Stevia

Used In: Classic - Immune - Focus - Chiea Vida


Stevia rebaudiana is an herb in the chrysanthemum family which grows wild as a small shrub in parts of Paraguay and Brazil. The glycosides in its leaves, including up to 10 percent stevioside, account for its incredible sweetness. There are indications that stevia has been used to sweeten a native beverage called mate´ since pre-Columbian times.

In general, stevia is an all-natural herbal sweetener with centuries of safe usage by native Indians in Paraguay. It has been thoroughly tested dozens of times around the world and has been found to be completely non-toxic. It has also been consumed safely in massive quantities for the past twenty years.

Stevia can replace sugar in the diet. Refined sugar is virtually devoid of nutritional benefits and, at best, represents empty calories in the diet. The crude stevia leaves and herbal powder are reported to be 10-15 times sweeter than table sugar. The refined extracts of Stevia called steviosides claim to be 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar.

Stevia can replace artificial sweeteners in the diet. Refined stevia extracts are considered to be non-caloric. Stevia offers a safe, all-natural, alternative to other, possibly toxic, artificial sweeteners.