Plant-based, zero calorie stevia can be part of a well-balanced diet to help reduce energy intake without sacrificing taste. Stevia is also safe for people with diabetes as it does not contain any calories or carbohydrates and therefore does not affect blood glucose or insulin levels so it is safe for diabetics.
Stevia leaves naturally contain sweet compounds called steviol glycosides. High purity stevia leaf extract, the ingredient form approved for food and beverage by regulatory authorities, contains 95% or more of these steviol glycosides. It is this high purity form that has been rigorously tested in more than 200 scientific studies and approved for human consumption by multiple major regulatory organizations around the globe. Moreover, the majority of scientific research on stevia has been done on high purity stevia extracts. Confusion (is stevia safe) has resulted in the past when research conclusions on stevia was based on studies using crude stevia extracts. It is important to note that the type of stevia approved for use, and therefore the type deemed safe for consumption, is in fact the high purity stevia extract form. Throughout this website, for ease of reading, we refer to high purity stevia extract as simply “stevia”. For more information on this point, please refer to our terminology section.