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Stevia is a natural sweetener extracted from the plant species called Stevia Rebaudiana. It is a completely natural and zero-calorie sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sugar.

 

Stevia also contains a wealth of antioxidant compounds, including flavonoids, triterpenes, tannins, caffeic acid, kaempferol, and quercetin. With the rising awareness and a large number of health benefits associated with its consumption, consumers are widely substituting sugar with stevia.

 

Stevia is known to provide several health benefits, such as controlling

  • diabetes,

  • aiding weight loss and

  • regulating blood pressure and

  • sugar levels

The growing awareness about these advantages has led to an increase in its demand, owing to which it is now commercially grown across the globe. Besides this, stevia acts as a steroid and helps in preventing the proliferation of bacteria due to which it is used in topical applications for skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis. Other than this, the health-conscious consumers are becoming more inclined toward low-calorie sweeteners, which in turn is boosting its sales around the world. Some of the other factors influencing the market growth are changing lifestyles, growing disposable incomes and several initiatives undertaken by the governments of various countries to minimize sugar intake so as to combat health problems like obesity and diabetes.