Stevia is a popular sweetener used as an alternative to sugar. And many people have questions about it. Being in business selling stevia and stevia extract since the mid 1990’s we can help. Here are the most popular questions.
There are now 16,500,000 pages related to stevia when I searched Google 2016-03-08 09:10:41AM
This proves what we knew when we first started selling stevia and stevia extract in the mid 1990’s it was a great sugar alternative. At that time there were three pages… Ours and two other companies. Google did not even exist!
Stevia: You Got Questions? We Got Answers For You!
People have a lot of questions, you may have some too. Here are the most popular questions we have seen:
What is Stevia?
Stevia is a plant. It is a shrub. It was “discovered” by Spanish Conquistadors in South America in the sixteenth century. They learned about stevia from the local Guarani and Mato Grosso Indians who used stevia leaves to sweeten their medicines and teas. They called the plant CAA-HEE (Honey Leaf).
The early European settlers used stevia leaves to sweeten their teas, foods and drinks. They called it Yerba Dulce (Sweet Herb). Later the Gauchos of the region used Stevia leaves to sweeten their Mate tea.
In 1899 Botanist M.S. Bertoni &dquo;officially&dquo; named and described Stevia. He called it Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni.
Many companies use the mis-nomer &dquo;Stevia&dquo; when they are ctually describing Stevia EXTRACT. The Stevia Extract stevioside is made up of various rebaudiosides (Reb A, reb C, Reb DA), glycosides, and glucosides.
Like stevia itself it has no negative effect on blood sugar or insulin.
How to Use Stevia?
The part of the stevia plant to use is the leaf only. When you start to use the roots, stalks, etc. you get a very bitter nasty taste.
The leafs can be plucked off the plant and dropped into tea, hot water, or go traditional and mix them into cocoa powder. I suppose you can also chew them.
Commercially, the leaves will be plucked form the plants and then dried. Once dried, they are either crushed into a &dquo;tea cut&dquo; like out Honey Stevia Leaf Tea
Or the leaves can be use to extract the rebaudiosides, glucosides, and glycosides. This creates a white or French vanila ice cream color powder commonly knows as stevioside. Also known as rebaudiosides, and steviol glycosides.
Steviol glycoisdes concentrate 95% and above have been approved as sweeteners in the USA, Europe and elsewhere around the world.
If you use pure steviol glycosides the amount of stevia extract you would use is appx the size of a sesame seed. That will give you the sweetness of 1 packet of sugar. And the stevia extract will be calorie, carb, and fat free!
Many companies create blends typically using carbohydrate rich and sometimes even GMO products (maltoxedtrin – made form GMO corn and rice) in their blends.
We do not. We only sell pure product.
What Is Stevia Extract?
Stevia extract is a white, or off white, or French vanilla ice cream color powder.
It is 100% natural if it is pure stevia extract.
Stevia extract is also sold under the common names: Reb A, stevioside, steviol glycosides.
What Is Stevia Made Of?
Stevia is 100% natural. It is a plant.
Pure stevia extract is the extract of the substance in the stevia leaf that gives it it’s sweetness.
How Is Stevia Made?
Pure stevia extract the way we do it is an aqueous procedure. Basically, the stevia leaves are soaked in water for a period of time, and then the liquid is spray dried (air dried) leaving the stevia extract.
Stevia Side Effects?
There are no known, proven side effects from pure naturally produced stevia extract. Though it is possible there may be some side effects with laboratory produced ”substantially similar“ non stevia products.
Is Stevia Safe?
Stevia leaf has been used continuously since before the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the Americas.
Stevia Extract has been tested, re-tested, and determined as safe by the governments of all South American countries; Japan (where it was used as a tabletop sweetener since the 1970’s; China; in this century (the 2000’s) the EU; UK; and USA.
And to paraphrase what Elmer Fudd used to say in the cartoons… ”Da, da, da, dat’s all for now Folks“
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