Incorporate Stevia Extract into your everyday eating style
San Antonio TX. Most of us would like to be able to enjoy the taste of sweet but with no calorie intake at all. Today, stevia extract is a sweetener option that has a delicious sweet taste with zero-calories.
Stevia extract comes from the Stevia rebaudiana plant, native to South America. It has been used as calorie-free sweetener and flavoring ingredient around the globe for centuries. It’s important to know that only high purity stevia leaf extracts, but not crude stevia extracts,have been approved by regulatory agencies for use in foods and beverages. High purity stevia extract is often referred as stevia, stevia extract, purified stevia leaf extracts, high purity stevia in food and beverage products.
According to Sylvia Klinger, from the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), understanding the benefits of stevia extract will help you incorporate it into your everyday foods and beverages. Some of the highlights are that it is a plant extract, not an artificial sweetener; therefore stevia extract is a natural origin sweetener. Stevia extract is a zero-calorie sweetener – it adds a delicious sweet taste without adding calories because the steviol glycosides, the sweet compounds in stevia extract, pass through the body without effect.
Stevia extract is a naturally sourced sweetener, this means that there are no changes to the sweet compounds after extraction and purification meaning the steviol glycosides found in the leaf is what ends up in the final stevia extract. Stevia extract is a high intensity sweetener – its sweet compounds are 200-350 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar).
Another benefit of stevia extract is that the stevia plant where it comes from is a sustainable crop. Stevia farming, extraction and purification typically requires only a fifth of the land and much less water to provide the same amount of sweetness as other mainstream sweeteners.
Klinger says that major global regulatory organizations, including Codex Alimentarius and the Food and Agriculture Organizations/World Health Organization’s Join Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), have determined highly purified stevia extracts to be safe for consumption by the general population.
Stevia extract is an ingredient in foods and beverages that you purchase at the store, making it convenient to incorporate into your everyday eating style. More than 5,000 products on the market already contain stevia and that number continues to grow each year as this ingredient become more popular.
According to Klinger, the benefits of stevia are numerous: great taste, natural origin, sustainable, zero calories, heat stable and tooth friendly to name a few.
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.