It's Sweet!

Stevia, a naturally sweet herb used for hundreds of years in South America and parts of Central America, has: (1)

  • No calories
  • No harmful chemicals
  • No carbohydrates

Stevia compounds have been found to be up to 270 times sweeter than sugar, but it doesn't cause the unhealthy spikes in blood glucose levels. These sweet facts might just make stevia the best sugar substitute for those looking for a healthier alternative to sugar. (1-2)

Stevia has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in foods and beverages and has been used in Japan for decades. New products marketed by Tropicana, PepsiCo, and Coca Cola are already being introduced, although stevia has been available as a sweetener in many health food stores for years. (3)

Works Cited

  1. Stevia rebaudiana (Bert.) Bertoni - A Review. Madan, Swati, et al., et al. [ed.] Sunita Garg. 3, New Delhi: National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources, September 2010, Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources, Vol. 1, pp. 267-286. ISSN: 0976-0504.
  2. Hale, Andy D. Stevia rebaudiana: Propiedades, Mercados y Factibilidad de Producción de un Cultivo de Venta al Contado en Bolivia. USAID. [Online] December 3, 2001. [Cited: April 12, 2014.] http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNACU375.pdf.
  3. Kobylewski, Sarah and Eckhert, Curtis D. Toxicology of Rebaudioside A: A Review. Center for Science in the Public Interest. [Online] University of California: Department of Molecular Toxicology and School of Public Health, August 14, 2008. [Cited: April 1, 2014.] University of California: Department of Molecular Toxicology and School of Public Health. http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/stevia-report_final-8-14-08.pdf.
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