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Table 3 Means of initial body weight, final body weight and body weight gain % in control groups rats and rats treated with different levels of stevia sweetener after 8 weeks

From: Antihyperlipidemic efficacy of aqueous extract of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni in albino rats

Experimental groups Initial body weight (g) Final body weight (g) Body weight gain (%)
N0 152.70 ± 2.32a 186.31 ± 6.80b 22.01b
H0 153.80 ± 3.04a 195.26 ± 4.50a 26.95a
H1 155.70 ± 3.65a 134.55 ± 4.42c −13.58c
H2 154.01 ± 4.02a 130.22 ± 4.50c −15.44 cd
H3 154.05 ± 4.70a 126.48 ± 6.12 cd −17.89d
H4 153.05 ± 4.44a 124.77 ± 7.80d −18.47d
  1. Results are expressed as percentage of body weight gain of hyperlipidemic and normal rats (mean ± S.E.R., n = 10)
  2. N0 = Basal diet and distilled water
  3. H0 = High cholesterol diet and distilled water
  4. H1 = High cholesterol diet and distilled water with 200 ppm aqueous stevia leaf extract
  5. H2 = High cholesterol diet and distilled water with 300 ppm aqueous stevia leaf extract
  6. H3 = High cholesterol diet and distilled water with 400 ppm aqueous stevia leaf extract
  7. H4 = High cholesterol diet and distilled water with 500 ppm aqueous stevia leaf extract