Impact of Stevia in Biodiversity
San Antonio TX. SVETIA® with stevia extract is a non-caloric sweetener that can be used in beverages, such as tea and lemonade. You can also use SVETIA® with stevia extract to sweeten your homemade jams, jellies and fruit spreads, or you can add SVETIA® with stevia extract to balance the tang in your homemade barbeque sauce.
Stevia is extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, used for more than 1500 years by the Guaraní people from Brazil and Paraguay, to sweeten their local mate tea and as medicine. The component in this plant with the best sweetener properties is rebaudioside A (Reb A), that is used in SVETIA®.
Besides being the best option as a non-caloric sweetener, stevia extract – according to theGlobal Stevia Institute – has been able to provide an important role in biodiversity because it requires little land for farming and allows farmers to diversify their crops.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO),“biodiversity for food and agriculture includes the components of biological diversity that are essential for feeding human populations and improving the quality of life. It includes the variety and variability of ecosystems, animals, plants and micro-organisms, at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels, which are necessary to sustain human life as well as the key functions of ecosystems.”
The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for food and agriculture play a critical role in the fight against hunger, by ensuring environmental sustainability while increasing food production.
Most of the human population lives in areas where food production and nature co-exist together. Biodiversity contributes to more wholesome diets, improved incomes for farming communities and sustainable farming practices. Since stevia is intensely sweet and is an extract, it typically requires only a fifth of the land and much less water to provide the same amount of sweetness as other mainstream sweeteners. For example in Kenya, stevia extract is typically grown only on a third of the land, with the rest of the land being devoted to other crops. So stevia extract may provide supplemental income to more commonplace crops.
Have a healthier diet and support agriculture biodiversity by consuming stevia extract. You can find SVETIA® with stevia extract in your nearby HEB store.
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.