A New Generation of Natural Sugar Substitutes

Stevia is a natural herbal sweetener. The indigenous Guarani of Paraguay called Stevia “Kaa Hee” in their own language. This means “sweet herb”. The Guarani tribe, situated in the highlands of Amambay, has used Stevia for hundreds of years for the sweetening of their meals. Dr. Moisés Santiago Bertoni, an Italian-Swiss botanist (1857-1929), discovered the plant in 1888.

Nowadays the plant Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni, which is a member of the Chrysanthemum family, is cultivated successfully over three continents: South America, Africa and Asia. It is harvested up to three times a year. The leaves of the Stevia plant contain Steviol Glycosides. These are natural constituents of the Stevia extract, which is more than 200 times sweeter than sugar. There are more than 230 different sorts of Stevia plants in South America but only the Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni has such a high content of Steviol Glycosides in its leaves.

The popularity of this new kind of sweeteners is growing worldwide. The natural sweetness of Süssina Stevia harmonises perfectly with all kinds of food and beverages, with significantly less calories than sugar.

The innovation for tabletop-sweeteners - Stevia extract - first extract from a natural leave

Up to now there have been developed a wide range of sweetener-types for tabletop sweetener products. Stevia extract is the first one from a natural leave.