Stevita Supreme Naturally Sweet Stevia. Stevia rebaudiana bertoni. Stevia is a natural sweetener that in its extract form is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar! These individual sachets/packets are ideal as an alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Does not raise blood sugar levels, so is ideal for diabetics dieters and those with a candida overgrowth. Now with Xylitol. Calorie free. Stevia is HGC diet friendly. Suitable for people with diabetes. American Vegetarian Association. Organic Stevia. Product of Brazil. Kosher. 50 packets.
What is Stevia? Is it natural?
Stevia rebaudiana is a herb in the Chrysanthemum family which grows wild as a small shrub in parts of Paraguay and Brazil. While native Indians of the Guarani Tribe appear to have used the leaves of this herb as a sweetener since pre-Columbian times, it was not until 1887 when a South American natural scientist called Antonio Bertoni first discovered it.
It is estimated that there are over 80 species of Stevia known to grow wild in North America and perhaps as many as 200 additional species native to South America. Of these, only Stevia Rebaudiana and another now-extinct species appear to posses the natural sweetness which are their distinguishing characteristic.
How sweet is Stevia?
The sweet secret of Stevia lies in a complex molecule called Stevioside. It is this complex molecule and a number of other related compounds that account for Stevia's extraordinary sweetness. The Stevia herb or leaf, in its natural form, is approximately 10 to 15 times sweeter than common table sugar. Extracts of Stevia, can range from 100 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar.
Stevia rebaudiana is a herb that can be used as a replacement for sugar, honey and artificial sweeteners. Stevia is suitable for use with all types of recipes including soups, baked products, desserts and beverages.
Stevia is a flavour enhancer as well as a sweetener. It helps to bring out the true flavours in cereals, breads, pickles, juices, berries, sherbets, candies, yoghurt, ice cream, chewing gum, toothpaste and mouthwash.
Generally, one cup of sugar can be replaced with approximately 1/4 teaspoon of Stevia extract. However a small amount should be used first until the desired sweetness is obtained.
Stevia does not effect blood sugar metabolism. Some studies even report that Stevia reduces plasma glucose levels in normal adults. While Stevia has primarily been used as a sweetener, it has also been investigated as an aid in regulating blood sugar metabolism in diabetics.
It does not ferment in the body, so does not increase any yeast overgrowth that may be present making it suitable for candida sufferers. It can also be used as a remedy for bleeding gums and as a gargle for sore throats and colds. This is due to Stevia's anti-bacterial activity. Stevia has been shown to inhibit the development of plaque and cavities.
Each 1 sachet contains: Xylitol (from birch trees), Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni, Stevita Stevia* Proprietary Extract. * USDA Certified Organic
Breakdown: Calories 0grams, Total carbohydrates 0grams, Sugars 0gram, Sodium 0grams
No calories, trans fats, gluten, allergens. Zero glycemic index, all natural.
Use an individual sachet to naturally sweeten your food or drink. Each packet has the sweetness of 3 packets of sugar.
Stevita suggest you start with just 1/4 packet and then adjust for taste.
Keep out of reach of Children. In all cases of Diabetes, seek professional advice before self prescribing.