Stevia Leaf Extract
Stevia is a plant (specifically, a member of the chrysanthemum family) native to portions of northeastern Paraguay. It has been used to naturally sweeten foods and beverages for more than 200 years. In the early 1970s, purified steviosides known as natural stevia leaf extracts were commercialized in Japan as an alternative to harmful chemical sweeteners. Now, over 30 years later, stevia leaf extract is becoming wildly popular in the United States as a natural, zero-calorie sweetener.
Unlike most stevia-based sweeteners, which are typically a mixture of many components from the stevia leaf, we carry stevia leaf extract that is made from rebiana (also know as rebaudioside A), the best tasting part of the stevia leaf. Rebiana is a fully characterized product that is consistent in sweetness and features dependable quality that is essential when using high intensity sweeteners in production.
Main Applications AreasStevia leaf extract is a high purity, white to off white hygroscopic fine powder and it is 250 times sweeter than sugar. It can be used to eliminate calories in a wide variety of applications including:
- Soft drinks & fruit juices
- Tabletop sweeteners
- Chewing gum
- Ice cream
- Jams & jellies