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Stevia is the only commercially viable, naturally derived, no-calorie sweetener for global food and beverage applications.
 
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Global acceptance of Stevia is widening and the industry reports phenomenal growth.

Stevia is the only commercially viable, naturally derived, no-calorie sweetener for global food and beverage applications. The safety of its use in food and beverages has been established unequivocally by many regulatory boards around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China and Latin America. After successfully being used in beverages, food companies are starting to look to Stevia as the high-intensity sweetener of choice.
Food and Beverage Uses
Stevia was first used as a pre-packaged replacement for sugar and artificial sweeteners. As news keeps piling in about the negative effects of consuming too much sugar, the food and beverage industry looks for a new sugar substitute to stem declining sales. Stevia is currently used in the following products, with new offerings coming to market every year:
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Flavored vitamin water
  • Energy and sports drinks
  • Fruit juices and drinks
  • Bottled and canned tea
  • Dry beverage mixes
  • Yogurts
  • Pickles
  • Seafood, meat and vegetable products
  • Gums and candies
Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses
Stevia was first used as a pre-packaged replacement for sugar and artificial sweeteners. As news keeps piling in about the negative effects of consuming too much sugar, the food and beverage industry looks for a new sugar substitute to stem declining sales. Stevia is currently used in the following products, with new offerings coming to market every year:
  • Diabetes: Stevia is nurturing to the pancreas. It can be used by diabetics as a sweetener and also as a method for controlling blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that Stevia actually helps to regulate blood glucose levels in people with diabetes and hypoglycemia.
  • Hypertension: Studies have shown that Stevia lowers high blood pressure and does not affect regular blood pressure.
  • Teeth and Gums: Stevia will not cause cavities and actually helps to prevent them. It has antibacterial properties, inhibiting the growth of bacteria and other infectious organisms. Some manufacturers are adding Stevia to toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Skin Care: Stevia can be applied to the skin to treat acne and other skin ailments. It has also been shown to protect against premature aging. A few drops of liquid Stevia extract can be placed directly in a cut to help quicken healing.
  • Digestion: Stevia has been shown to aid with digestion and soothe upset stomach.
  • Weight Loss: Stevia does not have any calories or carbohydrates which make it excellent as a weight-loss aid. Some reports suggest that Stevia can help to minimize the sensations of hunger and cravings for sweets or fatty foods.
Environmental Advantages
In addition to health advantages, recent studies have shown that Stevia sweeteners reduce environmental impact compared to other naturally sourced sweeteners. For example, a 2013 environmental study found:
  • The carbon footprint of several Stevia ingredients was shown to be 79% lower than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), 55% lower than beet sugar, and 29% lower than cane sugar based on industry standards.
  • The farm to sweetener consumptive water (blue and green water) footprint of Stevia sweeteners has been shown to be 96% lower than cane sugar, 94% lower than HFCS and 92% lower than beet sugar.