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How to Grow Stevia Plant

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Stevia is a perennial herb, native of South America, that has been used as a natural sweetener for more than 1,500 years
  • Given it is up to 200 times sweeter than sugar, has zero calories and does not spike your blood sugar, stevia is an appealing alternative to sugar if you are trying to lose weight or simply reduce your consumption of sugary sweets
  • Among its known health benefits, stevia acts as a natural antioxidant, inhibits the growth of cavity-promoting bacteria, promotes weight loss, reduces high blood pressure and regulates your blood sugar
  • Because stevia seeds are poor germinators, you may choose to grow stevia by using cuttings or nursery plants

The herb stevia is one of my favorite options for an occasional sweetener. It's a safe, natural plant that has been around for more than 1,500 years. Stevia is up to 200 times sweeter than sugar and does not spike your blood sugar, making it an ideal substitute for diabetics and dieters alike. Stevia is often a better choice than honey, maple syrup and molasses. Particularly if you've been using artificial sweeteners, you will want to give stevia a try.

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