Why is Stevia such a secret? There has been lots of controversy around why Stevia was labeled as a food supplement, rather than a food additive. You can read about it all over the internet:
Stevia is a natural artificial sweetener, with zero calories, and no side effects. I suspect “they” didn’t want to let it in the USA because it had the potential to compete with other sweeteners. Eventually it got in because they agreed to not label it as a sweetener! Look at any label of any product that is Stevia. Nowhere on the label does it say it actually written that it is a sweetener. It’s a “supplement”!!! I recommend it to all the diabetics I see. I use it just to lessen the amount of added sugar in my diet, and because I think it is the closest thing to real sugar I have ever tasted in my tea, coffee, etc.
If you’ve never tried Stevia, it is a good way to drop some extra calorie intake, and improve your diet. It comes in powder, or liquid, and is available at many health food stores. I get mine from Sprouts, or Whole Foods.
The latest news is that Cargill and Coke are interested in using Stevia in their products. Now that big business is interested, the FDA will likely change the regulations and Stevia will be a popular sweetener in the future. China is already amping up production, as is Paraguay.