What is stevia?

    Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni) is a natural sweetener alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, obtained from a bush native to Paraguay and Brazil. and widely consumed in Japan for more than 30 years. Stevia extract is 100 to 300 times sweeter than cane sugar.
    Known in the native peoples as Ka'a He'ê (sweet herb), it has been used for centuries by the Guaraní Indians.

    In 1887 the Swiss naturalist Moisés Santiago Bertoni was the first to describe the species scientifically in Alto Paraná.

    In 1900, Paraguayan chemist Ovidio Rebaudi published the first chemical analysis of stevia, in which he discovered a glycoside capable of sweetening 200 times more than refined sugar, but without some of the harmful effects of it on the human body.

    In the early 1970s, sweeteners such as cyclamate and saccharin were suspected of being carcinogenic.

    Consequently, Japan began cultivating stevia as a natural alternative. The leaves of the plant, as well as the aqueous extract of the leaves and purified steviosides, were developed as sweeteners. The first commercial stevia sweetener in Japan was produced by the Japanese firm Morita Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd in 1971.

    Japan currently consumes more stevia than any other country. Its consumption represents 40% of the market for sweeteners.

    Stevia (Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni) is a natural sweetener alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, obtained from a bush native to Paraguay and Brazil. and widely consumed in Japan for more than 30 years. Stevia extract is 100 to 300 times sweeter than cane sugar.

    Known in the native peoples as Ka'a He'ê (sweet herb), it has been used for centuries by the Guaraní Indians.

    In 1887 the Swiss naturalist Moisés Santiago Bertoni was the first to describe the species scientifically in Alto Paraná.

    In 1900, Paraguayan chemist Ovidio Rebaudi published the first chemical analysis of stevia, in which he discovered a glycoside capable of sweetening 200 times more than refined sugar, but without some of the harmful effects of it on the human body.

    It arrived in the United States in the 80's already industrialized. Today, it is cultivated and used on five continents, as a food additive, dietary supplement, and sweetener.

    Today the consumption of Stevia worldwide is booming. The war against sugar and the growing concern for the health of consumers, has forced companies to seek new ways to sweeten their products, which is promoting a more intensive use of formulas with Stevia.

     


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