Stevia is a natural sugar substitute that comes from a plant called Stevia rebaudiana. It is a South American shrub that has a long history of being used as a natural sweetener. The Guarani people in Paraguay and Japan have been using stevia leaves as a healthy sugar substitute for centuries in herbal tea and even medicines. Now, Stevia is grown around the world, including India, near the foothills of the Himalayas. Despite usage dating back to centuries, concerns have been raised regarding the consumption of Stevia. Stevia is a 100% natural sweetener and has been found to be completely safe for everyone by the leading scientific regulatory authorities, including Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) around the world. Let’s discuss the stevia safety profile in detail:
In the United States, high-purity stevia glycoside extracts have been generally recognized as safe since 2008 as per Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The European Food Safety Authority also approved stevia additives in 2011.
In November 2015, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) allowed the usage of steviol glycosides as a sweetener in food products. Overall, stevia is considered safe for consumption as a sweetener in over 130 countries.