Sweet Honey Leaf, Stevia
Synonym: Eupatorium rebaudianum
Stevia rebaudiana from the rain forests of Brazil and Paraguay contains stevioside and rebaudiosideA, substances that is 100-300 times sweeter than table sugar, yet it contains virtually no calories and is not broken down by heat. The greatest use of stevia today can be found in Japan where it accounts for 40% of the sweetener market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't approved using stevia in food in this country, but extracts can be found as dietary supplements.
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