Sweeteners

A sugar substitute is a food additive that duplicates the effect of sugar in taste, usually with less food energy. Some sugar substitutes are natural and some are synthetic. Stevia has been widely used as a natural sweetener in South America for centuries and in…

A sugar substitute is a food additive that duplicates the effect of sugar in taste, usually with less food energy. Some sugar substitutes are natural and some are synthetic. Stevia has been widely used as a natural sweetener in South America for centuries and in Japan since 1970.

Due to its unique characteristics of zero glycemic index and zero calories, it is fast becoming popular in many other countries. In 1987, the FDA issued a ban on stevia because it had not been approved as a food additive. After being repeatedly provided with a significant amount of scientific data proving that there was no side-effect of using stevia as a sweetener from companies such as Cargill and Coca-Cola, the FDA gave a “no objection” approval for GRAS status in December 2008 to Truvia, a blend of rebiana and erythritol, as well as PureVia both of which using rebaudioside A derived from the Stevia plant.

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