What is Stevia?
Stevia also known as sweet leaf or sugar leaf is an herb often used for it's leaves as a suger substitute. 
For centuries, the GuaranÃƒÂ tribes of Paraguay and Brazil used Stevia species, primarily S. rebaudiana which they called ka'a he'ÃƒÂª ("sweet herb"), as a sweetener in yerba mate and medicinal teas for treating heartburn and other ailments. The leaves of the stevia plant have 30Ã¢Â€Â“45 times the sweetness of sucrose (ordinary table sugar). 
The Swiss botanist MoisÃƒÂ©s Santiago Bertoni first described the plant and the sweet taste in detail. But only limited research was conducted on the topic, until in 1931, two French chemists isolated the glycosides that give stevia its sweet taste. These compounds were named stevioside and rebaudioside, and are 250Ã¢Â€Â“300 times sweeter than sucrose, heat stable, pH stable, and non-fermentable. 
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Aliases (Also Known As)
Stevia Leaf Extract
Stevia Powder Extract
Stevia Rebaudiana Herbal Extract
Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf Extract
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|Ingredient added||UPC Food Search||January 1, 2009 @ 2:14 AM|