The genus Stevia consists of 240 species of plants native to South America, Central America, and Mexico, with several species found as far north as Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. They were first researched by Spanish botanist and physician Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve 1500–1556), from whose surname originates the Latinized word stevia. Human use of the sweet species S. rebaudiana originated in South America. The leaves of the stevia plant have 30–45 times the sweetness of sucrose (ordinary table sugar). The leaves can be eaten fresh, or put in teas and foods. The plant was used extensively by the Guarani people for more than 1,500 years, and the plant has a long history of medicinal use in Paraguay and Brazil. The leaves have been traditionally used for hundreds of years in Paraguay and Brazil to sweeten local teas, medicines and as a “sweet treat”.
* chronic fatigue
* upset stomach
* improve energy levels
* strengthen immune system
* help in withdrawal from tobacco and alcohol addiction
* dandruff and hair loss
Stevia is an exceptional aid in weight management as it contains no calories and reduces one’s craving for fatty foods & sweets.
SUGAR-FREE BEVERAGES with STEVIA as Natural Sweetener: