When it comes to eating right, the last thing we want to be suckered into is the latest health fad. While the low-calorie sweetener Stevia is recently making waves in the U.S., it already has an established reputation abroad. If you are wondering whether your senior should make the switch to Stevia, the professional from The Grand Strand Home Care Assistance have compiled the following benefits of this natural sugar replacement below.
A Little Goes a Long Way
One of the reasons Stevia is a popular alternative to sugar is that unlike other sweeteners, it comes from the Stevia plant just like sugar comes from the sugar cane. But unlike sugar, Stevia is very potent. Once it’s refined from the raw leaves of the plant, the resulting powder is around 200-300 times sweeter than ordinary sugar. This means your loved one doesn’t need nearly as much sweetener in your recipes or drinks.
Curbs Sugar Cravings
For many people, sugar leads to sweet cravings. What they may not be aware of is that artificial sweeteners like aspartame also cause cravings for sweet treats, even though they don’t have any calories. This can make staying on a diet harder as it makes resisting sweet treats even more of a challenge. Studies are not yet conclusive, but Stevia is believed to suppress these cravings through a natural property in the Stevia plant.
Good for Oral Health
Sugar that is left on teeth and gums provide fuel for bacteria in the mouth to grow and potentially lead to tooth decay or gingivitis, two concerns that remain important for senior oral health. In contrast, stevia does not promote growth of bad bacteria in the mouth as it doesn’t contain fermentable carbohydrates that cause tooth decay.
Stevia has an additional benefit that might be surprising for a sweetener as it’s also an effective regulator of blood pressure. In South America, where Stevia has been popular for decades, it is used by doctors to supplement treatment for high blood pressure along with changes in lifestyle and medications as needed. If your senior loved one has blood pressure in a healthy range, rest assured that stevia won’t lower it further.
Seniors often have trouble maintaining a healthy diet and managing their sugar intake, which is why a simple switch to Stevia can help. If your loved one has trouble preparing meals and maintaining a healthy diet, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our friendly caregivers are dedicated to helping seniors manage all aspects of daily living, such as nutritious meal preparation, to promote health and wellbeing. In addition to helping seniors with daily activities, we also specialize in numerous services including dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care in The Grand Strand. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (843) 353-3105 and speaking with an experienced Care Manager.