Get The Real Scoop On Stevia
A sugar substitute that is in a class all its own.
Stevia is a popular, all-natural, zero calorie sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species called Stevia rebaudiana— more commonly referred to as sweet leaf. The name stevia is derived from Spanish botanist and physician Petrus Jacobus Stevus, who studied the plant and was a professor of botany at the University of Valencia back in the 1500’s. The plant has origins traced back to South Africa and about 240 species of the stevia plant can be found worldwide.
For more than 1,500 years, stevia has been used as a sweetener. The Guarani peoples of South America called it “sweet herb” and used it to sweeten beverages long ago.
Even though this natural sweetener has been used for years in other countries, such as Japan, Paraguay, and Brazil, it wasn’t until 2008 that stevia was approved for use here in the US. This natural sweetener is considered so desirable and earning much good press because it offers powerful sweet taste while creating a negligible effect on blood glucose.
Stevia is a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South African stevia plant. It is considered completely safe in its natural form.