Stevia leaf extract comes from the stevia plant which is originated in South America. The primary component called steviol glycosides is extracted from stevia leaves which is used in stevia sweeteners to provide a sweet taste without calories in many food items. The stevia plant belongs to the Asteraceae family.
Read the labels carefully before buying stevia leaf extract as some manufacturers combine it with other ingredients to even out the sweetness.
Stevia leaf extract contains added sugar alcohols which may cause unpleasant symptoms like nausea, bloating, cramping, vomiting, and indigestion. Long-term consumption of stevia may cause hypoglycemia.(2)
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