- Stevia is a genus of
about 150 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family
(Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central
- Rebiana is the trade
name for a stevia-derived sweetener being developed jointly by The
Coca-Cola Company and Cargill with the intent of marketing in several
countries and gaining regulatory approval in the US and EU. Truvia is
Cargill's consumer brand of Rebiana-based sweetener.
- The species Stevia
rebaudiana Bertoni, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or
simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves.
- As a sugar substitute,
stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar,
although some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like
aftertaste at high concentrations.
- Stevia also has shown
promise in medical research for treating such conditions as obesity and
high blood pressure.Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, even
enhancing glucose tolerance; therefore, it is attractive as a natural
sweetener to diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets.
- Today, stevia is
cultivated and used in food elsewhere in east Asia, including in China ,
Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Malaysia.
- It can also be found in
Saint Kitts and Nevis, in parts of South America and in Israel. China is
the world's largest exporter of stevioside.
- Stevia species are
found in the wild in semi-arid habitats ranging from grassland to mountain
terrain. Stevia does produce seeds, but only a small percentage of them
germinate. Planting cloned stevia is a more effective method of
- Stevia is recognized as
Sweetener, several times sweeter than Sugar. FDA recognized it as Food
Supplement. Stevioside is the most powerful form of the stevia glycoside
and is usually available in either a white powder or liquid extract. It is
found to have Medicinal Properties.
- Stevia is used in
toothpaste, mouthwashes, Skincare, Diabetic, Hypertension treatment and
blood pressure control, Calcium antagonist, Bacterial agent, Pill and
capsule additive to improve taste.
- Many Uses for Stevia
Products and Extracts are in table top sweetener for tea, coffee and
beverages, Soft drinks, cordials, fruit juices, Ice creams, yoghurts,
sherbets, Pastries, pies, baking, Jams, sauces, pickles, Jellies, desserts
, Chewing gum, Candies, confectioneries, Sea-foods, vegetables .
- Stevia's major
consumption is in Japan. Stevia is commercially grown in Paraguay, Brazil,
Uruguay, Central America, Israel, China, Thailand, and the United States.
In India too, farmers are taking interest in this herb.
- Concentrated extracts
are made from proprietary process by companies in Canada, USA,
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