Stevia Extract Can Help You to Manage Calories


San Antonio, TX, Regular exercise is very important to help you burn calories, but an equally important fact for an effective weight management is reducing caloric intake. Among the many strategies to consider in order to achieve this reduction is a substitution of sugar with a non-caloric sweetener like Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener, made of stevia extract as main ingredient and cane sugar only as a bulking agent or carrier.


Stevia extract is a natural-origin, no-calorie sweetener, obtained from the leaf of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, that has been used for hundreds of years as a sugar substitute by the Guaraní people from Brazil and Paraguay, to sweeten their local mate tea and as medicine.  and is now a key ingredient for mayor food and beverage companies.

“You can save calories by having foods prepared with stevia extract,” says Sylvia Klinger, Registered Dietitian of the Hispanic Food Communications Inc. The Global Stevia Institute (GSI) states that the reason for stevia extract being zero calorie is because steviol glycosides–the components in stevia extract responsible of its sweetness – are poorly absorbed in the body and pass through the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and small intestines, fully intact. After being metabolized, it is excreted in the urine. Several research studies on stevia extract have shown there is no accumulation of stevia extract in the body during metabolism.

Dr. Klinger explains that when you go over the body requirement of calories is when you start gaining weight. “If you don’t burn those extra calories, it doesn’t mind where they come from, you’re gaining weight. By having foods prepared with stevia extract – instead of sugar for instance – you are saving 100 calories here, 100 calories there, and at the end of the day, those are the few hundred extra calories that you got. In this way you can still have that sweet satisfaction without adding all those calories.”

Dr. Priscilla Samuel, from the GSI, states that stevia extract, as being zero calorie, is currently being used as a tool to reduce energy and sugar intake, which can contribute to reduce overweight. Using stevia extract as an alternative sweetener can cut calories and may keep your body in shape.

Nowadays one of the best stevia extract options in the market is Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener. Although it uses cane sugar as a bulking agent, which allows a product of suitable size and flavor to the consumer, it still provides so few calories per serving that it meets the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for non-calorie foods (less than 5 calories per serving).

For recipes you can use to incorporate Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener with stevia extract into your total diet, visit our recipe web page

You can find Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener in all HEB supermarkets across Texas or online at


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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