Stevia Sweetener – Stevia Liquid in a bottle – Stevia white powder
November 22 2017

History and safety of natural stevia Sweetener
Stevia has been used as a sweetening ingredient in foods and drinks by South American natives for many centuries, and there is no report of any plant toxicity to the consumers. Stevia sweetener has been added to a number of food products in Japan since the mid 1970s. No indications of any significant side effects have yet been reported after more than 20 years of use. Similarly, no reports of any adverse reactions to stevia have been reported in the United States. Donna (co-author of The Stevia Cookbook) and her family have been using stevia since 1990 without any health problems. I have used stevia daily in my morning tea, and to sweeten cocoa powder, since 1997 without any health problems. There are no indications at this point from any source that stevia has shown toxicity in humans. Stevia chewing gum is also available. You may also consider Stevia drink. Lime flavored stevia drink packets have no calories. All you do is put the contents of the packet in a quart of water and you immediately have a delicious stevia sweetened drink for the whole family to enjoy.
In 2008, the FDA approved stevia to be added to various soft drinks. In our opinion, stevia is a very safe natural sweetener and we hope more people use stevia rather than the artificial sweeteners that many patients with diabetes use, often in very high amounts.
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Natural stevia sweetener has the following benefit:
Stevia is 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, with minimal aftertaste. Stevia has no calories. Stevia is suitable for diabetes and those with high blood pressure. Children can use stevia without health concerns. Stevia does not cause tooth cavities. Stevia is heat stable and thus could be used for cooking and baking. Stevia is a great alternative to synthetic sweeteners. Can be easily blended with other sweeteners, such as honey. Stevia is already widely and safely consumed in many countries around the world for decades.

Stevia Clear Liquid Extract 2 oz.
Ray Sahelian, M.D.
• Stevia liquid pure
• Dietary Supplement

NuNaturals uses an EXTRACT which has been laboratory tested and certified to contain a minimum 90% of the steviosides, the active ingredient of Stevia while retaining the other beneficial components. Because of this, you can be assured that this stevia liquid bottle has a true stevia extract and that it will be consistent in quality. This is a highly concentrated stevia liquid extract and should not be confused with less potent tinctures or extracts.

Stevia Clear Liquid Supplement Facts
Amount Per Milliliter
Stevia Extract 140 mg
Stevia rebaudiana (20:1)

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Natural Stevia Sweetener Powder
3.5 oz (99.2 grams)
Planetary Formulas

Stevia white Powder Supplement Facts
Serving size: 1/8 teaspoon (316 mg)
Servings per Container: 313

Amount Per Serving: Stevia Leaf – 316 mg*
Suggested Use: 1/8 teaspoon stevia white powder or as desired in cooking or baking.

Stevia powder: see below for stevia packets
Stevia Powder

What is Stevia Sweetener?
Known by the official taxonomy name of Stevia rebaudiana, stevia is a plant of the daisy family that grows naturally in South America. The plant, at its full maturity, reaches a height of close to three feet. The green leaves of this plant contain large amounts (up to 5 percent of dry weight) of stevioside, a sweetener estimated to be 300 times as sweet as table sugar.
How Does natural Stevia Sweetener Taste?

Stevia, of course, is very sweet, and it only has a minimal aftertaste. A study done in 1977 indicates that the quality of sweetness of stevia is preferable to that of aspartame or saccharin (Abe, 1977).

A study conducted in Japan in 1976 found that pure stevia extract was 300 times as sweet as sucrose (or table sugar) at 0.4 percent sucrose concentration, and 100 times sweeter when compared to a 10 percent concentration.

What’s in Stevia Sweetener?
There are normally hundreds of chemicals present within any herbal product or extract. It’s sometimes very difficult to identify every single component of an herb. Preliminary studies with steviahave shown that it contains certain chemicals that provide a sweet taste including stevioside, and rebaudioside A (Kinghorn, 1984). As mentioned earlier, stevioside makes up about five percent of the dry weight, while rebaudioside makes up two percent. Hence, rebaudioside A is found at a lower concentration than stevioside, but is apparently a more pleasant-tasting sweet substance (Crammer, 1987). Additionally, the oily part of stevia contains a number of sterols including stigmasterol (46 percent), beta-sitosterol (39 percent) and campesterol (13 percent) (D’Agostino, 1984). The compounds within stevia are very stable and can last for decades. They are resistant to heat and time.
The many faces of stevia sweetener – Whole leaf, Ppwder, Extract, or Liquid?

With stevia permitted on the market as a dietary supplement, and poised to become an extremely popular product, there are quite a variety of different forms and extracts being marketed (even if none of them can officially be called a sweetener). Which stevia sweetener products you want to use will probably depend on the amount of sweetness required by the recipe and the degree to which the particular recipe or beverage will benefit from the licorice-like taste that accompanies its less refined forms.

If you shop at a health food or grocery store, you will generally find the several forms of stevia from a number of different manufacturers. Each product may taste slightly different. Don’t give up on stevia if you expect it to have the exact sweetness of sugar. It doesn’t. However, when you consider the wonderful benefits it provides, you may accept its imperfections. For some people, appreciating stevia, just like wine, is an acquired taste.

Fresh leaves
This form of stevia sweetener is the herb in its most natural, unrefined state. It is possible to grow a stevia plant in your house or backyard (see the resources section for companies that sell stevia cuttings). Just one word of caution. If you own a cat, you may not have too many stevia leaves left on the plant. They love to chew on it. For many centuries the Guarani Indians in South America used the leaves of stevia to sweeten their drinks. A leaf picked from a stevia plant and chewed will impart an extremely sweet taste sensation reminiscent of licorice that lasts for quite a while. In Bertoni’s first official description of the stevia plant, he noted that “A fragment of the leaf suffices to keep the mouth sweet for an hour.”

Dried Leaves
You can find the whole dried leaf of stevia sweetener in health food stores. For more of the flavor and sweet constituents of the stevia leaf to be released, drying and crushing are necessary. A dried leaf is considerably sweeter than a fresh one, and is the form of stevia used in brewing herbal tea. When added to herbal tea blends, amounts can be adjusted to provide more or less of a sweet taste. Finely powdered or pulverized stevia leaf can be found both in bulk form and in tea bags. Several companies add stevia in tea bags with other herbs but do not mention that the stevia is for sweetening purposes since they are not allowed by the FDA to do so. These companies will instead call the stevia a dietary supplement. Most of these products are currently found in health foods stores.
Stevia leaves have a greenish color and can be used as flavor enhancers or sweeteners in a wide variety of foods and beverages such as vegetables, coffee, applesauce, and hot cereals. However, in this form, expect stevia to have a more noticeable licorice-type aftertaste.
If you are interested in extracting the sweetening agents from the leaves, bring two cups of purified water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add one half ounce of crushed or powdered dried stevia leaves. Cover and boil for three minutes. Remove the covered pot from the heat and steep the herb until cool. Strain the water through a cheese cloth and refrigerate it in a covered container. The resulting liquid concentrate should be greenish black in color.
As a rule, about 10 percent of the leaves contain stevioside and rebaudioside, the actual sweet glycosides of stevia. Although stevia leaves contain various vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, the amounts consumed are generally so minimal that the nutritional value will be negligible.

Generally two to four leaves are sufficient to sweeten a cup of tea or coffee. For stevia to have a more practical application as a tea or sweetener, the leaves must be dried or put through an extraction process, which makes the sweet taste even more potent.

Green stevia sweetener powder
When the dried leaves are ground, they turn into a fine green powder which is generally about 10 to 20 times as sweet as sugar. You can convert this powder into syrup by dissolving 1 teaspoon of the powder into 2 cups of filtered or distilled water. Then simmer this down into a thicker syrup then put it in a small bottle and refrigerate it to increase its shelf life.

As a rule, the green powder is not very popular due to its aftertaste. However, it is widely available in health food stores. The majority of recipes call for stevia extract as opposed to the green powder so double-check your recipe and make sure you have the right form.

White stevia extract
This is the form most commonly used in Japan, and generally contains 85 to 95 percent of the sweet glycosides. In this form, it is close to 300 times sweeter than sugar. A teaspoon of this extract has sweetening power equivalent to 2 to 4 cups of sugar. The sugar-type stevia packets found in many Japanese restaurants are bulked up with another substance (such as maltodextrin) since a much smaller amount of the extract itself is needed. One company in the US has also started marketing stevia in small packets, similarly adding maltodextrin. Could stevia ever become so popular in the US that practically every restaurant in the country would offer packets of this sweetener alongside the pink packets of Sweet’ N Low and blue packets of Equal?

There are hundreds of patents for stevia extraction processes existing around the world. Japan, itself, has over 150. Canadian researchers are hard at work to make a pure extraction process that they hope may completely eliminate the aftertaste. The type of extraction would influence the concentration of the various sweet glycosides, such as stevioside and rebaudioside, and could therefore influence its aftertaste. Thus, not all stevia powders are the same.

Since extracted white stevia powder is so intensely sweet, we recommend that it be mixed with water and the solution used by the drop. You can dissolve 1 teaspoon of the powder with 3 tablespoons of filtered or sterile water. Once mixed, this solution should be stored in the refrigerator. You can then use it whenever you need a splash of sweetening when cooking. Generally one teaspoonful of this liquid solution, also called a ‘working solution,’ is roughly equivalent to one cup of sugar.

Stevia Liquid concentrates
These come in two distinctly different forms. One is a black, syrupy concentrate and the other is clear.
The black, syrup-like concentrate is made by boiling the dried leaves in water. Traditionally, the Guarani Indians thought this crude liquid had medicinal benefits. It has a delicious taste that adds to the flavor of many foods, particularly hot beverages. A dropper-style bottle is the most common way that this form of stevia is found in stores.
· The clear type of liquid concentrate is made by mixing a large amount of the white powder in distilled water or grain alcohol. Some of these liquid preparations contain other ingredients such as chrysanthemum flowers.
All types of liquid extract concentrates are available in health food stores or some retail outlets. They come in various sizes ranging from a third of an ounce to four ounce bottles. Generally a few drops of this concentrate is enough to sweeten a glass of tea, coffee or your favorite drink. With time, it’s likely that stevia will appear on the shelves of grocery stores and pharmacies nationwide.

Natural Stevia Sweetener for diabetes
The availability of artificial sweeteners has been of enormous benefit to diabetics. However, there’s always been a concern that over consumption of these synthetic sweeteners may cause some unknown harm to the body. Could stevia substitution be a good alternative in diabetics? We believe so. Stevia leaves have been used as herbal teas by diabetic patients in Asian countries. No side effects have been observed in these patients after many years of continued consumption (Suttajit, 1993). Furthermore, studies have shown that stevia sweetener can actually improve blood sugar levels.

In 1986, Brazilian researchers from the Universities of Maringa and Sao Paolo evaluated the role of stevia in blood sugar (Curi, 1986). Sixteen healthy volunteers were given extracts of 5 grams of stevia leaves every six hours for three days. The extracts from the leaves were prepared by immersing them in boiling water for 20 minutes. A glucose tolerance test (GTT) was performed before and after the administration of the extract and the results were compared to another group who did not receive the stevia extracts. During a GTT, patients are given a glass of water with glucose and their blood sugar levels are evaluated over the next few hours. Those who have a predisposition to diabetes will have a marked rise in blood sugar levels.
The volunteers on stevia sweetener were found to have significantly lower blood sugar levels after ingestion of stevia. This is a positive indication that stevia can potentially be beneficial to diabetics who substitute stevia in order to decrease their sugar consumption. Even if stevia by itself is not able to lower blood sugar levels, just the fact that a diabetic would consume less sugar is of significant importance in maintaining better blood sugar control.

If you’re diabetic, chances are you consume a large amount of artificial sweeteners and you may be concerned about switching to stevia since long-term human studies have not been done with this herb. You may also be accustomed in your use of these artificial sweeteners and would not be willing to completely stop them. One option is to gradually use less of them while substituting stevia. For instance, you can initially use stevia in some of your drinks, like coffee or tea. After a few weeks, if your comfort level with stevia increases, you can gradually use more of the herbal extract. Over the next few weeks and months you can either switch completely to stevia, or you can continue using it in combination with artificial sweeteners. With time more research will become available on the safety of stevia and artificial sweeteners. Based on the results of these studies, you can determine which ones to continue using in a larger amount.

It’s also quite possible that artificial sweeteners may be safe in low amounts, but problems could arise when they are used in excessive quantities. By partially or mostly substituting stevia, you can reduce any potential risk.

Sweet Teeth with No Cavities
Even a five-year old child knows that sugar causes tooth cavities. There are certain bacteria in our mouths, particularly streptococci mutans, that ferment various sugars to produce acids. These in turn eat through the enamel of the tooth causing pockets or cavities. For a long time, scientists have searched to find alternative sweeteners that are not fermentable by bacteria and hence do not cause cavities. Artificial sweeteners have been helpful in this regard.

Natural Stevia Sweetener in Children
Candies, sodas, ice cream, pies, cakes… it’s disturbing how many sweet products are ingested by children on a daily basis. All that sugar can lead to tooth cavities and obesity. We believe that partially substituting with stevia can help children satisfy their sweet tooth while decreasing the risks from excessive sugar intake.

If you’re a parent, you can take advantage of the many recipes provided in the second half of this book to provide your children with tasty sweets that will satisfy their sweet teeth but not cause damage to the teeth. Obesity in children is a growing problem in this country and any method we have of helping children reduce their caloric intake will be greatly beneficial.

We also are concerned with children overconsuming excessive amounts of artificial sweeteners. The potential, long-term health consequences of saccharin and aspartame ingestion are currently not fully known, but they do need to be kept in mind. Eliminating all artificial sweeteners will be a frustrating enterprise since they are extremely prevalent. However, by partially substituting stevia in homemade desserts, you can significantly reduce your children’s exposure to these artificial chemicals.

Hopefully, with time, stevia can be added to a variety of sodas, candies, gums, and other foods in the US, just like it currently is in Japan and other countries.

Stevia sweetener for Pregnancy or Breast Feeding
Since human studies providing stevia sweetener during pregnancy have not been done, we don’t know whether its use during this period is safe. We suspect, though, that small amounts of stevia would not cause any problems. However, we will not know for certain until studies are completed.
Natural stevia sweetener use
Those who are novices at using stevia sweetener often make the mistake of using too much. Since stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar, excessive amounts can lead to over-sweetness and an aftertaste. Generally, one teaspoon of stevia would be equivalent to one cup of sugar, while a quarter teaspoon would be equivalent to one tablespoon of sugar. Stevia sweetener is available in concentrated liquid form, and often two to four drops of stevia liquid added to tea or coffee is sufficient to sweeten the drink.

Stevia liquid questions
Q. How many drops of stevia liquid is needed for lemon juice is a glass?
A. You may used 3 to 5 stevia liquid drops in a glass of lemon ade.

Can I use stevia liquid in a cup of tea?
A. Yes, two or three drops of stevia liquid should be sufficient.

Can stevia liquid be added to cacao powder?
A. Yes, stevia liquid can be added to cocoa powder.

Does stevia liquid have side effects?
A. No stevia liquid side effects have been reported thus far.

  1. Is stevia safe?
    A. Yes, stevia is safe. No stevia health problems have been mentioned in the medical literature.
  2. Is there a reason to be concerned about safety of stevia sweetner?
    A. Stevia has been sold in Japan since the 1970s and in the US since the mid 1990s with no reports of any significan safety concerns or dangers or any physical harm.
  3. Where can I buy bulk stevia sweetner?
    A. If you search on line, you will find several companies that sell bulk stevia.
  4. Is chocolate stevia sweetener available?
    A. Yes, Stevita company makes a chocoloate powder mix with stevia sweetener. You can also make your own chocolate powder mixing cocoa powder with stevia, but most people prefer additional sweeteners added.

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