Global Beverage Trend: Reducing Sugar
A plant called stevia has taken center stage as governments around the world have used taxes to squeeze the living space of high-sugar drinks, forcing the drinks industry to speed up the search for new sources of sweet taste.
Sri Lanka's President, Maithripala Sirisena, may be the first head of state in the world to declare a public "war" on a drink. One day in November 2017, in a public speech, he kept brandishing a sack of punch and raving about his "crimes". The "special treat" drink is a global product: nestle's Milo, which is accused of "putting too much sugar".
High quality stevia requires pure green, no stem, no yellow leaves, no black leaves.