SweetLeaf Sweetener Finds That Cooking and Baking Can Reduce Stress

GILBERT, Ariz., April 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- These continue to be difficult times for everyone. COVID-19 has nearly the entire country staying home and feeling isolated. The uncertainty of what the future holds has many people filled with stress, fear, and anxiety. SweetLeaf Sweetener has found studies that show how spending time in the kitchen can be helpful in making one feel better.

For those looking for a happier time, research has shown that spending time in the kitchen can relieve stress and anxiety. According to Smithsonian Magazine (1), anyone in need of lifted spirits should consider warming up the oven.

Creative expression is closely related to overall well-being. Baking and cooking is not only a creative activity, it also communicates good feelings, generates happy thoughts, and can remove stress and anxiety. Cooking for one's self has the additional reward of being able to eat what you've made, the way you like it; however, cooking for others may have an even greater benefit for you personally.

Carol May, CEO of Wisdom Natural Brands adds, "At the heart of baking and cooking for yourself or loved ones is the very definition of giving. That process can increase a feeling of well-being; sharing with others can even increase that feeling."

There's much written about the connection between creative expression and overall well-being. Julie Ohana, a licensed clinical social worker, told the Huffington Post (2), "In many cultures, in many countries, food really is an expression of love, and it's actually beautiful because it's something we really all relate to." Baking and cooking for others creates a connection and gives the pleasure of making a positive contribution to the world in which we live.

According to Psychology Today (3), it isn't our circumstance that defines our life, but rather what is within us and how we allow that experience to impact us. A simple analogy: boiling water will soften a potato, but the same boiling water will harden an egg. It is the same water that surrounds the food, but what's inside the food determines the end result.

"Stress is related to a host of mental and physical problems and finding ways to cope is important to leading a healthy life," says Susan Whitbourne, professor of psychology and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts. "Baking can be a helpful way to communicate one's feelings."

SweetLeaf can be a way to help lift spirits by offering recipes for simple meals, desserts, snacks, and beverages. Recipes can be found at: https://www.sweetleaf.com/stevia-recipes/ To shop products at home, go to: https://shopsweetleaf.com/.

1 "Feeling Down? Scientists Say Cooking and Baking Could Make You Feel Better." https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feeling-down-scientists-say-cooking-and-baking-may-help-you-feel-better-180961223/, Smithsonian Magazine, November 2016, accessed April 2020
2 "Psychologists Explain the Benefits of Baking for Other People." https://www.huffpost.com/entry/baking-for-others-psychology_n_58dd0b85e4b0e6ac7092aaf8, Huffington Post, March 2017, accessed April 2020
3 "Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Up Mental Well-Being." https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/minding-the-body/201505/kitchen-therapy-cooking-mental-well-being, Psychology Today, May 2015, accessed April 2020

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About WISDOM NATURAL BRANDS, maker of SweetLeaf Sweeteners
Wisdom Natural Brands®, based in Gilbert, Ariz., has been the leading stevia expert and industry pioneer with its plant-based SweetLeaf® Sweeteners brand for more than 35 years. SweetLeaf is the only stevia brand winning 36 awards for taste and innovation. SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit is a 1:1 sugar replacement and available in granular, squeezable, and liquid drops, totalling 18 products. SweetLeaf Sweeteners have zero calories, no sugars, a non-glycemic response, and no artificial ingredients. SweetLeaf Stevia is sold in boxes containing 35 or 70 packets and shaker jars (organic or natural) for easy home use. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops® add flavor without calories, no sugars, or artificial sweeteners to foods, beverages, and recipes. Organic Sweet Drops are available in three popular flavors: English Toffee, Vanilla Crème, and SteviaClear®. SweetLeaf Stevia Water Drops® add delicious flavor to still or sparkling water. New Better than Sugar!® powdered and granular, natural and organic, is a sugar replacement measuring cup-for-cup like sugar--without any of the calories or carbs and no sugar. SweetLeaf Sugar-Free Stevia Syrup, in three popular flavors, brings the incredible sweetness of stevia and monk fruit, with only 70 calories per serving. Wisdom introduced herbal blends made from Yerba Maté through its Wisdom of the Ancients® brand, one of the most respected herbal lines in the natural industry. Wisdom of the Ancients herbal blends are available in bags and loose leaves and come in a variety of beneficial flavors. And new no-sugar, zero-calorie Yerba Maté Energy Shots, available in regular and orange flavors, provide energy with 200 nutrients and 100% naturally occurring caffeine. SweetLeaf Sweeteners and Wisdom of the Ancients' products are available at: Shop.SweetLeaf.com, health food stores, natural groceries, supermarkets, and online retailers.

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