Is Stevia sustainable?
Stevia is a healthy plant that’s profitable for small to medium farmers. Depending on the country, it can be harvested several times per year and requires little farmland. Stevia plants are not genetically modified organisms (non-GMO). It is widely known for being a 100% natural sugar substitute and reducer because it has no calories and glycemic index.
But it also has an impact on sustainability.
This sweet plant is 300 times sweeter than sugar, so you need fewer leaves to enjoy the same amount of sweetness. That means—the in-product water and land footprint are much lower than it is for traditional sweeteners like sugar.
Study shows that there is an 82% reduction in carbon footprint for Stevia compared with sugar and a 64% reduction compared with cane sugar.The water footprint for Stevia was 92% lower than beet sugar and 95% lower than cane sugar.
It’s not only beneficial to people managing their weight and sugar intake, but also to the environment because of its low impact.
The leafy-sweet taste of Stevia and the sustainable way of producing it will remain in the future, without sugar-coating.