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Global Stevia Institute

Launched in 2010, the Global Stevia Institute (GSI) provides some science-based information about stevia.

LiveScience

Launched in 2004, Live Science offers a fascinating window into the natural and technological world, and to empower and inspire readers with the tools needed to understand the world and appreciate its everyday awe.

World Stevia Organisation

Created in May 2010, the World Stevia Organisation is a non-profit-making international organization to link together all people involved in stevia at all levels.

Stevia World

Stevia World is a networking forum in stevia value chain showcasing the who's who in stevia sector, who will highlight upcoming opportunities, regulatory challenges and  shares market updates.  

Stevia: The Genus Stevia

Editor: A. Douglas Kinghorn, CRC Press, 2001, 224 pages 

BBC News Magazine

June 03, 2013

How did stevia get mainstream?

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Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

February 01, 2017

Coca-Cola has unveiled a revolutionary design across all of its soda range in Australia.

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Medical News Today

December 01, 2016

  Is stevia safe?  

Medical News Today (MNT) is owned and operated by MediLexicon International Ltd, a leading healthcare internet publishing company, with headquarters in the United Kingdom and offices in Taiwan.

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Huffington Post

October 15, 2014

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Stevia

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Reader's Digest

6 Foods That Trick Your Taste Buds

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National Geographic

July 16, 2013

How Sugar Substitutes Stack Up

Here are the cakes we baked with sugar substitutes. The name of each sweetener is superimposed on the cake that included it. 

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  • Stevia is a plant originally from South America.

  • Discovered over 200 years ago in Paraguay.

  • The natives have used stevia leaves to sweeten beverages and food for hundreds of years.

  • Today, stevia is grown in China, Paraguay, Kenya, and USA.

  • Stevia can be grown in our home gardens like other herbal plants.

  • The sweet tasting compounds found in the leaves.

  • Scientifically, these compounds are called steviol glycosides.

  • These compounds are 200 to 350 times sweeter than sugar.

  • These compounds are extracted from stevia leaves through a process of extraction, filtration and dehydration.

  • Stevia = 0 calorie.

  • Stevia is perhaps unique among food ingredients because it is most valued for what it does not do.

  • It does not add calories.

  • Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia is derived from a plant. 

  • Stevia is a genus of between 150 and 200 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae).

  • Stevia is widely grown for its sweet leaves.

  • Stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar.

  • Its extracts have a bitter and licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.

  • The sweetener power is given by stevia leaf extract, which has not the same properties than stevia leaves alone.

  • The extract contains steviol glycosides as stevioside, rebaudioside A and other components.

  • The extract is used as a sweetener.

    *   Liquorice is the root of a plant from pea family from which a sweet flavour is extracted, and used as a sweet flavouring agent for tobacco and cigarettes.

  • Stevia has become widely used in certain parts of the world as a natural sweetening agent.

  • Purified stevia extracts have been used as sweeteners and flavor enhancers in the food industry in Japan for over a quarter of a century

  • These extracts have been found to be up to 300 times sweeter than sucrose.

  • Provides reviews on the botany, ethnobotany, and chemical constituents of the genus Stevia.

  • Offers some insight into the various applications of stevia extracts in Japan and Korea

  • Global beverage giant Coca-Cola has given a new look to all of its soda range.

  • Classic, Zero, Diet Coke and Coke with Stevia, will feature the iconic 'red disc'.

  • The new design also reinforces the company's commitment to encourage more choice for consumers from its low and no sugar varieties.

  • Each flavour will be identified with a splash of its signature colours consumers know so well – black for Zero, silver for Diet and green for Stevia.

  • Natural sweetener that is 250-300 times sweeter than sugar.

  • Made from leaves of stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni).

  • No calories, no sugar or carbohydrates. and its glycemic index is zero.

  • Mainly added to non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Increasingly used in combination with sugar.

  • Stevia is a plant grown in Brazil and Paraguay.

  • Stevia is much sweeter than sugar, the extract can taste 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar.

  • Stevia is calorie-free, but that does not necessarily mean you will lose weight if you swap sugar for stevia.

  • Stevia and other artificial sweeteners that have been approved for use in the United States do not appear to pose any health risks when used in moderation.

 
  • Packaged stevia isn’t necessarily “all natural”.

  • Stevia is a lot sweeter than sugar.

  • Stevia can replace sugar in baking…

  • ... but it doesn’t caramelize.

  • Stevia can be purchased in liquid and powdered concentrates. 

  • Stevia is calorie-free, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll lose weight if you sub it for sugar. 

  • This zero-calorie sweetener reacts with your taste buds differently from how sugar does.

  • While sugar triggers only sweet receptors in the mouth, stevia triggers sweet and bitter receptors.

  • This could leave you with a bitter taste if you add too much stevia to, say, your cup of coffee.

  • Some people’s genetics may make them more prone to a long-lasting aftertaste.

  • Artificial Sweeteners and Diabetes 

  • There are plenty of reasons to avoid fructose and its even more vilified twin, high-fructose corn syrup.

  • For athletes, these sweeteners provide much-needed energy.

  • For the rest of us, they are high-calorie, zero-nutrition temptations that can lead to obesity and a host of related conditions — diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease.

  • When sugar has a rap sheet like this, alternative sweeteners start to look appealing.

  • For diabetics, most of these substitutes do not cause the dramatic blood sugar spikes associated with the real thing.

  • For weight watchers, zero (or dramatically reduced) calories are a dieter's boon.

  • But which to choose?

  • There are scores of sugar substitutes; most fall into one of four categories: natural sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, dietary supplements, and sugar alcohols.

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