Stevia in Foods and Beverages
San Antonio, TX. SVETIA® is much more than an alternative sweetener; it is part of your daily life. SVETIA® is a non-calorie sweetener made from stevia, obtained from a co-crystallization process patented by METCO®. Its main advantage is that it offers an excellent flavor and sweetness. 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®.
According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI) the sweet compounds of the stevia plant can be extracted from the leaf and can be used in products to achieve a very similar taste of sucrose. Stevia glycosides have additional qualities that are beneficial to manufacturers. They tend to keep the sweetness during normal processing and storage of food and are stable in a wide range of manufacturing conditions. Today stevia can be found in hundreds of foods and beverages from around the world, including teas, soft drinks, juices, yogurt, soymilk, baked goods, cereals, salad dressings and candy, as well as a tabletop sweetener.
Stevia, as a zero-calorie natural origin sweetener, can be part of a healthful diet and lifestyle. It can reduce added sweet calories to lower total caloric intake without sacrificing taste in a wide variety of foods and beverages. The safety of high purity stevia extracts is supported by the rigorous scientiﬁc research and the evaluation necessary for an ingredient to be approved for use in foods and beverages today. Using stevia instead of sugar can cut calories and may keep your blood glucose level more stable.
SVETIA® with stevia can be used as a sweetener in beverages, such as tea and lemonade, or in sauces. It is a product created to satisfy the need to sweeten. You can take it cold, hot or even baked, since it keeps its sweetness and does not change the original taste of food. SVETIA® has no bitter aftertaste, that is, it does not produce any unpleasant taste nor does it leave any such residues in the mouth.
In 2014 SVETIA® received the Superior Taste Award from the International Taste & Quality Institute, for its remarkable flavor, receiving praise for its texture, sight and first impression in the blind tasting in which it was evaluated.
SVETIA® is at present the most natural choice to sweeten without calories.
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.