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What is Stevia?

 

Stevia is a plant native to South and Central America, which has naturally sweet leaves. The Stevia extract from this plant is thought to be 250-300 times sweeter than ordinary table sugar.

Stevia has been used for centuries in South America as a natural sweetener in food and drinks. It was also used for medicinal purposes, for obesity, hypertension, heartburn and as a cardiac stimulant.

In the 1970s Japan began to cultivate Stevia as an alternative to the sweeteners cyclamate and saccharin, which were suspected of being carcinogens. The Japanese are the biggest consumers of Stevia, using it in food products, soft drinks, including well known brands, and can be found on tables in place of sugar.

Since Stevia extract was approved in December 2011 for use in the EU, Stevia has been appearing more and more on our supermarket shelves and in some of our well known brands of beverages.

 

Sweet Solutions - natural Stevia extract sweetener

Sweet Solutions - liquid Stevia sweetener

Sweet Solutions - natural Stevia extract sweetener
 

Why use Stevia instead of sugar or other sweeteners?

 

Stevia contains no calories, no carbohydrates, doesn't cause tooth decay, does not affect blood sugar levels and is thought to be safe for diabetics to use. Making it a very appealing alternative to sugar and sweeteners which can have harmful effects on the body. Sugar is now coming into the forefront as one of the major causes in weight gain and obesity, which in turn results in a multitude of health problems.

Stevia has no known health risks compared to artificial sweeteners, some of which can cause many health problems, spanning from migraines to even risks of cancer!

 

 

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