While most sweeteners have negative features, stevia is a natural sweetener that is even good for you. Stevia is a plant indigenous to South America and is a natural food supplement that is 30 to 100 times sweeter than table sugar. It has been valued for its medicinal effects and natural sweetness in Paraguay for 1,500 years. It has been used similarly in Japan for the last 2 decades and has recently become popular in the United States as an all-natural, healthy sweetener.

We are not aware of any adverse reactions reported from the use of stevia. Numerous studies have been performed in Japan and in the United States on stevia's effects on cell membranes, enzymes systems and cancer, and no negative effects have ever been discovered. In fact, many significant health benefits of stevia have been observed:

  • Highly nutritious
  • Can lower blood sugar in diabetics, but also regulates blood sugar in nondiabetics
  • Kills bacteria that cause tooth decay
  • Can lower elevated blood pressure
  • Helps reduce cravings for alcohol and tobacco
  • Can increase energy levels and mental activity

Stevia is available from most health food stores. Ray & Terry prefer the stevia blend with maltodextrin, available in association with NuNaturalsTM