Stevia comes from the sweet leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, the sweet-tasting compounds in the leaves known as glycosides are extracted, dehydrated, and purified. The end result is an extracted, plant-based sweetener that provides a taste that is 40 times sweeter than sugar, with no significant calories.The name given to a green leafy herbal plant, which is indigenous to South America and has been used for hundreds of years courtesy its extremely sweet leaves, Stevia is at least 40 times sweet than regular sugar. However,Stevia, unlike sugar does not affect blood sugar levels! Hailed not only for its unbelievable ability to regulate blood sugar levels (hence, an apt choice for those bearing the brunt of diabetes) but also to regulate blood pressure. It has no Neurological or renal side effects that are generally associated with artificial sweeteners, Zero Calorie, Zero Glycemic Index hence no effect on blood sugar levels, Zero Carbohydrates, Zero Gluten.