Stevia – Why You May Want to Include it in Your Garden This Yearon Mar 27, 2017
Years ago while in my mother’s garden she asked me to try eating the leaf of an
herb that she was growing. I bit into it and it tasted very sweet, unlike any herb I
had ever eaten. My mother went on to explain that it is called Stevia and that it can
be used in place of sugar. Since then I have heard the name quite often, especially in
the past couple of years as many companies use the name to try and sell their not so
natural sugar substitutes.
Thankfully, people are becoming aware of just how bad the consumption of refined
sugar can be. Unfortunately with this realization, companies are taking advantage of
people, touting that their sugar substitutes are healthy alternatives. Sadly in most
instances, these sugar alternatives are just as unhealthy, if not more so. The only
true ‘healthy’ sugar substitutes are those that are derived from nature, such as
honey and maple syrup. Another alternative is one that you can grow right in your
own backyard – the Stevia plant.
Many of the companies claiming that their sugar substitute is healthy do so based
on the premise that they use Stevia. The problem is that they use it in addition to
harmful chemicals. The Stevia plant on its own is completely safe.
Here at My Green Mattress, we know all too well about companies that use a natural
material, mixed with toxic ones and then claim that their product is all natural. It’s
one reason why we obtained a GREENGUARD Gold certification, so that people have a
way to verify that we are a company that can be trusted when it comes to natural and
organic mattresses. But, we digress…
Stevia in its dried and powdered form can be used in place of sugar in baking, while
the whole leaf is great for sweetening drinks, including tea. It’s pretty easy to grow,
as it tolerates most soil conditions and it doesn’t require too much work on the
So, when planning your garden this spring, consider adding a Stevia plant or two,
which will allow you to add a natural sweetness to some of your summer and fall dishes.