The Global Stevia Institute supports METCO® with Science-based Information about Stevia

San Antonio TX., METCO FOODS INC., producer of SVETIA® CALORIE FREE SWEETENER, made from stevia, the zero calorie sweetener extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, has a collaboration agreement with the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), the authoritative, science-based resource for information on stevia. The GSI provides METCO® with all the necessary scientific information about stevia, as well as images and recipes.

The GSI was launched in June 2010, as an educational resource for health professionals, consumers, food and beverage manufacturers, public affairs leaders and scientists. Since then, the GSI has worked internationally to build awareness about the safety and benefits of stevia, with science-based information, through education and outreach programs. The GSI is advised by an international board of leading scientists and health professionals.

To further enhance awareness and education of stevia, the GSI partners with companies and organizations throughout the world to support stevia education efforts.

It is of the upmost importance for the GSI to be transparent in all their efforts for maintaining trust in their stevia information supply more broadly, so they have an open and honest communicate with all of their audiences from partners to consumers.

Stevia is a plant native to South America. It is part of the sunflower family and its leaves are naturally sweet. In fact, the indigenous people chew them for their sweet taste and use them to naturally sweeten beverages. They contain different sweet tasting components, scientifically called steviol glycosides, which can be anywhere from 200 to 350 times sweeter than sugar – but all without calories.

To release the sweetness, the steviol glycosides are extracted and purified like other ingredients you may commonly use, such as cane sugar or natural vanilla extract. At the end of the process, the sweet components are the exact same compounds as the ones originally found in the leaf.

More and more food and beverage companies are using stevia to help create great tasting food and beverage products with fewer total calories.

You will find stevia in more than 5000 foods and beverages around the globe today, including soft drinks, juices, waters, flavored milks, yogurts, baked goods, cereals, salad dressings, sauces, confections, tabletop sweeteners and more.

When it comes to cooking or baking, you can use stevia in practically anything that has sugar or a similar caloric sweetener like honey or maple syrup in it. It works well in drinks, smoothies, desserts, baked breads and even various sauces. Whether you decide to fully or partially replace the caloric sweetener in your recipes, you can keep the sweet tastes you love, but without all the calories.

This powerful combination of a zero calorie sweetener with a plant-based origin, makes stevia distinct in the food and beverage world.

METCO® obtains stevia to produce SVETIA® from a co-crystallization process patented by METCO® itself.

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SVETIA® Calorie – Free Sweetener is made with cane sugar and stevia extract. One packet of SVETIA® contains only one gram of carbohydrates. People with diabetes are advised to check with their registered dietitian or physician.

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