Stevia is my hands down favorite non-sugar sweetener. It’s natural and has been used for decades in Japan elsewhere but is relatively new to the US and European markets where it was actually banned for some time. Now that it has become more mainstream and being studied more it seems that there actually may be health benefits from it:
In experiments involving cell cultures, the researchers found that stevia activates TRPM5, which is a protein important for the perception of sweet, bitter, and umami tastes.”The taste sensation is made even stronger by the stevia component steviol, which stimulates TRPM5. This explains the extremely sweet flavor of stevia as well as its bitter aftertaste,” notes Philippaert.Furthermore, TRPM5 prompts the beta cells of the pancreas to release insulin after food intake. This helps to regulate blood sugar levels and prevents the development of type 2 diabetes.
Makes you wonder who funded those early studies that caused it to be banned in the first place.
Source: Medical News Today