Stevia is a herbal sweetener, not a chemical sugar substitute. The plant is a member of the compositae family. It is best propagated from stem cuttings, because the germination rate of seeds is poor.
Benefits of Stevia
Contains no calories and has therefore no effect on blood sugar levels, diabetes, hyperactivity, or candida.
Does not have the side effects of chemical sweeteners.
250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Heat stable to 200* C, 392* F
Does not ferment. Can therefore not be used for wine and beer making.
Retards the formation of plaque and prevents caries.