Uses: Stevia can be found in many products including a wide variety of alcoholic beverages (and non-alcoholic), savoury foods, toothpaste, mouthwash and condiments such as ketchup and mayonnaise.
It is also used in yogurt and ice cream and by taking the bitter edge of pharmacological drugs in tablet form.
In Japan, stevia amounts to 40% of the sweetener market, however there are a large variety of stevia based products, some mixed with erythritol which causes bloating and some use Rebaudioside A which is extracted using methanol, a highly toxic solvent.
Extreme care must be exercised as to the brand used. Pure stevia is a genuine sweetener used with the South American Indians for centuries but beware of modern versions like PureVia and Truvia
Description: Stevia Glycosides, are an extremely intense sweetener which is said to be 250-300 times sweeter than Sucrose.
It is extracted from the Stevia plant; Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, which is a member of the sunflower and grows in tropical regions in America. It is also called sweet leaf or just commonly known as stevia.