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How are Stevia Extract Sweeteners Zero-Calorie?

San Antonio, TX. According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), leading health and nutrition organizations around the world have stated that stevia extract is as a safe, acceptable option to reduce calories in foods and beverages and help manage weight.


Stevia extract is obtained from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, used for by the Guaraní people from Brazil and Paraguay, to sweeten their local mate tea and as medicine. The components in this plant that give it its sweetness are scientifically called steviol glycosides, which are what food and beverage manufacturers use in their products as sweeteners. One of the steviol glycosides with the best sweetener properties is rebaudioside A (Reb A), that is used in Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener, a non-calorie sweetener made of stevia extract.

Margaret Ashwell, PhD, OBE, former Science Director of the British Nutrition Foundation, states that reason for stevia extract being zero calorie is because steviol glycosides are poorly absorbed in the body and pass through the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and small intestines, fully intact. “It is not digested at all in the small intestine,” she said and explained that once steviol glycosides reach the colon, gut bacteria hydrolyze steviol glycosides into steviol by snipping off their glucose units. Dr. Ashwell explains that the glucose molecules are fermented by bacteria and the steviol is then absorbed via the portal vein and primarily metabolized by the liver forming steviol glucoronide, and then excreted in the urine. Several research studies have shown there is no accumulation of stevia extract in the body during metabolism. Stevia extract has zero calories essentially due to this poor absorption in the digestive tract.

Nowadays the best-tasting option among zero-calorie stevia extract sweeteners is Svetia® Calorie -Free Sweetener, made with Reb A (97% purity) as high intensity sweetener and cane sugar as bulking agent or carrier; it does not contain calories or artificial ingredients and it meets the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for no-calorie foods (less than 5 calories per serving). It is notable for its excellent flavor, feature that has earned Svetia® several awards as the Superior Taste Award received in 2014.

Use Svetia® Calorie -Free Sweetener in food and beverages. It can reduce added sweet calories to lower total caloric intake without sacrificing taste in a wide variety of foods and beverages.

You can find Svetia® Calorie -Free Sweetener in all Heb supermarkets across Texas or online at


SVETIA® Calorie – Free Sweetener is made with cane sugar and stevia extract. One packet of SVETIA® contains only one gram of carbohydrates. People with diabetes are advised to check with their registered dietitian or physician.



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