A Higher Use of Steviol Glycosides Approved For Beverages

San Antonio TX. Steviol glycosides are the natural sweet-tasting constituents of stevia, a zero calorie sweetener extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana.

According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), in 2010, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)established an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for steviol glycosides of 4 mg/kg body weight per day. A request for extension of use in hot beverages was evaluated by EFSA in 2014; then EFSA issued a scientific opinion assessing a use of 10 mg/L of steviol glycosides.

Following a request from the European Commission to take into account a new extension of use of steviol glycosides as a food sweetener, on June 30th, 2015, EFSA published their new scientific opinion which extends the use of steviol glycosides to the following beverage categories at levels that are higher than the previous 10 mg/L level assessed in their 2014 opinion:

  • 29 mg/L in tea beverages and instant coffee and instant cappuccino products
  • 29 mg/L in coffee and herbal infusion beverages and
  • 20 mg/L in malt-based and chocolate/cappuccino flavored drinks

According to EFSA Journal report on their 2015 scientific opinion, “the impact on dietary intake appears to be negligible in comparison with the revised estimate of 2014. The Panel noted that, overall, the mean exposure estimates remain below the ADI of 4 mg/kg per day for most population groups, with the exception of toddlers (in one country) at the upper range of the high-level exposure estimates (95th percentile: 4.3 mg/kg bw per day), which remains above the ADI.”

The Panel concluded that dietary exposure to steviol glycosides (E 960) is similar to the exposure estimated in 2014 and therefore does not change the outcome of the safety assessment.

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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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