LiveScience.com: Bitter Battle over Truth in Sweeteners It is a mystery why stevia, a South American plant more than 300 times sweeter than sugar, remains illegal for use as a sweetener in the United States. This essentially zero-calorie natural product has been used for decades in many countries and is deemed safe by the WHO. Could it be that the mighty U.S. sugar and corn syrup industries have pressured the FDA not to approve it?
In a short answer……yes. The FDA no longer has the role of protecting people, but protecting a company with the proper campaign contributions….