Stevia and Sustainability
San Antonio, TX. SVETIA® is a non-calorie sweetener made from stevia extract, obtained from a co-crystallization process patented by METCO®. Its main advantage is that it offers an excellent flavor and sweetness.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 per cent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households. A sustainable agriculture system plays a critical role in the fight against hunger, by ensuring environmental sustainability while increasing food and agriculture production.
The Global Stevia Institute (GSI) says that several reasons for stevia’s environmental advantages are associated with its natural concentrated sweetness. Because the leaf is 200-350 times sweeter than sugar, stevia only needs 1/5th of the land to provide the same amount of sweetness as other natural sweeteners, made from sugar cane or corn, would do in larger land extensions. Less land means less water and less energy. This means less environmental impact.
According to GSI, in a 2013 study, the carbon footprint of stevia was shown to be 79 percent lower than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), 55 percent lower than beet sugar and 29 percent lower than cane sugar. In this same study, the water footprint of stevia leaf extract–both from rain and irrigation or process–was shown to be 96 percent lower than that used for cane sugar, 94 percent lower than HFCS and 92 percent lower than beet sugar, according to publicly available benchmarks in water consumption, when comparing these sweeteners at the same sweetness equivalence.
Be friendly with the environment and keep a healthier diet by adding stevia extract to your diet. You can use SVETIA® with stevia extract to replace some of the sugar in brownies, cakes, cookies and other baked goods. Add a spoonful of SVETIA® with stevia extract into a mug of piping hot coffee or tea or sprinkle SVETIA® with stevia into oatmeal or on top of other unsweetened whole-grain cereals.
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.