stevia

noun
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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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, chicagotribune.com, "Avoiding sugar? Allulose, developed in Hoffman Estates, could be the next ‘breakthrough ingredient'," 22 Aug. 2019 Magic Spoon, which makes healthy versions of nostalgic Saturday-morning-cartoon cereals, uses allulose, in combination with stevia and monk fruit, for the sweet coatings of its fruity, frosted, cocoa and cinnamon O’s. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Avoiding sugar? Allulose, developed in Hoffman Estates, could be the next ‘breakthrough ingredient'," 22 Aug. 2019 No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, etc. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the nutrient-rich Whole 30 diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 18 June 2019 The Wattses tried several natural toothpastes in metal tins and had decided against making their own from the many online recipes that call for baking soda, coconut oil and stevia. Susan Spillman, Los Angeles Times, "Living without plastic: One family’s journey," 19 July 2019 High-intensity sweeteners include saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose, neotame, advantame, stevia, and Siraitia grosvenorii Swingle fruit extract (SGFE). Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 2019 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 Using stevia leaves in cold drinks doesn’t have the same effect. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Natural Stevia Right in Your Own Garden," 29 May 2018 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

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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

noun
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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