The Answer is Stevia!
What sweetens, is non-toxic, does not add calories, and is derived from a plant native to South America?
The answer is Stevia!
Unlike other sugar substitutes, Stevia is natural and related to garden flowers like chrysanthemums, daisies, ragweed, and asters. It is anywhere from 30 to 150 times sweeter than sugar, heat-stable, pH-stable, and does not raise blood glucose levels. Can you believe it!?
Stevia has been used for medicinal purposes and food for hundreds of years! Stevia seems to have many health benefits. Since 2008, Stevia has been considered GRAS (generally recognized as safe) in the United States, and many international health agencies have acknowledged its safety as well.
Stevia is truly a fantastic sweetener!
Stevia is a healthy substitute to sugar that sweetens foods without adverse health effects. Using Stevia instead of sugar may help reduce calorie intake, blood sugar levels, and even prevent cavities in our teeth (something we’re all concerned about with our kiddos!). KidsLuv comes in three Stevia-sweetened flavors that parents can feel confident giving to their kids without increasing their sugar intake.
Stevia is an excellent alternative to sugar in foods and beverages for children and adults as it adds sweetness without increasing calories — just another great reason to choose KidsLuv beverages since they use Stevia as their sweetener!
Encouraging our kids to lead a healthy, active lifestyle is an integral factor in supporting their overall wellness. Becoming your (and your kiddos) best health advocate is about making healthy choices for you and your family. Choosing foods and beverages sweetened with natural ingredients like Stevia helps control sugar intake and keep calories in check, which are essential components of maintaining a healthy body weight and reducing the risk for diet-related disease. We're all looking for safer alternatives for our kids — Stevia is just that!
Nancy Guberti is a Functional Medicine Specialist, Nutritionist, and passionate to empower others to become their health advocate. She is the founder of Total Wellness Empowerment Membership & Podcast, Look and Feel Great Method, and Raising Achievers & Givers: Positively Powerful Parent program. Learn more & be empowered at nancyguberti.com.
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