EN on Herbs

February 2000 Issue

Natural, Low-Calorie Stevia: How Sweet It Is

Just a pinch of stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) on your tongue will more than explain why this plant is called sweet leaf or sweet herb. Native to Paraguay and now cultivated largely in Mexico, Canada and China, stevia is accepted as a low-calorie sweetener in several countries. In the U.S., however, stevia can only be sold as a dietary supplement. It sweetened herbal teas until the Food and Drug Association banned its import in

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