As a consumer, everyday I see more and more products that are using Stevia in the place of or in conjunction with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial high intensity sweeteners like Ace K, Aspartame, and Saccharin. For example, Stevia is used a lot in ready to drink beverages, to reduce calories.
For those who do not know, Stevia is an extract from the Stevia plant (a member of the Sunflower family) that is native to North and South America. Since this sweetener is not chemically synthesized like most other high intensity sweeteners, Stevia is considered a “Natural” high intensity sweetener.
I’m curious to know what you, the consumer, think about Stevia’s use in beverages? Do you currently look for or reject those drinks that contain it?
For full information about Stevia please click the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia