Stevia Extract - 35.3 oz. (1000 g)
Stevia Rebaudiana is a small plant native to Paraguay and Brazil. It was "discovered" in 1887 by a South American scientist named Antonio Bertoni who learned of the herb from the Guarani Paraguayan Indians. Stevia was known locally as Caa'-ehe or Kaa'-he-e which means "sweet herb" or "honeyleaf".
Two French chemists named Bridel and Lavieille began to unravel the secret of Stevia in 1931 with exploratory extraction work on Stevia Rebaudiana leaves. Their research yielded a pure, white crystalline compound they named "stevioside". They found this stubstance to be 100-300 times sweeter than table sugar and without toxic effects in laboratory animals.
In 1971 a Chinese researcher, Dr. Tei-fu-chen visited Paraguay where he became so interested in Stevia that he applied for residency status in both Paraguay and Brazil. The non-chemical method of extraction (alcohol) recorded in herbal manuscripts of Chinese emperors became the standard method of extraction for Stevia. It removed the undesirable green color and bitter aftertaste that is found in stevia leaves.
Dozens of studies have shown Stevia to be a safe supplement for the human diet, and it is currently used extensively throughout the world in a variety of ways. We hope you enjoy our Stevia products and invite you to try more of our herbal and vitamin dietary supplements.
Serving Size: 1 packet
Suggested Use: Stevia Extract is a dietary supplement.
Free of: Soy, yeast, wheat, milk, synthetics, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Other Ingredients: Rice Maltodextrin, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract (stevioside) and Silica.
Warnings: Attention Diabetics: Stevia Extract does not affect blood sugar levels. Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that may be useful on the advice of your healthcare practitioner.