FAQ-34: What is stevia?

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34. What is stevia?

Stevia is a natural sweetener cultivated from the flowers of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, native to subtropical and tropical regions ranging from western North American to South America. Natives of Paraguay have used stevia as both a sweetener and for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.

Stevia has increased in popularity as a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate sweetener. The stevia plant’s glycosides account for its sweet flavor. As it only has a negligible effect on blood glucose (blood sugar), Stevia is useful as a natural sweetener for diabetics and individuals following low-carb diets.

Tofutti Hooray! Hooray! Bars are the first frozen dessert product made with Stevia.

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