Master plant: Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni
Asteraceae (Aster family)
INCI: Stevia rebaudiana
Stevia or sweet herb is a peppermint-like plant from the border region between Paraguay and Brazil. For centuries Stevia rebaudiana has been used by the indigenous peoples of Brazil and Paraguay as a sweetener and medicine. The Guaraní Indians call it ka'a heê (sweet herb) and use it to sweeten their mate tea.
Its ingredients are mainly used as a sugar substitute in Asia, often called stevioside.
Properties and ingredients:
Stevia mainly consists of the diterpene glycoside stevioside. Steviosides have about 300 times the sweetness of sugar.
Ingredients: Sweetener: steviol glycosides (at least 95%), plant components
1 g Stevia Stevioside Extract Powder equals about 300 g of sugar.
Steviol glycosides have been approved as food additives in the EU since 7 December 2011.
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