Stevia is a plant native to Paraguay, discovered more than a century ago by the naturalist Moisés Bertoni, and used for thousands of years by the Guarani, the indigenous inhabitants of Paraguay.
Stevia 20 times sweeter than sugar
- This plant, in its natural state, is about 20 times sweeter than sugar and soon interest in it grew to make concentrates, reaching the present day,
- 300 times sweeter than sucrose, without any calories and without any contraindications as saccharin and aspartame can have.
- But the most important thing about this plant is that it can also be eaten in green leaf form as a salad, as a sweet or as a dried leaf infusion,
- regulates blood sugar in people with diabetes without causing hypo-glycaemia,
- regulates hypertension,
- poor circulation,
- is diuretic,
- reduces food cravings in obese people,
- prevents tooth decay,
- regulates constipation,
- sweets can be made for diabetics, etc....
Stevia, a plant native to Paraguay
In Europe it is an illegal plant
It seems impossible that so many properties can be found in a single plant.
I think that this is the reason why it is still illegal in Europe today, because it disrupts too many economic interests.
and we can plant it on our balcony, in our garden or in our vegetable garden at home.
At the same time that they were fighting in court against Monsanto and the Health Authorities to get this transgenic and toxic sweetener banned, they were defending the legalisation of Stevia.
"This is the work we have to do:
to put pressure from below, to organise ourselves as a society that is
fed up with artificial and chemical medications and demand that the public health
public health system to publicise natural alternatives for the
for curing illnesses".
JOSEP PÀMIES (Catalan farmer)
In many countries, Japan for example, they had banned Aspartame years ago and authorised Stevia-based sweeteners, not only because they were harmless, but also because of their anti-diabetic and hypertension-regulating properties.
My struggle at that time, as it is still today, was to help show society that GMOs could be dangerous for people's health, an attack on biodiversity and the beginning of the enslavement of farmers under the dictatorship of Monsanto.
This multinational, in addition to criminalising Stevia to avoid competition with Aspartame, produced and still produces transgenic seeds,
by means of which it contaminates via pollination all other varieties freely used by farmers.