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Stevia. Noelia Jimenez Geo 6. What is Stevia?. In Paraguay Stevia is called Ka’a He’ê , in Guarani the native language. Used for centuries as a medicinal herb and sweetener for "mate", or hot herbal tea. Currently widely available in liquid form as a sugar substitute. Cont ….

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Stevia

Stevia

Noelia Jimenez

Geo 6


What is stevia

What is Stevia?

  • In Paraguay Stevia is called Ka’aHe’ê, in Guarani the native language. Used for centuries as a medicinal herb and sweetener for "mate", or hot herbal tea. Currently widely available in liquid form as a sugar substitute.


Stevia

Cont…

  • Is an herb native to Central and South America. Also known as sugar leaf, honey leaf or sweet leaf, it's been traditionally used in Paraguay to sweeten yerba mate tea and as a medicinal herb to treat a variety of health conditions. Composed of aglycone and glycoside.

  • Stevia was introduced by the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), and it is gaining popularity in the United States.


Where we can find stevia

Where we can find Stevia?

  • Stevia grew wild in the highland region of Northern Paraguay and Southern Brazil. It was later cultivated for use as a sweetener until the introduction of sugar cane by the Spanish and Portuguese. Today Stevia is grown around the world from China, Japan and other Asian countries to South America, Europe, India, the Ukraine and even North America.


Stevia

Map


Types

Types:

  • Stevia Leaves

  • Liquid Extracts

  • Powdered Extracts


Fda approved stevia

FDA approved Stevia

  • The Food and Drug Administration has declared the herb stevia safe for use in foods and beverages, which allows Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and other companies to market it in a variety of products. Coke introduced a reduced-calorie version of Sprite, called Sprite Green, and some Odwalla juice drinks with stevia extract. Pepsi has SoBeLifewater, and an orange-juice drink called Trop50, containing half the calories and sugar of orange juice.


Some facts

Some facts..

  • Good quality stevia leaves, whether whole, cut and sifted or in tea bags, are about 30 times sweeter than sugar and have no calories.

  • Since its introduction into the US, numerous people have reported that taking 20-30 drops with each meal brought their blood glucose levels to normal or near normal within a short time period.

  • Stevia is an exceptional aid in weight loss and weight management because it contains no calories and reduces one's craving for sweets and fatty foods.


Some products that contains stevia

Some products that contains Stevia


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