Stevia Extract at dinner can make a difference

San Antonio TX. According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), of all the world cuisines, Chinese is arguably one of the most diverse and enticing. Chinese cuisine hits on all the tastes, from spicy and hot to sweet, sour, salty and bitter.

However, a typical Chinese dinner, composed by ½ cup (93 grams) of white rice; 3 ounces (89 grams) of Mapo Doufo – tofu and ground beef, cooked in a spicy red chili pepper sauce –; 3.5 ounces (103 grams) of Tang Cu Li Ji – pork strips with carrots, green pepper, bamboo shoots and mushrooms in spicy sweet and source sauce; half cup (109 grams) of Gan Bian Si Ji – dry-fried green beens –; and 1 (67 grams) Danta – mini-tart with egg custard filling, will provide you with around 754 kilo calories, 3155 kilojoules of energy, 76 grams of carbohydrates, and 26 grams of total sugar.

The GSI says that current sugar consumption levels are a worldwide health concern. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake and suggests that a further reduction to below 5% of total energy intake would provide additional health benefits.


Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener is an alternative, zero-calorie sweetener, of natural origin, made of stevia extract and cane sugar as bulking agent or carrier.

Replacing sugar for Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener in some of your Chinese dinner dishes –  the spicy red chili pepper sauce in the Mapo Doufo, the spicy sweet and source sauce in the Tang Cu Li Ji, as well as in the dry-fried green beens and in the egg custard filling of the Danta, you will save 79 calories, 331 kilojoules of energy intake, 18 grams of carbohydrates and 19 grams of total sugar.


Stevia extract is available as an ingredient in thousands of food and beverage products around the world, including soft drinks, teas, juices, yogurt, soymilk, baked goods, salad dressings, cereal and more. You might find stevia extract listed differently on nutrition labels depending on where you live. Look for stevia, stevia extract, steviol glycosides, stevia leaf extract, Reb A and other variations on ingredient statements.

Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener is nowadays an excellent stevia extract option. It is available in all HEB store across Texas or online at

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


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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