Coca-Cola and Cargill have filed for 24 U.S. patents related to a South American herb called stevia that is used to sweeten food and beverages. "Stevia is the world's only zero-calorie, zero-glycemic, all-natural sweetener," said Steve May of SweetLeaf stevia products. "It's kind of the holy grail of the sweetener business." The FDA, however, sent a warning letter last month to Hain Celestial Group regarding concerns about the potential health effects of stevia.
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