Some quick facts about the use of Stevia are:

  • Completely 100% natural
  • No calories
  • No carbohydrates
  • No Glycemic Index
  • Tastes like totally pure sugar
  • Safe for diabetics to consume

Here are some more facts about the sweetness and composition of Stevia:

  • It has been in use for hundreds of years.
  • When it is refined, it is 200-480 times sweeter than sugar made from sugar cane. The only aftertaste ever found with Stevia is if the concentration is too high.
  • Made from the leaves of the Stevia plant.
  • Dissolves easily in water.
  • It is very heat stable, to its 196-198 centigrade melting point.
  • Non toxic.
  • It does not ferment, making it perfect for many different foods that are difficult to sterilize with heat.
  • Stevia is a healthy replacement for sugar, and especially all other artificial sweeteners.

While Stevia is popular for in home use, it is also ideal for commercial applications too:

  • Its anti-oxidant properties make it ideal for use in cosmetics, as well as in animal-feed and for soil supplementation.
  • The agricultural side of Stevia production is very efficient. One hectare of plants yields 1500 to 2000 kilograms (3300 to 4400 pounds) of dry Stevia plant leaves, which
  • ultimately is 100 to 200 kilograms (220 to 440) of Stevioside.
  • Saves as much as 60% in production, transportation and storage costs. Here’s why. Its use is incredibly efficient, because of its stability in the presence of heat, light,
  • acid and alkali and the fact that it does not ferment. Because of these characteristics, using Stevia in food and beverage means those products have a much longer
  • shelf life, because they are bacteriostatic and retain their quality much longer than other products.
  • Stevia has a wide variety of uses. It is not only addition to food and beverages, but can also be used in cosmetics, toothpaste, cigarette flavoring, as a medicine medium, a sweetener complex and in various other products.