Stevia

Alexis C. and Chris C.

Brand Names

  • Truvia
  • Sweetleaf
  • Steviaclear
  • NuNaturals
  • Now Foods BetterStevia

How is Stevia Produced?

Stevia is a small green plant native to Paraguay. To produce stevia, the leaves of the stevia plant are dried and specific proteins are extracted using water. The different molecules are separated and distributed for different uses.

Benefits of Stevia

  • No Calories
  • Natural
  • Doesn't affect blood sugar levels (safe for diabetics)
  • Non-toxic and non-addictive
  • 250-300 times sweeter than sugar

Potential Problems

  • Side effects such as : dizziness, muscle pain, numbness, nausea, gas, and bloating.
  • Not recommended for use by pregnant women
  • Possibly a carcinogen
  • Possible contraceptive effect

Long Term Prospects of Stevia

Since stevia is still relatively new on the market, safety tests and research are still being done. It has been used for over 1500 years in Paraguay and for over 20 years in Japan and is now becoming prominent in the U.S. market.