Stevia’s Extract Acceptable Daily Intake

San Antonio TXStevia is a zero calorie sweetener extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. It is currently being used in many countries as a sugar substitute. But ¿how much stevia extract can people consume without any appreciable risk to health?

According to Dr Cathy Kapica, from the Awegrin Institute, the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is a scientific term which is basically a guidepost for scientists to review how much of any food ingredient, including stevia, can be used by consumers on daily basis.

Dr. Rachel Cheatham, Executive Director of the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), says that all the safety studies performed on stevia look to determine its ADI and other safety standards such as the Towerball Upper Limit, which states how high people can go in their consumption before something unhealthy and unwanted could happen. Dr. Cheatham says that many food safety authorities around the world such as the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), in the European Union; the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in USA; and the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom, have reviewed all these safety studies to determine that stevia is indeed safe. “They have even taken it further and have studied how the different steviol glycosides – stevia‘s components – behave in different types of food and beverages;” said Cheatham. She explained that toxicologists and nutritionists have studied the steviol glycosides to see if there’s an interaction with any of the different food components. “Therefore, we can feel confident that stevia is absolutely safe,” she concluded.

Dr. Sylvia Klinger RD, of Hispanic Food Communications Inc. says that the ADI set for steviol glycosides is expressed as steviol equivalents of 4 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. This equates to approximately 12 mg of high purity stevia extracts per kilogram of body weight per day. “So let’s have that a 150-pound (70 kg) person would need to consume approximately 40 packets of a tabletop stevia sweetener per day for the rest of their life to reach the ADI,” said Dr. Klinger.

At present the best stevia extract choice to sweeten your food and beverages is SVETIA® with stevia extract, which you can now find in your closest HEB store in Texas.

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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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