Stevia Extract: A More Healthful Dietary Approach

San Antonio TX. According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI) the desire for sweet has not changed, but modern lifestyles have. During your day, there are usually more opportunities to eat and drink than to be physically active. So, as a result of a diminishing in the energy expenditure, daily energy requirements have decreased too, resulting in a need to consume fewer calories to manage weight.

GSI states that “overweight and obesity have become a global public health issue for both adults and children and that added sugars often contribute unneeded calories to the diet. To help balance the diet, consumers express a preference for sweeteners from a natural source with few or zero calories.”

Currently, one of the best options of sweeteners of natural origin with zero calories is the extract from the stevia plant. As a zero-calorie sweetener, the stevia extract can be a sensible part of a healthful dietary approach, that has been determined by international food authorities to be safe for people of all ages.  Dr. Priscilla Samuel, from the GSI, states that steviacan be a powerful tool to reduce energy and sugar intake, which can contribute to reduce overweight.

According to the GSI the reason for stevia being zero calorie is that steviol glycosides – the stevia extract sweet compounds – are poorly absorbed in the body and pass through the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and small intestines, fully intact.

The GSI says that stevia can be available as a sole sweetener or blended with other zero calorie sweeteners. It may even be blended with sugar in reduced-calorie foods and beverages.  This is the case of SVETIA® Calorie-Free Sweetener, which blends its main ingredient, steviaextract, with cane sugar as a bulking agent or carrier, providing 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).

Use SVETIA® Calorie-Free Sweetener as an alternative to sweeten without calories. You can use it to sweeten a nutritious fruit punch or stir it into a glass of iced tea, a mug of coffee or a smoothie with oatmeal and banana. You can also use it to prepare delicious desserts and enjoy them with a lesser intake of calories.

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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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