Stevia is a plant sugar that has been used as a sweetener for hundreds of years but only recently has it made it onto our supermarket shelves. With claims that it is calorie and carbohydrate free with no effect on blood sugar, is it too good to be true? Although it was only approved as a food additive since 2011 in the European Union, there is no evidence to show it is bad for health. For individuals with a diet high in added sugar, it can help reduce calorie intake and, along with a healthy balanced diet, help with weight management.
The British Dietetic Association and Diabetes UK make no distinction between their advice for artificial sweeteners and stevia. Click here for more information on sweeteners.