Stevia and its Antibacterial Properties
San Antonio TX. Expert studies have shown that the antibacterial properties of stevia may help with gingivitis, cavities, tooth decay and mouth sores. Cavities develop when oral bacteria forms acids that damage healthy teeth.Stevia may inhibit the reproduction and growth of oral bacteria, which can prevent mouth and gum diseases.
Stevia is extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, used for more than 1500 years by the Guaraní people from Brazil and Paraguay, to sweeten their local mate tea and as medicine. In fact, the indigenous people chewed the stevia leaves for their sweet taste. Rachel Cheatham, PhD, Executive Director of Global Stevia Institute (GSI) said that: “Many hundreds of years ago people in South America really did chew on the whole leaf.”
Stevia may suppress the development and reproduction of infectious organisms in the gums and teeth, inhibit the growth of plaque and may improve overall oral health. Several experts say that simply gargling with stevia mouthwash or brushing your teeth with stevia added to toothpaste may be beneficial. Stevia mouthwash can be made by adding 3-4 drops of stevia extract in half a cup of lukewarm water or steep half a cup of tea with stevia leaves or teabag and gargle three to four times a day. You can also add 2 drops of stevia extract to your regular toothpaste. People who have used stevia as a mouthwash have reported significant decrease in gingivitis and other mouth infections.
As stevia is a non-cariogenic sweetener, consuming foods containing it will not cause tooth decay. SVETIA® with stevia extract, a calorie free sweetener produced by METCO FOODS INC. can be used as to sweeten beverages, such as tea and lemonade. It has no bitter aftertaste, that is, it does not produce any unpleasant taste nor does it leave any such residues in the mouth. You can find SVETIA® with stevia extract at your nearby HEB store in Texas.
SVETIA® Calorie – Free Sweetener is made with cane sugar and stevia extract. One packet of SVETIA® contains only one gram of carbohydrates. People with diabetes are advised to check with their registered dietitian or physician.