If you have ever tasted stevia, you know it is extremely sweet. In fact, this
remarkable noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, has been used as a
sweetener and flavor enhancer for centuries. But this innocuous-looking
plant has also been a focal point of intrigue in the United States in recent
years because of actions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The subject of searches and seizures, trade complaints and embargoes
on importation, stevia has been handled at times by the FDA as if it were an