Stevia is intensely sweet and is a natural sweetener prepared from refined leaf extract of Stevia Rebaudiana plant. Stevia contains zero carbohydrates and therefore doesn’t affect the blood glucose level. Stevia is a calorie free & carbohydrate free sweetener. Therefore, it is suitable for even diabetes people (based on peer reviewed, published literatures).
Stevia sweeteners are derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) plant, an herbal shrub native to South America. The stevia plant has been used for food and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years, and its leaves and crude extracts have been sold as dietary supplements. Purified extracts of the sweet substances found in the stevia leaf, called steviol glycosides, are considered to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS). Stevia sweeteners are several times sweeter than sugar and contribute sweetness to foods and beverages without adding calories.