Frequently asked questions

What is Stevia?


It is calorie fre natural sweetener with zero glycemic index derived from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. Stevia herb is 10 to 15 times sweeter than sugar and the stevia extracts are 300-400 times sweeter than sugar.




What is Sugar Substitute?


Sugar Substitutes are food additives that replicate the effect of sugar in taste but with less or no food energy. There are two types of sugar substitutes available one is natural sweeteners and other being artificial sweeteners. Stevia belongs to natural sweetners category.




Why Replace Sugar with Stevia?


It is Zero Calories, Zero Glycemic Index, Fat-free and Carbohydrates-free natural sweetener. Ideal for Diabetics, Weight loss & Weight management and useful for healthy lifestyle with Low-calorie diet plan.




Does Stevia contain Vitamins and Minerals?


Raw herbal stevia contains nearly one hundred identified phytonutrients and volatile oils, including trace amounts of Rutin (from the Callus) B-Sitosterol (from the leaves). However, in the quantities typically consumed, the nutritive benefits will be negligible. The extracts of stevia being more refined will contain far fewer of these phytonutrients and volatile oils.




What are the Advantages of Stevia over Sugar?


Helps to limit sugar intake for the people with diabetes. Helps to reduce the calorie intake for people with overweight and obesity. Helps for dental health (prevents tooth decay)




How long stevia has been in use as a sweetener?


Stevia Rebaudiana is a plant species which is a native of the subtropical, tropical south and central American regions. The leaves of this plant have been in use for about 1500 years. The local people of two regions in Brazil and Paraguay used the leaves as sweeteners for tea and medicines. Stevia initially commercially produced in Japan in the early 1970's and almost every household in Japan uses stevia as sweetners today.




Does stevia help in dental care?


Two tests conducted by Purdue University's Dental Science Research Group have concluded that Stevioside is both fluoride compatible and significantly inhibits the development of plaque, hence stevia actually help to prevent cavities.




Is Stevia Approved in India?


Yes. It has been approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India [FSSAI] Govt. of India has approved the use of Stevia as "Steviol Glycoside" as Non-Nutritive Sweetener with a Gazette Notification Number: F.No.P.15025/208/2013-PA/FSSAI-13th November 2015.




Can stevia be used in cooking and baking?


Yes Absolutely! Industrial research in Japan has shown that stevia and stevioside extract exteremely heat stable (up to 400-degree centigrade in a variety of everyday cooking and baking situations.




What is the replacement factor for stevia herbal powder and stevia extract in terms of common table top sugar?


Since the crude herb may vary in strength, some experimentation may be necessary. Generally, stevia herb is 10 to 15 times sweeter than sugar and this is a fair and approximate replacement factor. The stevia extracts are 300-400 times sweeter than sugar and specific replacement factor varies from each manufacturer of stevia sweeteners.




Will stevia change the colour of cooked food?


The green herbal powder may impart a slight amount of colour to your food, depending on how much you used in your recipe. If you are concerned about the colour, it is recommended to use the stevia extract (white powder) or a similar clear transparent stevia liquid extract.




How much stevia sweetener is required to sweetne a cup of tea or coffee?


Generally it is with 1:10 ratio (please check the label on the stevia product before start using it). That is, if you are using 10grams of sugar to sweeten a cup of tea or coffee then 1gm of stevia sweetners is sufficient to sweetena cup of 75ml beverages.




Can I extract stevia at home?


Yes, A liquid extract can be made from the whole stevia leaves or from the green herbal stevia powder. Simply combine a measured portion of stevia leaves or herbal powder with pure USP grain alcohol (Scotch will also do) and let the mixsutr sit for 24hours. Filter the liquid from the leaves or powder rsidue and dilute to taste using pure water. Note that the alcohol content can be reduced by very slowly heating (not boiling) the extraxt and allowing the alcohol to evaporate off. A pure water extract can be similarly prepared, but will not extract quite as much of the sweet glycosides as will the alcohol. Either liquid extract can be cooked down and concentrated into a syrup.




How are stevia extracts prepared?


Extracts of stevia leaves can prepared by number of methods. Production of stevioside involves water extraction from the dried leaves, followed by purification and crystalization processes. Most commercial processes consist of water extraction, decolouration and purification using ion-exchange resins, electorlytic techniques or precipitating agents.




Does stevia taste exactly like sugar?


It almost matches in the sweetness of sugar, but it take a couple of weeks for your taste buds to adjust to the stevia sweetness. To overcome the sweetness issues, there are many products available in the market with 50% fewer calories, 75% fewer calories they all are stevia blended with cane sugar and people with diabetes should watch the calories and glycemic index values before consuming. Stevia blended fewer calories sweeteners is ideal for the people for a low-calorie diet who doesn't compromise on the tastiness of sugar.




Can stevia be helpful for weight loss?


Yes, it is with zero-calorie and fat-free sweetener. One tablespoon of sugar apporximately measure around 4grams with 16calories in it. Your calorie-intake depends on how many spoons of sugar you consume in aday in beverages, it can be zero when replaced with stevia sweetener.




Is stevia is safe for diabetes patients?


Yes, it is 100% safe for diabetes patients as it is with zero calories and zero glycemic index and it does not have any impact on blood sugar level.




Where can I get Stevia Sugar?


Swadeshi Stevia Sugar products are available in leading stores in major cities and also in online stores.




What I can't do with stevia?


Stevia does not caramelize as sugar does. Meringues may also be difficult since stevia does not brown or crystalize as sugar does.





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