Sugar Alternatives Naturally

Story Title: Sugar Alternatives Naturally
Episode: Four
Date: 27th March 2010
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

Growing the amazing herb Stevia can sweeten with no calories.

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  • Sugar is one of the great temptations in our lives; it's used in so many foods and unfortunately it's not that good for us and may be the reason many of us suffer from diabetes later in life. The exciting thing is there is a natural option that doesn't have the calories attached to it that tastes just as good, and you can grow it in your own backyard.
  • Stevia is a wonder herb and known commonly as the sugar leaf. Believe it or not it's related to the sunflower and grows extremely well as an annual in the warmer months.
  • It is considered 30 to 45 times sweeter than sugar and the South American Guarini tribes used it for heartburn for hundreds of years before the Spanish discovered its benefit. Most importantly, it's simple to grow.


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