ste·​via | \ ˈstē-vē-ə How to pronounce stevia (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web Add the tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, chicken stock and water to the pot along with the liquid stevia (if using) and stir to combine. The View, ABC News, "Eat guilt-free thanks to these keto comfort food recipes," 6 Mar. 2020 However, stevia leaf and crude stevia extracts are not considered GRAS and do not have FDA approval. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Why you don't know how much artificial sweetener you're feeding your child," 28 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, place 1/4 cup stevia, 1.5 cups of water, and 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "5 Healthy-Ish Cocktails You Can Indulge In This Holiday Season," 19 Nov. 2019 These individual-size cheesecakes made with Philadelphia cream cheese and concentrated stevia extract are impossible to discern from the real thing. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Keto desserts: 3 local places to find ‘sinless’ doughnuts, king cake and more," 17 Jan. 2020 In medium bowl, whisk together coconut oil, almond butter, heavy cream, stevia and salt until very smooth. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Almond Butter Fudge Recipe," 14 Nov. 2019 Plus, this green pick avoids the surprising additions found in many common toothpastes—like artificial sweeteners—in favor of organic stevia extract (rather than aspartame), to keep a pleasant taste without potentially spiking your blood sugar. Braelyn Wood,, "Olivia Wilde's Secret for Whiter Teeth Is This $6 Toothpaste from Walmart," 22 Nov. 2019 If desired, add a touch of sweetness with confectioners’ sugar or stevia, or flavor with a bit of vanilla paste or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Whip up some coconut cream," 4 Oct. 2019 Sales of artificial sweeteners have been declining over the past five years while sales of stevia, a natural high-intensity sweetener, have been climbing, according to Nielsen. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Avoiding sugar? Allulose, developed in Hoffman Estates, could be the next ‘breakthrough ingredient'," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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“Stevia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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ste·​via | \ ˈstē-vē-ə How to pronounce stevia (audio) \

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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