Growing wild in the highlands of land-locked Paraguay is found a small perennial shrub which produces the sweetest substance on earth. Stevia or ka'a he'ê ("sweet herb") has been used for more than 1,500 years by the Guaraní peoples of Paraguay to treat several ailments, to sweeten certain medicinal concoctions and herbal teas. Nothing short of a miracle of nature; Stevia has innumerable medicinal properties.

The whole leaf from the stevia plant is about 30 times sweeter than sugar. Several sweet compounds of stevia have been isolated and named, including stevioside, steviobioside, dulcoside A and rebaudiosides A, B, C, D and E. These isolated substances vary in sweetness ranging from 50 to 450 times sweeter than sugar. Pure Stevia powder is so sweet that you must first dissolve it in water and then dispense the solution by drops. The sweetness of 1 teaspoon of the liquid is equivalent to a cup of sugar.

Stevia is the healthiest natural sugar substitute and the most trusted naturally sweet plant on Earth. Stevia leaves are 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, free from calories and carbohydrates. It has been used for thousands of years as a food enhancer. It has now been grown commercially and widely used in countries like Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, United States, Canada, Middle East, Europe, Japan, China and Thailand. It has been used as a healthy alternative to sugar for people seeking overall improved health by controlling blood sugar, preventing hypertension, treating skin disorders, preventing tooth decay and controlling Candida. Other studies show that it is a natural antiviral and antibacterial agent as well. It is the most preferred natural sweetener choice for diabetics, and people on a basic diet to control severe liver or kidney diseases such as Hepatitis C. Due to its zero calorie nature, it is extremely useful to people working on weight loss programs.