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Article Number - 57B2A0342160


Vol.7(46), pp. 3343-3353 , December 2013
DOI: 10.5897/JMPR2013.5276
ISSN: 1996-0875



Review

Nutritional and therapeutic values of Stevia rebaudiana: A review


Ena Gupta1, Shalini Purwar1, Shanthy Sundaram1* and G. K. Rai2




1Centre for Biotechnology, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

2Centre of Food Technology, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Email: shanthy_s@rediffmail.com






 Accepted: 12 November 2013  Published: 10 December 2013

Copyright © 2013 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


Stevia rebaudiana is a nutrient rich natural sweetest plant of Asteraceae family. The leaves naturally contain diterpene glycosides stevioside, rebaudiosides A-F, steviolbioside and dulcoside, which are responsible for its sweet taste and have commercial value all over the world as sugar substitute in foods, beverages or medicines. It is a plant which offers sweetness with fewer calories and do not show any side effects after consumption on human health. Stevia has many pharmacological and therapeutic applications as suggested by many preclinical and some clinical studies; these are nontoxic and possess antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal and anticarcinogenic activity. In future Stevia is likely to become a major source of high potency low calorie sweetener for growing natural food market. This review article presents beneficial role of Stevia and its metabolites on health promoting properties.

 

Key words: Stevia rebaudiana, steviosides, sweetner.


APA (2013). Nutritional and therapeutic values of Stevia rebaudiana: A review. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 7(46), 3343-3353.
Chicago Ena Gupta, Shalini Purwar, Shanthy Sundaram and G. K. Rai. "Nutritional and therapeutic values of Stevia rebaudiana: A review." Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 7, no. 46 (2013): 3343-3353.
MLA Ena Gupta, et al. "Nutritional and therapeutic values of Stevia rebaudiana: A review." Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 7.46 (2013): 3343-3353.
   
DOI 10.5897/JMPR2013.5276
URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JMPR/article-abstract/57B2A0342160

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