The modern diet is filled with refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup and white sugar that have a high glycemic index and can lead to type II diabetes. Even worse, some foods contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin, which are heavy carcinogens and are linked to a range of chronic illnesses. Luckily, this is where SweetLeaf comes in and provides a diverse line of all-natural stevia sweeteners. Discovered more than 1,500 years ago, stevia has been used by the Guarani people of Paraguay to sweeten teas, freshen breath, and treat a range of medical ailments for centuries. Stevia is a small herb with leaves that taste 30 times sweeter than sugar. It also has an incredibly low glycemic index, which has a very small impact on blood sugar levels. Plus, stevia isn’t made or processed with heavy chemicals that can damage our bodies, making it one of the healthiest sweeteners on the market. Thanks to SweetLeaf, you can have the highest quality stevia products right in your home and can be used in a number of recipes, guilt-free. The history of SweetLeaf and Wisdom Natural Brands SweetLeaf is a subsidiary of Wisdom Natural Brands, which is the brainchild of Dr. James A. May (a healthcare executive). He founded Wisdom Natural Brands after a meeting with the Guarani people opened his eyes to the possibilities of nutritional healing. Dr. May began by selling yerba mate teas out of the trunk of his car and with the success of his teas, he was able to establish a brand and expand into other natural Latin and South American products. In 1982, Dr. May discovered stevia and Wisdom Natural Foods was the first company to bring stevia to consumers in the United States, earning him the name “The Father of Stevia.” From there, his company launched SweetLeaf to produce the highest quality stevia products produced by local Latin and South American farmers using only organic methods. As SweetLeaf began to expand, Dr. May started working with the medical community to promote the benefits of stevia as an alternative to unhealthy sugars. Soon, the company grew so renowned that it was prized with awards for producing dozens of products that were innovative, flavorful, and full of health benefits. SweetLeaf’s company mission SweetLeaf promotes the economy of organic farmers all over the globe by sourcing their ingredients from only small family-owned farms. The company also works directly with agricultural scientists to constantly improve organic farming techniques so both the company and the farmers can thrive. Furthermore, SweetLeaf is passionate about improving the living conditions of these organic farmers and their employees, providing them access to potable water, education for their children, and safe housing. Another mission SweetLeaf upholds is a commitment to the health and well being of their consumers. They are focused on promoting the public health goals of the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association by providing diabetic-friendly products. SweetLeaf is also working diligently to promote public awareness about children’s diabetes by partnering with Arizona State University to help parents find healthy alternatives to sugar. That’s not all—the company works directly with Marjorie’s Fund, a global initiative to help people with Type 1 diabetes in third world countries. Benefits of SweetLeaf stevia products Stevia is not just a great alternative to traditional sweeteners; it's also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamins A and C, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, and zinc. These nutrients provide a range of great health benefits on top of the zero carbohydrates and low glycemic index. When choosing SweetLeaf products as a sweetener, you will be amazed at what it provides: With a net zero glycemic index,there will be a reduction in blood sugar levels and easier management of the symptoms of diabetes and hyperglycemia Containing no calories and no carbohydrates, weight loss and management is easier because you don’t have to give up foods like cookies, cakes, and candies The body won’t experience any of the side effects like sugar addiction, hyperactivity, and hard crashes Stevia is also a glycoside, which can relax blood vessels and increase the elimination of sodium, therefore leading to lower blood pressure levels As a strong bactericide, Stevia can actually help ward against pathogenic bacteria, fight bacterial-borne illness, and reduce the risk of infection Sugar can be damaging to bones, so switching to stevia can help improve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis SweetLeaf Products SweetLeaf offers their line of products in two versatile forms: Liquid and powdered. They can be added to any recipe as a substitute for sugar. Here are the amazing stevia products offered by SweetLeaf. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia - Steviaclear For anyone managing diabetes or weight, SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia - Steviaclear is ideal. With non-glycemic response, you can add sweetness to anything without worrying about dangerous spikes in blood sugar. The easy-to-use dropper helps add just the right amount of sweetness to favorite drinks. SweetLeaf Non-GMO Stevia Sweetener Offered in single-serving packets for the ultimate convenience, SweetLeaf Non-GMO Stevia Sweetener is a zero-calorie, zero-carbohydrate sweetener. One small packet is the equivalent of two whole teaspoons of sugar. Add to a morning tea or coffee or use as a substitute in a favorite family cookie recipe, the possibilities are endless. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia - Vanilla Crème For an added burst of flavor in your favorite recipes, try SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia - Vanilla Crème. The warm flavor of vanilla and delightful sweetness of stevia can dress up a morning coffee, add richness to oatmeal, or throw a hint of flavor in yogurt. The best part is, at pennies per drop, you can indulge as much as you want.