From ‘Sweet Herb’ to Stevia: A Concise History

Welcome to the shortened version of the long history of stevia. The world is just now tapping into the wonders that this plant has to offer...
 
Paraguay, 1500 years ago: the Guaraní people taste a plant that has unbelievable sweetness and it immediately becomes a useful part of the Guaraní diet, particularly to balance out the bitterness of yerba mate leaves, another major component of their diet. They fittingly refer to this plant as ka'a he'ê, meaning "sweet herb." As the Guaraní continued to use ka'a he'ê, they found other healing benefits of this leaf for both skin and digestive health.
 
Late 1800s: Mosè Giacomo Bertoni, a botanist, is provided with a sample of ka'a he'ê leaves, and subsequently presents his positive findings in a botanical journal. The plant is called, Stevia rebaudiana, named after Bertoni's friend who performed the first chemical analysis of stevia.
 
Early 1900s: Stevia is harvested and becomes the subject of various research studies. French chemists isolate components called glycosides. One in particular, stevioside, is discovered to be the sweetest compound and conveniently, the most prevalent.
 
Mid to Late 1900s: After World War II, which prevented a lot of trade and movement of products, stevia begins its journey into the commercial market. Japan becomes the leading consumer of stevia. In fact, in 2006, stevia was responsible for 40% of Japanese sweetener use.
Present: Stevia's entrance into the United States is pretty recent considering the length of time the world has known about stevia. In 1994, the FDA permitted stevia to be used as a dietary supplement, but not a food additive and it wasn't until 2008 that the FDA approved certain stevia products. A tremendous amount of research has been conducted on stevia, many of which focus on stevia's health benefits.
 
And there you go! A brief history on the stevia plant you can discuss at your next dinner party. We bet you'll have quite an audience, especially if you offer samples of our Stevien-sweetened cotton candy.
Welcome to the shortened version of the long history of stevia. The world is just now tapping into the wonders that this plant has to offer...
 
Paraguay, 1500 years ago: the Guaraní people taste a plant that has unbelievable sweetness and it immediately becomes a useful part of the Guaraní diet, particularly to balance out the bitterness of yerba mate leaves, another major component of their diet. They fittingly refer to this plant as ka'a he'ê, meaning "sweet herb." As the Guaraní continued to use ka'a he'ê, they found other healing benefits of this leaf for both skin and digestive health.
 
Late 1800s: Mosè Giacomo Bertoni, a botanist, is provided with a sample of ka'a he'ê leaves, and subsequently presents his positive findings in a botanical journal. The plant is called, Stevia rebaudiana, named after Bertoni's friend who performed the first chemical analysis of stevia.
 
Early 1900s: Stevia is harvested and becomes the subject of various research studies. French chemists isolate components called glycosides. One in particular, stevioside, is discovered to be the sweetest compound and conveniently, the most prevalent.
 
Mid to Late 1900s: After World War II, which prevented a lot of trade and movement of products, stevia begins its journey into the commercial market. Japan becomes the leading consumer of stevia. In fact, in 2006, stevia was responsible for 40% of Japanese sweetener use.
Present: Stevia's entrance into the United States is pretty recent considering the length of time the world has known about stevia. In 1994, the FDA permitted stevia to be used as a dietary supplement, but not a food additive and it wasn't until 2008 that the FDA approved certain stevia products. A tremendous amount of research has been conducted on stevia, many of which focus on stevia's health benefits.
 
And there you go! A brief history on the stevia plant you can discuss at your next dinner party. We bet you'll have quite an audience, especially if you offer samples of our Stevien-sweetened cotton candy.
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