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What is Stevia?

Stevia is the healthiest natural sugar substitute, and the most trusted natural sweet plant on Earth.  Stevia is an herb with a naturally sweet taste.  It is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. has no calories, no carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index. Stevia has been used for thousands of years as a food enhancer by Paraguayans.  It is now being grown commercially and widely used, instead of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, splenda and xylitol in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, United States, Canada, Middle East, Europe, China and Thailand.  It has been used as a healthy alternative to sugar for people seeking overall improved health including controlling blood sugar, [1]preventing hypertension, treating skin disorders, preventing tooth decay and controlling Candida.  Other studies show that it is a natural antiviral agent and antibacterial as well.  It is a great natural sweetener choice for [2]diabetics, and people on a basic diet to control severe liver or kidney diseases such as Hepatitis C.  Due to its zero calorie nature, it is extremely useful to obese persons that are attempting to lose body fat.  Because it is a natural sweetening agent, it reduces sugar cravings by fooling the body into a state of satiation. This will result in less sweet food being craved, thus it reduces caloric intake.  It will help with the suppression of appetite, without having to resort to products containing stimulants.

Stevia has been approved as a sweetening agent in countries like Japan, China and Brazil.  In fact, it is regularly used in food preparation and pharmaceutical products in Korea, Japan, China, and the Pacific Rim countries.  In Japan alone, an estimated 50 tons of stevioside is consumed annually. In Canada and the United States, stevia has been approved as a dietary supplement.  However, in December 2008, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) stated it is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use as a general purpose sweetener.  A Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JEFCA ), United Nations and World Health Organization concluded that they are safe for their intended use - to sweeten foods and beverages and established a permanent Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level.   [3]In November 2012, Health Canada added Stevia to it’s list of permitted sweeteners to be used as a table top sweetener and as a sweeter in certain food categories.  



This sweet plant is nutrient rich, containing substantial amounts of Protein, Calcium, Phosphorous, Sodium, Magnesium, Zinc, Rutin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and other nutrients, yet has no caloric value.  It has proven beneficial for many when used as a dietary supplement.  Studies have shown the following benefits from using Stevia in one's diet:

  • Helps reduce blood pressure;

  • Control blood sugar levels,

  • 100% Natural Sweetener;

  • Non-fermentable, non-discoloring;

  • Maintains heat stability at 95 C and features a lengthy shelf life. Unlike artificial sweeteners, it doesn't break down with heat, so you can learn to cook

  • Natural Flavor enhancer;

  • Acts as Plaque retardant Anti-caries and prevents cavities;

  • Non-toxic extensively tested and used by humans with no adverse effects;

  • It has excellent healing capabilities without scarring if placed on a cut.

 Although, studies around the world show no negative side effects of Stevia and although it has only been tested in animals, we strongly advise people on medications for any kind of disease or pregnant women to consult their doctors or pharmacists before taking Stevia.


[1] Chadtsudthipong, V., and Chatchai Muanprasat, “Stevioside and related compounds: Therapeutic benefits beyond sweetness” Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Vol. 121, Issue 1, 2009, p.41-54
[2] Misra, H., Soni, M.,Silawat, N., Mehta, D., Mehta, B.K. and Jain D.C.,” Antidiabetic activity of medium-polar extract from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana Bert. (Bertoni) on alloxan-induced diabetic rats.”Journal of Pharmacy and BioAllied Science, Vol. 3(2), 2011, p.242-248
[3] “Information and Consultation Document on Health Canada's Proposal to Allow the Use of the Food Additive Steviol Glycosides as a Table-Top Sweetener and as a Sweetener in Certain Food Categories”, Public Involvment and Partnership, Food and Nutrition, Health Canada, 30 November 2012. Web. 2012

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