reply to post by eisegesis
Why don't they just stick to cane or agave sugar...oh ya, what's good for us isn't what's good for them. $$$$
Stevia, a natural plant with zero side effects (other than an incredibly sweet taste), and zero calories is a fast growing, easy to cultivate plant
which is part of the Sunflower family of plants.
It has been used for centuries as a sweetener in South America, and for around 40 years, Millions of people in Japan have been using it as the primary
alternative to Sugar since the 1970's, when many artificially created sweeteners were banned there.
It's derived compounds are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, but without the real or perceived negatives and health concerns and controversies
associated with sugar or artificial sweeteners, so is ideal for weight loss, calorie controlled diets and diabetics to use in place of both natural
Sugar or artificial synthetics of sugar.
With compounds 300 times as sweet as sugar, or unprocessed leaves and plant materials picked right off the plant being up to 45 times as sweet as
sugar, it's logical to say that Stevia could offer a vary profitable cash crop for farmers, all but replacing sugar beets and canes as the primary
source of plant material for natural sweetener use.
As it will supply, after processing, the same amount of sweetness as sugar but deliver it using 300 times less farm land, 300 times less fertilisers,
300 times less pesticides and crucially in some areas of the world, 300 times less water and other resources, Stevia is the natural choice for
delivering the sweet taste the world craves.
It ticks all the right boxes, health-wise, economically for the farmers, environmentally for the planet (up to 300x as much 'sweetness' for similar
farm area and resources as sugar) and ethically, as it's a natural no-Franken-junk chemical invention.
It's insane to continue with controversial artificial sweetener products or even sugar as a primary sweetener in todays world of finite resources and
an ever increasing line up of artifical chemical food and drink additives.