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Stevia takes off as alternative to sugar but taste still an issue

Sprite drinks containing the zero-calorie sweetener stevia, which can also be found in salad dressings, chewing gum and even face wipes for babies.


OVER the past decade, a little-known herb 200 times sweeter than sugar has become a US$4 billion global industry, showing up in everything from Coca Cola sodas to Heinz ketchup. Not a bad start for a product that many people still think has a bitter aftertaste.

The stevia...