than regular sugar.
Equal Stevia comes in packs of 40 sachet sticks ($7.40) and 200 tablets ($12.35), and is available at leading supermarkets