ste·​via | \ ˈstē-vē-ə, -vyə\

Definition of stevia

1 : any of a genus (Stevia) of composite herbs and shrubs of tropical and subtropical America especially : a white-flowered tender perennial (S. rebaudiana) native to Paraguay
2 : a white powder composed of one or more intensely sweet glycosides derived from the leaves of a stevia (S. rebaudiana) and used as noncaloric sweetener

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For diabetics and dieters alike, stevia is a good alternative to sugar. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Natural Stevia Right in Your Own Garden," 29 May 2018 One can often find stevia in your local nursery’s herb section. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Natural Stevia Right In Your Garden," 8 Aug. 2017 For diabetics and dieters alike, stevia is a good alternative to sugar. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Natural Stevia Right In Your Garden," 8 Aug. 2017 The side effects of artificial and all-natural replacements like stevia, Truvia, Splenda, and, yes, aspartame are often questionable, and so the pursuit of that perfect sugarless dream continues. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How Safe Is The Newest "Natural" Sugar Substitute?," 16 Sep. 2015 Also called nonnutritive sweeteners, these can be synthetic, such as saccharin and aspartame, or naturally derived, such as stevia. Eunice Zhang, Washington Post, "Diet drinks may seem like a good idea, but their effects may surprise you," 3 June 2018 Seeds of Change, a hydroponic farm in Midtown, will bring rainbow chard, mixed lettuces, stevia, and dill, chives, mint and basil to the Center Market and the South Anchorage Farmers Market. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Early spring greens and herbs – plus tomatoes, cukes and colorful chard – await you at local markets," 5 June 2018 The company sells fair trade and organic sugars, syrups, stevia and honeys. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land office building adds 4 tenants," 4 June 2018 The DRY Zero Sugar drinks elevate the diet soda experience with natural flavors and light sweetness via stevia leaf extract. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Now you can have your DRY Soda — sugar-free," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of stevia

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stevia

New Latin, from Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve) †1555 Spanish physician and botanist

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ste·​via | \ ˈstē-vē-ə \

Medical Definition of stevia

: a South American perennial shrub (Stevia rebaudiana) of the composite family also : a very sweet noncaloric glycoside-containing substance that is obtained from the leaves of the stevia

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