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Stevia Extract Gives You the Sweet Taste Without Adding the Calories.

San Antonio TX. The Global Stevia Institute (GSI) defines stevia extract as a “naturally sourced, zero calorie, and sustainable sweetening ingredient for foods and beverages.” It is an extract from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana that has been used as a natural origin sugar substitute around the globe for centuries.  It is an option for people who want zero calorie sweetness from a natural source.

The sweetening components of stevia extract are called steviol glycosides. The GSI explains that stevia extract is low in calories because steviol glycosides are poorly absorbed in the body and pass through the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and small intestines, fully intact. Once they reach the colon, gut bacteria hydrolyze them into steviol by snipping off their glucose units. Steviol is then absorbed via the portal vein and primarily metabolized by the liver forming steviol glucoronide, and then excreted in the urine.

According to the GSI, research has shown that there is no accumulation of stevia extract in the body during metabolism. It is a result of this essentially poor absorption in the digestive tract which ultimately contributes to the fact that stevia extract has zero calories.

The highly purified stevia extract can contain just one steviol glycoside or several. The GSI says that one of the best-tasting and sweetest of all the steviol glycosides is high purity Rebaudioside-A (Reb-A), which is also one of the most abundant steviol glycosides found in the stevia leaf. Reb A can be extracted from the stevia leaf and can be used in products to achieve a very similar taste of sucrose.

After several scientific studies, Reb-A’s used as zero calorie sweetener in foods and beverages has been approved by leading authorities.

It is the highly purified stevia extract – containing Reb A or other steviol glycosides – what food and beverage manufacturers use as an ingredient in their products.

Svetia® Calorie -Free Sweetener is a non-calorie stevia extract-based sweetener made with Reb A (97% purity) as high intensity sweetener and cane sugar only as bulking agent. Svetia® is the best-tasting option among stevia extract sweeteners; it does not contain calories or artificial ingredients.

Each packet of Svetia® has one gram (0% of the Daily Value) of carbohydrates and only four calories per packet, which the FDA considers dietetically zero calories per serving, so that Svetia® Calorie -Free Sweetener can claim to be a calorie-free sweetener.

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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