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Stevia Powder Overview
Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) is a South American plant native to Paraguay that traditionally has been used to sweeten beverages and make tea.
The word “stevia” refers to the entire plant and its components, only some of which are sweet.
The sweet tasting components of the stevia plant are called steviol glycosides. Steviol glycosides can be isolated and purified from the leaves of the stevia plant and are now added to some foods, beverages and tabletop sweeteners in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Stevia Powder FAQ
What is rebaudioside A?
Rebaudioside A is a sweet tasting steviol glycoside purified from the leaves of the stevia plant.
What is stevia? Stevia is a plant of the Chrysanthemum family, the leaves of which have been used as a sweetenerin South America for hundreds of years. Extracts from the stevia leaf have been available as dietarysupplements in the U.S. since the mid-1990’s and many contain a mixture of both sweet and nonsweetcomponents of the stevia leaf.
What is the difference between stevia, rebaudioside A and steviol glycosides? The term stevia typically refers to a crude preparation (powder or liquid) of dried stevia leaves.
Itmay contain a mixture of many substances, only some of which are sweet.
Steviol glycosides canbe isolated and purified from the leaves of the stevia plant and can be used to sweeten foods andbeverages and used as tabletop sweeteners.
Rebaudioside A is one of the steviol glycosides purifiedfrom the leaf of the stevia plant. Other steviol glycosides include stevioside, rebaudiosides B, C, D, F,steviolbioside, rubusoside, and dulcoside A.
Stevia Powder Property
--Weight Control and a Healthful Lifestyle
How many calories do stevia sweeteners contain? Steviol glycosides have zero calories. Stevia-based tabletop sweeteners can have zero or minimalcalories per serving, depending upon the other food ingredients with which they are combined. For example, some stevia sweeteners may be mixed with sugar as a bulking agent and these stevia sweeteners will contain some calories.
How are stevia sweeteners helpful in weight control? With zero calories, stevia sweeteners can help reduce orreplace calories in foods and beverages and offer low and no calorie alternatives for people looking to lose andcontrol weight. Consuming beverages and foods withstevia sweeteners as part of a healthful diet and lifestyle,including regular physical activity, can assist with weightcontrol and weight loss.
--Metabolism How are stevia sweeteners metabolized? Based on studies conducted in the past several years, theJoint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives(JECFA) has concluded that stevia sweeteners are metabolized by a common pathway.
This beginsin the gut where the steviol glycosides are broken down to steviol.
Steviol is excreted in the urine assteviol glucuronide and the metabolized components of steviol glycosides essentially leave the bodyand there is no accumulation.
Stevia Powder Specification
Stevia Powder Storage
Packing Detail: Packed in 40cm*50cm paper-drums and two plastic-bags inside.
Storage Situation: Stored in a well-closed container away from moisture and strong light/heat.
Shelf Life:Two years under well Storage situation and stored away from direct sun light.