Iranian company plants stevia for diabetics

TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) – An Iranian knowledge-based company managed to grow and multiply stevia plant in Ardebil province through tissue culture techniques.

CEO of Arta Sabz Sabalan Co. Sarah Ghahremanzadeh told Mehr News that stevia is a sweetener plant which can potentially be beneficial to diabetics who substitute stevia in order to decrease their sugar consumption.

"Stevia is a 100% natural, zero calorie sweetener with a number of health benefits that have been confirmed in human studies," she underlined.

Since Stevia grows best in upland areas in sub-tropical climate, Ghahremanzadeh said, Iran lacks the plant, thus the company decided to grow it in the country.

"We could use an external sample to plant stevia in the country through tissue culture propagation, in the space of a few hectares, to use it as herbal tea," she said.

Ghahremanzadeh underlined that the company is the first one in a cold area to reproduce the stevia plant. "Now the plant has been commercialized and is ready to be provided in packages or as herbal tea for the patients."

She said the plant can also be exported abroad to be converted to powdered sugar in foreign countries and re-enter the country, stressing that converting the plant to sugar is costly in the country.

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