Why is SVETIA® with stevia extract a No-Calorie Sweetener?
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. Stevia compounds are extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana.
A sweetener is a substance that gives sweet taste to foods. They are divided into two groups: Caloric (glucose, dextrose, maltodextrin, fructose, sugar, honey and corn syrup), and No calorie (saccharin, thaumatin, aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose and stevia). Of these non-caloric sweeteners, stevia extract is considered of natural origin.
Non-caloric sweeteners are also known as high intensity or sugar substitutes, because they sweeten more, they are consumed in small quantities and they make it possible to produce or consume foods with less caloric input.
All sugar substitutes on the market have two main components:
1) The high intensity sweetener is present to a lesser extent because of their high sweetening power (at least 200 times sweeter than sugar).
2) A bulking agent or “carrier” which, as its name implies, allows a product of suitable size and flavor to the consumer. The most used ones are: sugar, dextrose (glucose), maltodextrins (which are converted to glucose) and polyols (isomalt, erythritol).
In the case of sweeteners based on stevia leaf extract, the sweet-tasting components are scientifically called steviol glycosides, which can be anywhere from 200 to 350 times sweeter than sugar – but all without calories. The component in this plant with the best sweetener properties is rebaudioside A (Reb A), that is used in SVETIA® as a high intensity sweetener.
Steviol glycosides must be subjected to a purification process that gives them a more sugar-like taste compared to unprocessed crude stevia extracts, which are not approved for use. This method of purification is required to obtain the safety stamp of approval from regulatory agencies for use in foods and beverages. SVETIA® with stevia is purified through a co-crystallization process patented by METCO®.
SVETIA® with stevia extract uses cane sugar as a bulking agent or carrier because of its natural origin and because its glycemic index is lower than the one of dextrose and maltodextrin, providing an excellent profile of flavor and natural sweetness. Cane sugar as bulking agent provides so few calories per serving that SVETIA® Calorie-Free Sweetener meets the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for no-calorie foods (less than 5 calories per serving).
You can find SVETIA® with stevia extract in all HEB Supermarkets across Texas.
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.