Stevia is a small herbaceous shrub that does not usually exceed 80 cm in height, an evergreen, and belongs to the chrysanthemum family. Its cult name is Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni, in honor of the two scientists (Rebaudí and Bertoni) who studied and classified it in the first place.
What is stevia?
Stevia is native to areas of Paraguay and Brazil, specifically the Amambay mountain range, and has been consumed by the Guaraní Indians for centuries. Stevia is arguably the oldest known natural sweetener.
The sweetest part of the plant and where its therapeutic properties reside, is located in the leaves. The flowers of stevia are small and white, and not too showy. In Spain they usually appear in October. The seeds of this plant are very light achenes that are spread by the wind and have a rather poor germination capacity.
Today stevia is intensively cultivated for the manufacture of the only safe, natural sweetener, and without health risks.
Stevia has a substance in its leaves called stevioside, which makes them 10 to 30 times sweeter than sugar.
Its particular sweet taste is due to steviol glycosides, mainly stevioside and rebaudioside A. Eight diterpenic glycosides form a mixture that give stevia its particular properties (glycoside is a molecule obtained by condensation between two monosaccharides, while a Terpene is a lipid derived from isoprene hydrocarbon, which, when purified, is between 100 to 300 times sweeter than sucrose and which, due to its physical-chemical and toxicological characteristics, allows its inclusion in the human diet to be used as a natural dietary sweetener, without effects. collaterals).
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