What you need to know about Stevia Extract
San Antonio TX. Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener is much more than an alternative sweetener. It can be part of a healthful diet and lifestyle because it offers an excellent flavor and sweetness and can be used in products to achieve a very similar taste of sucrose. It is a natural origin, non-calorie sweetener, made of stevia extract and cane sugar as bulking agent or carrier. 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 non-calorie foods.
Stevia extract is obtained from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana that has been used for more than 300 years by the Guaraní people from South America to sweeten their local mate tea and as medicine.
The components in this plant that give stevia extract its sweetness are scientifically called steviol glycosides. One of the steviol glycoside with the best sweetener properties is rebaudioside A (Reb A), that is used in Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener.
According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), stevia extract is considered to be zero calorie because steviol glycosides are poorly absorbed in the body and pass through the upper gastrointestinal tract fully intact and then are excreted in the urine, so stevia extract has zero calories essentially due to this poor absorption in the digestive tract.
The safety of high purity stevia extract is supported by the rigorous scientiﬁc research and the evaluation necessary for an ingredient to be approved for use in foods and beverages around the world today.
Using stevia extract can be an alternative for reducing calorie, carbohydrate and sugar intake, which can help you reduce overweight. The GSI says that while many factors contribute to being overweight –from too little physical activity to eating too large portions of foods –, including stevia extract sweetened products in your diet can help trim calories, carbohydrates and sugar, without changing taste.
The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for food and agriculture play a critical role in the fight against hunger, by ensuring environmental sustainability while increasing food production. Biodiversity contributes to more wholesome diets, improved incomes for farming communities and sustainable farming practices. Stevia extract is also friendly with biodiversity, since it usually requires only a fifth of the land and much less water to provide the same amount of sweetness as other mainstream sweeteners. For example in Kenya, stevia is typically grown only on a third of the land, with the rest of the land being devoted to other crops. So stevia may provide supplemental income to more commonplace crops.
Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener with stevia extract can be used as a sweetener in beverages, such as tea and lemonade, or in sauces. You can take it cold, hot or even baked, since it keeps its sweetness and does not change the original taste of food. It is available 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.