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What's the difference between stevia and other sugar substitutes?

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Stevia is natural. It’s made from a leaf related to popular garden flowers like asters and chrysanthemums.

In South America and Asia, people have been using stevia leaves to sweeten drinks like tea for many years.

From: What Is Stevia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

American Diabetes Association: “Low-Calorie Sweeteners," “Size Up Your Sweetener Options.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Stevia”

Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Stevia”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Is Stevia an FDA-Approved Sweetener?”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Agency Response Letter GRAS Notice No. GRN 000348

United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library: “Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Sweeteners”

International Food Information Council: “Stevia Sweeteners: Another Low-Calorie Option”

University of Nebraska, Lincoln: “Stevia.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

American Diabetes Association: “Low-Calorie Sweeteners," “Size Up Your Sweetener Options.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Stevia”

Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Stevia”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Is Stevia an FDA-Approved Sweetener?”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Agency Response Letter GRAS Notice No. GRN 000348

United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library: “Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Sweeteners”

International Food Information Council: “Stevia Sweeteners: Another Low-Calorie Option”

University of Nebraska, Lincoln: “Stevia.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on October 29, 2018

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