Stevia extract (leaf)
Stevia extract is derived from the leaves of the plant, Stevia rebaudiana. Stevia extracts are used as natural sweeteners and as dietary supplements in a number of countries, including the United States 1. Much of the sweetness of stevia leaves is attributed to the presence of glycosides, including rebaudioside A, which is about 300 times sweeter than sucrose (sugar). Stevia also contains tannins and phytosterols, such as beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol 2.
This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:
- AmbroStart® Drink Mix
- NutriVerus™ Powder
- TruPLENISH™ Chocolate Nutritional Supplement Shake
- TruPLENISH™ Vanilla Nutritional Supplement Shake
- TruPURE™ Slimsticks
- Natural Standard Database. www.naturalstandard.com. 2009.
- Leung A, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. New York, NY: John Wiley, 1996.