Stevia is a safe, all-natural alternative to artificial sweeteners and refined sugar. It has been used for centuries and has been consumed safely in massive quantities world-wide for the past 20 years. The Japanese use it in sugar-free versions of Wrigley’s gums and diet Coke. It has undergone dozens of tests world-wide and was found to be free of toxins.
Stevia helps to bring out the true flavors in cereals, breads, juices, berries, sherbets, candies, yogurt, ice cream, chewing gum, pickles, toothpaste and mouthwash.
Stevia has also been used for alleviating bleeding gums, sore throats and cold sores due to its mild anti-bacterial functions. It has also been shown to inhibit the development of plaque and aid in the prevention of cavities. There has also been some claims that Stevia functions as an anti-diabetic agent.
Since Stevia does not break down when it is heated, it can be used in foods that are baked or cooked. The refined Stevia extracts are considered to be calorie free and does not raise blood sugar levels.