Stevia has been used as a sweetener for centuries.
Stevia was approved by the World Health Organization as a sugar substitute, though raw Stevia is still yet to be approved by the FDA for the United States.
The FDA permitted the use of one of the naturally-occurring composites in Stevia in 2008 named Rebaudioside A, it is the prime ingredient currently being sold in the United States labelled as “Stevia.”
Stevia is a subtropical plant that requires warm temperatures with minimal frost, adequate rainfall, and lots of sunshine, making Zambia an ideal region to grow Stevia.
Over 100 species are cultivated throughout the world.
Known scientifically as Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni, Stevia is a member of the sunflower (Asteraceae) family of plants and is mainly grown in Paraguay, Kenya, China and the United States.