Extracts from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana plant, a small South American shrub, have been used as both a medicine and a sweetener since ancient times. The plant is botanically related to artichoke, sunflower, and medicinal herbs like echinacea and yarrow. Because it is natural and free of calories and carbohydrates, it offers dieters and diabetics a healthier option than other controversial chemicals such as aspartame and saccharin. According to Tana Amen, BSN, RN, author of The Omni Diet, the process of extraction to produce the stevia sweetener involves the use of alcohols like methanol and ethanol, which undergoes ultrafiltration, making […]Continue reading Stevia, a Sweet Alternative
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