Yes, Stevia is a sweet tasting herb. The Guanari Natives have been using Stevia for centuries in food preparations and medicines.
So why do the FDA in the US and CFIA in Canada refuse to allow Sweet and Sweetner on labels of the Stevia products?
In Europe it is considered a Novel Food item as found in this report 'SCF's opinion on Stevia'.
In Canada it is considered a Novel Food item.
In the US it is considered a Dietary Supplement and to label it as Sweet or a Sweetner would render the product "adulterated," according to the FDA, and make it again subject to seizure.
In the past Stevia has been subject of searches and seizures, trade complaints and embargoes on importation. So much so that Stevia has been handled at times by the FDA as if it were an illegal drug.
This Blog has been created to document and explore these issues and why the Big Companies are so threatened by its use.