¿What is Stevia?
It is a perennial plant that belongs to the family of sunflowers (Asteraceae) and whose scientific name is Stevia rebaudiana. Its leaves are a natural source of sweetener that besides not having calories, is sweeter than sucrose (traditional sugar).
It also contains minerals, phytonutrients, vitamins, oligoelements and volatile oils that provide this plant with a series of nutritional and medicinal properties. In 2008, the FDA approved sweeteners derived from the herb Stevia as safe for use in food and beverages.
Thanks to this, the stevio-glycosides called stevioside and rebaudioside are used in food supplements, in different foods and beverages and as a sweetener in powder, granules, pills and syrups.
Unlike other sweeteners, Stevia can be used to cook without its properties being affected by temperatures, nor its composition degraded.