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Stevia Extract Packets - 1000 Packets/Box
• No Aftertaste
• Great Natural Herb Taste
• Consumer's Choice
• Natural Herbal Supplement
Stevia is a small perennial plant native to Central and South America
with a long and storied history. The Spanish conquistadors found out about
Stevia during their sixteenth century exploration of Central America. They
reported that the natives used the leaves of this herb to counteract the bitter
taste of a popular community drink, mate, and also used it as an herbal remedy
for various ailments.
In 1887, Antonio Bertoni, a South American scientist, observed Indians of the
Guarani tribe of Paraguay who used Stevia to flavor bitter tribal beverages.
Bertoni erroneously classified Stevia as a member of the daisy family, but it
was later re-assigned to the chrysanthemum family in 1905. Twenty-five years
later, two French chemists conducting research on Stevia isolated the primary
constituents responsible for Stevia's properties and named them steviosides. Our
Stevia Exttract is based on this research.
Today, Stevia is cultivated in over a dozen countries worldwide. It is a major
export product and is widely used in countries such as China, Brazil, North and
South Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Paraguay and Malaysia. Stevia has also been grown
successfully in California, southern Ontario, Canada and even southern England.
Although there are several different species of Stevia, the most potent and
effective seems to be Stevia rebaudiana, and this species is used in most
dietary supplements on the market today.
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