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stevioside

Line breaks: ste¦vio|side
Pronunciation: /ˈstiːvɪə(ʊ)sʌɪd
 
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Definition of stevioside in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A sweet compound of the glycoside class obtained from the leaves of a Paraguayan shrub and used as a food sweetener.
  • The shrub is Stevia rebaudiana (family Compositae)
Example sentences
  • The substances responsible for the plant's sweetness are chemicals called glycosides, primarily one dubbed stevioside, which are concentrated in the leaves.
  • The green leaves of this plant contain large amounts (up to 5 percent of dry weight) of stevioside, a sweetener estimated to be 300 times as sweet as table sugar.
  • In the past 10 years, the United States has three times vetoed applications to use stevioside as a food additive, and the agent has suffered the same fate in European Union, Canada and Singapore.

Origin

1930s: from the genus name Stevia (see stevia).

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