Stevia Extract, a Prominent Sugar Alternative

 San Antonio TXSvetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener is a stevia extract based sweetener produced by Metco Foods Inc. The Global Stevia Institute (GSI) defines stevia extract as a “naturally sourced, zero calorie, and sustainable sweetening ingredient for foods and beverages.” It is an extract from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana that has been used as a natural sugar substitute around the globe for centuries.  It is an option for people who want zero calorie sweetness from a natural source.

On March 18, 2016, the website Food reported an interview about stevia extractwith David Turner, Senior Food and Drinks Analyst from Mintel, a London-based market research firm. Turner said that stevia extract has become a prominent sugar alternative, according to the consumer demand of natural ingredients and reduced calories.  “In terms of use and awareness, stevia extract is clearly currently the preeminent sugar alternative,” he said. [1]

According to a Mintel survey carried out last year in US, more than half of the respondents claimed to have used products made with stevia extract.[2]


The GSI states that stevia extract is available in many ways. Sometimes it is the sole sweetener and other times it is 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 because of its natural origin and because its glycemic index is lower than the one of dextrose and maltodextrin, providing an excellent profile of flavor and natural sweetness. Cane sugar as bulking agent provides so few calories per serving that Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener meets the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for no-calorie foods (less than 5 calories per serving).


Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener can be used as an alternative calorie sweetener in beverages, such as tea and lemonade, or in sauces. It is a product created to satisfy the need to sweeten. You can take it cold, hot or even baked, since it keeps its sweetness and does not change the original taste of food.

You can find Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener in all HEB supermarkets across Texas.

[1]     Arthur, Rachel: Stevia’s star keeps rising: Mintel, Food 18-Mar-2016,

[2]     Ibidem


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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