Natural health enthusiasts have long looked for a legendary sweetener that would add sweet flavor to their food while avoiding dangerous spikes in blood sugar.
Natural Health September 2002
Written by: Cheryl Redmond
The stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana) is native to Paraguay, where for centuries its leaves have been used to sweeten food and beverages and as a folk remedy for diabetes and high blood pressure. The leaves are sometimes available ground into a greenish powder. The active sweetening components in stevia, called glycosides, are also isolated and sold as a white powder or clear liquid.