Stevia, as a zero-calorie natural origin sweetener can be part of a healthful diet and lifestyle. It can reduce added sugars to lower total caloric intake without sacrificing taste in a wide variety of foods and beverages. Stevia has been used for hundreds of years.The safety of highly purified stevia extracts is supported by the rigorous scientiﬁc research and evaluation necessary for an ingredient to be approved for use in foods and beverages today. It’s also a safe option for people with diabetes as high purity stevia leaf extract does not contain any calories or carbohydrates nor does it affect blood sugar levels.Stevia is the only global, commercially available, naturally sourced, zero-calorie sweetener that can be used by the whole family. Stevia does not fit in either of the current sweetener models because stevia is neither like sugar – as it has zero calories – nor an artificial sweetener, as it is a naturally sourced plant extract.Stevia is now available as an ingredient in thousands of foods and beverages globally. Examples include: teas, soft drinks, juices, waters, yogurt, soymilk, granola and snack bars, baked goods, cereals, salad dressings, alcoholic beverages, chewing gum, canned fruit and jam, confections and as a tabletop sweetener.
Benefits of Stevia
Great taste (similar to sugar) Natural origin Sustainable Zero calories Zero glycemic load: appropriate for people with diabetes Heat stable with excellent shelf life, suitable for cooking/baking Tooth friendly
Stevia has been used for hundreds of years and today its use in foods and beverages is backed by modern science. The form of stevia found in today’s food and beverages around the world is generally high purity stevia extract, which is a purified form of stevia extract that has been evaluated and approved by global regulatory agencies. There are over 200 scientific research studies that support the safety of high purity stevia extracts for use in foods and beverages and demonstrate the properties of stevia and its metabolism.Stevia extract is produced through a process that is similar to how other plant ingredients, such as sugar are produced. The sweet molecules called steviol glycosides of the stevia plant are naturally found in the stevia leaf and are extracted and purified to produce stevia ingredients with a purely sweet taste. There are many steviol glycosides naturally present in the stevia leaf. Purified stevia leaf extracts can contain one steviol glycoside or several different glycosides, which can be up to 400 times sweeter than sucrose (sugar).Stevia extract is a versatile sweetening ingredient for foods and beverages, offering consumers and food and beverage producers a new option for natural origin sweetness without the calories. It is heat stable with excellent shelf-life making it suitable for cooking, baking and a wide range of recipes.