When it comes to approved use, it is only the high purity stevia leaf extract form that meets global safety standards. In other words, the crude extract form is not approved for use in foods and beverages, though may be sold in some countries as a dietary supplement. The safety of high purity stevia leaf extract has been rigorously established. More than 200 studies have researched stevia’s relationship to a variety of health issues including diabetes, allergies and cancer. Multiple, major global regulatory organizations , including the Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additive (JECFA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), have determined high purity stevia leaf extract to be safe for consumption by children, adults and special populations.
Leading organizations support the safety and benefits of naturally sourced, zero calorie stevia and other low calorie sweeteners.