Where Is Stevia Extract Used?
San Antonio TX. According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), high purity stevia extract is used as a zero calorie, natural origin sweetener in thousands of foods and beverages around the world, including teas, soft drinks, juices, yogurt, soymilk, granola and snack bars, and baked goods. The stevia extract is also being used in health snacks, cereal, salad dressings, alcoholic beverages, chewing gum, canned fruit and jam, confections and as a tabletop sweetener.
The GSI states that stevia sometimes goes by several different names, so if you see stevia, stevia extract, purified stevia leaf extracts, high purity stevia, steviol glycosides, Rebaudioside A (Reb A) or Stevioside listed on the label, be aware that it’s all the same. However, it is important to say that the crude extracts or the whole leaf are not approved for use by Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so all the different ways stevia might be named on the label refer to the high purity extracts.
The GSI also states that stevia is available as a sole sweetener or blended with other zero calorie sweeteners. Often it is blended with sugar in reduced-calorie foods and beverages. This is the case of SVETIA® Calorie-Free Sweetener, which blends its main ingredient, stevia extract, with cane sugar as a bulking agent or carrier, which provides so few calories per serving that SVETIA® meets the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for no-calorie foods (less than 5 calories per serving).
Today high purity stevia leaf extracts, scientifically called steviol glycosides, have been approved for use in more than 65 countries including Japan, Paraguay, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, China, Russia, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil and Malaysia, among many others in both, Asia and Latin America, as well as in some African countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Morocco and Kenya. Four billion people have now access to products containing this plant-based, zero calorie sweetener since multiple global regulatory agencies have approved the use of high purity stevia extracts.
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.