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About Stevia What is Stevia? Stevia is a safe, 100% natural* no‐calorie sweetener that gives you the sweet taste you want, but without all the calories. Stevia is a plant native to South America that has been used as a natural sweetener in foods and beverages for hundreds of years. Scientific and Common Names: Stevia rebaudiana ‐‐ the name of the stevia plant Steviol Glycosides ‐‐ scientific name for the sweet substance within the stevia leaf Reb A and Rebiana ‐‐ common names for one of the sweet steviol glycosides within the stevia leaf Is Stevia Safe? The safety of stevia for human consumption has been established through rigorous peer‐reviewed research and the FDA and the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives recognize it as safei. More than 200 extensive studies have been conducted on stevia attesting to its safety. What Are The Benefits of Stevia? Stevia offers a number of potential health benefits to consumers. Stevia sweetened foods can be an effective way of reducing calories without compromising the sweet taste consumers enjoy. Stevia is a good choice for people with diabetes. Studies have shown that stevia may increase insulin sensitivity and have beneficial effects on blood glucose and insulin levelsii. Stevia is tooth friendly and may actually help prevent cavities since it significantly inhibits the development of plaqueiii. Emerging research shows possible benefits of stevia in treating obesityiv Where Do I Find Stevia? Stevia can be found in hundreds of food and beverage products from around the world including teas, soft drinks, juices, yogurt, soymilk, baked goods, cereal, salad dressings, confections and as a tabletop sweetenerv. Where Can I Go For More Information? Visit the Global Stevia Institute at www.globalsteviainstitute.com for the latest information on stevia. *Natural definition may vary by country i US Food and Drug Administration. Has stevia been approved by the USA to be used as a sweetener? Accessed at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Basics/ucm194320.htm. ii Hormone & Metabolic Research, 2005; 37,610‐616; Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 1986, 19, 771‐774; Metabolism, 2004, 53, 73‐76. iii Xili L, Chengjiany B, Eryi X, Reiming S, Yuengming W, Haodong S and Zhiyian H. Chronic oral toxicity and carcinogenicity study of stevioside in rats. Food and Chemical Toxicology 1992: 30, 957‐65. iv Anton SD, Martin CK, Han H, Coulon S, Cefalu WT, Geiselman P, Williamson DA.Effects of stevia, aspartame, and sucrose on food intake, satiety, and postprandial glucose and insulin levels. Appetite 2010 Mar 18. v Mintel International Group Limited. Stevia and Other Natural Sweeteners, August 2009.
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