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Last Updated : 18 December 2013

Stevia is a natural, zero-calorie sweetening ingredient named after a plant that has been used to sweeten foods and beverages in many parts of the world for hundreds of years. The leaves contain the sweet compounds, called steviol glycosides. The purified steviol glycosides compounds are used to sweeten soft drinks, juices, flavoured milks, yogurts, baked goods, cereals, energy-reduced jams and jellies, confectionery and chewing gum, and can also be used as a table top sweetener. Stevia is useful for people wanting to reduce their calorie intake and for people with diabetes wanting sweetness of taste, but with lower carbohydrates.

In this podcast, Dr. Mary Friel, Food Safety and Risk Communication Manager in EUFIC, interviewed Dr. Mauro Fisberg, Associated Professor of the Pediatrics Department of the Escola Paulista de Medicina in Brazil and Scientific Advisor to the Global Stevia Institute, about the low calorie sweetener Stevia. The interview was recorded at the 20th International Congress of Nutrition, Granada, September 15th -20th 2013.

  Name About the speaker
Mauro Fisberg, MD, PhD  Dr. Fisberg is member of the Board of Directors of the International Danone Institute and a fellow from Kellogg´s Foundation (Partners of the Americas Leadership program) and United Nations University (World Hunger Program). He is a Scientific Advisor to the Global Stevia Institute and is past president and general secretary of the Latin American Society for Pediatric Research (SLAIP). He served as Latin American editor of NUTRITION (2002-2008) and an ad hoc editorial member of JPGHN, Revista de Saude Publica, and others. He has experience in nutrition, focusing on Adolescent Nutrition in the following areas: childhood obesity, food intake and consumption, anemia and nutritional intervention. Dr. Fisberg graduated in Medicine from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Federal University of Sao Paulo) in 1976 where he specialized in pediatrics and nutrition. He obtained his Ph.D in pediatrics from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo in 1987. He is currently Associated Professor of the Pediatrics Department of the Escola Paulista de Medicina, UNIFESP, and Scientific Coordinator of the Healthy Lifestyle, International Life Science Institute ILSI Brazil.