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Organic Stevia Extract / Stevia

What is Stevia?

Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, native to South America. It has been used for centuries by indigenous populations in Paraguay and Brazil to sweeten teas and foods.

The sweetness of stevia comes from its natural compounds called steviol glycosides, particularly one known as stevioside, which can be up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Steviol glycosides are isolated and purified from the leaves to create stevia sweeteners.

Health benefits of using Stevia

1. Natural Sweetener:

Stevia is widely used as a sugar substitute due to its intense sweetness without the calories or impact on blood sugar levels. It's considered a low-calorie or zero-calorie sweetener and is used in various food and beverage products marketed as "sugar-free" or "reduced-sugar."

2. Glycemic Index:

Stevia does not raise blood sugar levels, making it a suitable sweetening option for individuals managing diabetes or those on low-carb diets.

3. Variety of Forms: 

Stevia is available in various forms, including powder, liquid extracts, and granules, making it versatile for use in cooking, baking, and beverages.

4. Potential Health Benefits:

Some research suggests that stevia may have potential health benefits beyond its sweetening properties. It's been studied for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and there is ongoing research into its possible role in managing blood pressure and blood sugar levels. However, more research is needed to fully understand these effects.

5. Natural Origin:

Stevia is considered a natural sweetener as it is derived from a plant source. However, some commercially available stevia products may be processed or combined with other ingredients, so it's essential to check the product labels for additives or fillers.


Stevia is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by regulatory bodies like the FDA when used in moderation. However, some people might experience a slight aftertaste with certain stevia products. As with any sweetener, moderation is key, and consulting with a healthcare professional is advisable, especially for individuals with specific health concerns or conditions.

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