By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) — In George Orwell’s famous allegorical novelAnimal Farm, he writes, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” While Orwell wrote this to show how the pigs in his book used language to control the subordinate species on the farm, the statement can be a useful way to view our food options. Now, more than ever, it seems that people are looking to cut down their refined sugar intake, or cut it out of their diets completely. However, this poses a challenge for many people. Aside from still wanting to appease our sweet tooth, refined sugars are in the lion’s share of processed foods that we find in the grocery store.
Of course it’s easy to say that we’ll forsake all processed foods for an all-natural diet, but many people quickly realize that what we say and do are often two different things: it’s not so easy to cut processed foods out of a diet completely. Switching to artificial sweeteners may seem like a better option, especially for baking and using with coffee, tea and other beverages because of their low calorie count.
Fortunately, the sweetening elements of the stevia plant have been suggested to be “more equal” than the run-of-the-mill artificial sweeteners. This is because stevia is all-natural, derived from the leaves of a South American plant that has been used as a sweetener for centuries in its raw, unprocessed form. The leaves of this small green plant have a delicious taste that can be many sweeter than sugar.
High-purity stevia extract from the plant is known as Reb A, which is used in powder or liquid form to sweeten foods. Even though Reb A can be hundreds of times sweeter than an equivalent amount of sugar, it has zero calories and a low glycemic index. It is also heat and pH stable, making it an ideal option for use in a wide range of baked goods. What’s more, Reb A, unlike sugar, does not affect blood glucose or insulin levels, which may make it a sugar substitute for those with diabetes to consider.
Stevia First Corp. is a development-stage agricultural biotechnology company focused on the growth, manufacturing and production of the stevia plant.
“We are focused on providing a safe, healthy and delicious alternative to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners,” says Robert Brooke, CEO of Stevia First. “Our goal is to have stevia become a globally accessible, affordable and sustainable alternative. We want it not only to improve consumers’ diets, but also be produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way, using proprietary fermentation methods combined with modern U.S. agricultural innovations.”