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July 1, 2010

Stevia

Filed under: Diabetes — heidi @ 02:19

find on en.wikipedia:    

Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical regions from western North America to South America …  //

… The availability of stevia varies from country to country. In a few countries, it has been available as a sweetener for decades or centuries; for example, stevia is widely used as a sweetener in Japan where it has been available for decades. In some countries, stevia is restricted or banned. In other countries, health concerns and political controversies have limited its availability; for example, the United States banned stevia in the early 1990s unless labeled as a supplement, but in 2008 approved rebaudioside-A extract as a food additive. Over the years, the number of countries in which stevia is available as a sweetener has been increasing …

Available as either a food additive or dietary supplement * Switzerland:
o Mixed steviol glycoside http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steviol_glycoside
extracts with greater than 95% purity available as a food additive (2008)[23]
o High purity rebaudioside A as a food additive (2009)[19

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