Stevia, Stevia rebaudiana
Stevia is a small perennial herb in the Asteraceae family. Stevia plants grow 2-4 feet in height and have slender, branched stems. Originally stevia came from Paraguay where the Guarani Indians used its leaves to sweeten drinks and food.
- Stevia is a sweetener with extremely low calories and 40 times more sweetness than sugar.
- Stevia is rich in antioxidants and is useful in reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer.
- Stevia has the ability to dilate blood vessels, increase sodium excretion, and urine output.
- Stevia contains phytochemical compounds that help control blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure.