Stevia, a kind of herbal plant which is widely used as an alternative to sugar in many developed countries like Australia, Canada, China, Japan and the United States for a long time can help meet country's growing demand for sugar , an expert said.
The scientific name of the herbal plant is "Stevia Serrata" and family name being 'Asteraceae'. It is sometimes known as sweet leaf or 'Chinipata'.
Talking to BSS ,herbal scientist Dr. Alamgir Mati said the compound made of stevai leaf is
300 times sweetener than our common sugar. Elaborating the quality of the plant, he further said 5gm- stevia leaf contains the same power as it exists in 1kg of sugar. Dr. Mati said 1kg of sugar is being sold now at Taka 65 while it takes at best only Taka 5 to produce 5gm stevia.
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