Stevia, a modern natural sweetener extracted from stevia, is also be named as stevia sugar. Stevioside features high sweetness and low calorie and its sweetness is 200-350 times of that of cane sugar but its calorie is only 1/300 of that of cane sugar. A large number of pharmaceutical tests have proved that stevioside has no side effects, carcinogens, and is safe for eating. Constant use can prevent such illnesses as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and carious teeth. It is an extremely ideal sweetener that can replace cane sugar.
Functions and Applications
1. Steviacan be widely used in such industries as food, beverage, medicine, daily chemicals, brewery and cosmetics.
2. Stevioside is a new sugar source with broad perspective for development.
3. Stevioside rebaudianum sugar is the natural low-hot sweet agent mostly similar to the flavor of cane sugar, approved to be used by State Ministry of Health and Ministry of Light Industry.
4. Stevia is the third natural succedaneum of cane sugar and beet sugar with development and health care value, extracted from the leaves of the herbal vegetable of the composite family-stevia rebaudianum.