Stevia Can Help with the Southeast Asia-Pacific Obesity Concerns

Almost 48% of the Malaysian population overweight or obese

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 10, 2014 (ANTARA/PRNewswire) -- As the 12th International Congress of Obesity soon begins in Kuala Lumpur, the Southeast Asia-Pacific obesity concerns reach new heights with almost 48% of the Malaysian population overweight or obese, according to World Health Organization data.

Health recommendations around the world encourage people to reduce their energy intake for better weight management. Stevia can help with this and is a safe, naturally sourced zero calorie sweetener suitable for use by the whole family. It is a plant extract that has been used as a natural sugar substitute around the globe for centuries, and the safety of high purity stevia extract for human consumption has been established through rigorous peer-reviewed research.  

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The Global Stevia Institute (GSI) provides science-based information about stevia, nature's zero calorie sustainable sweetener. The GSI is advised by an international board of leading scientists and health professionals. The GSI is supported by PureCircle, Ltd, a global leader in purified stevia leaf extract production. For details, visit