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All Stevia Brands are NOT Alike! What you should look for when purchasing stevia?

Posted by Administrator on 3/1/2013
The market for Stevia has started blossoming into quite the selection as many manufacturers are jumping on the Stevia bandwagon.

Stevia is not technically a sweetener, its an herb that just happens to be sweet. And since Stevia is not a sugar it does not affect blood sugar levels, in fact it is proven to regulate blood sugar and is also known to help lower blood pressure.

Most grocery stores and even corner markets now carry some form of Stevia. But before you just purchase a package of Stevia, make sure you check the ingredients. Many brands have added ingredients that are harmful to our bodies.

When choosing a stevia brand, stay away from brands that have additives like rebiana, dextrose and maltodextrin.


Here's why:

Rebiana- is the trade name for high-purity rebaudioside. It is a 42-step procedure to derive Rebiana from the stevia leaves, using chemicals such as acetone, methanol, acetonitrile, isopropanol, tert-butano.  Rebiana is a chemically modified form of stevia, it is NOT pure stevia. It is not an ingredient in the stevia plant, nor is it found in nature. It is produced by the action of chemicals and stringent alcohols on various stevia glycosides. Rebaudioside A (Reb A), on the the other hand, is one of the 11 glycoside compounds within stevia leaves, is produced by the action of sunlight on the stevia leaves, and is about 400 times sweeter than sugar.  

(Sorry Truvia which is developed by the Coca-Cola company, Purevia which is developed by PepsiCo. and OnlySweet)

Truvia and PureVia packets are not just rebiana.  Erythritol is mixed with Reb-A sweetener to tone down its licorice aftertaste.  Erythritol, a natural extract made from fermented fruit, is a sugar alcohol that is listed as zero-calories on the label because the carbohydrates are minuscule in a serving packet.   But as with all sugar alcohols, large amounts may lead to digestive problems.  - See more at: http://caloriecount.about.com/stevia-rebiana-facts-myths-b316891#sthash.x9zvWFwc.dpuf


Maltodextrin- Usually made from rice, corn, or potato starch, maltodextrin is produced by cooking down the starch.  It is a processed additive.  It is considered safe by the FDA, which is not the same thing as healthy.  It is basically a filler with no nutritional value.  It is known to contain MSG and it doesn't need to state that on the ingredient label.  Maltodextrin is one of the first two ingredients in Splenda.

(Sorry Stevia in the Raw, NuNaturals, & Stevia Sweet)


Dextrose- Dextrose, fructose, and glucose are all monosaccharides, known as simple sugars.  These sugars can combine to form more complex sugars, including the disaccharide known as sucrose, or table sugar.  Dextrose is derived from starchy food ingredients like rice, wheat, or potatoes but it is usually GMO (Gentically Modified Organism) Corn. 

(Sorry Stevia in the Raw)


What is the Best brand of Stevia to purchase that does not contain the above ingredients?  

Sweetleaf Stevia is the only chemical-free, zero-calorie, zero-carb, zero-glycemic index, 100% natural sweetener there is. Its made by taking the highest quality leaves of the Stevia plant and extracting their naturally sweet taste with only cool, purified water. No chemicals, no alcohols, no erythritol, no ethanol or methanol, no aspartame, no sucralose, no maltodextrin, no dextrose, no additives that cover up the great taste nature created period.  Sweetleaf Stevia is non-GMO, allergen-free and gluten free.

Inulin is an all-natural, soluble vegetable fiber that nourishes the good intestinal flora which support immune function and promote digestive health and is added to Sweetleaf Fiber Plus Powder.

SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener is a healthy choice for everyone - including people with diabetes. SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener begins with the highest quality Stevia leaves from nutrient rich soils; then the leaves release their sweetest compounds during gentle processing with only cool, purified water. The result is pure sweetness with zero calories, zero carbs, zero guilt and 100% great taste. The unique SweetLeaf method provides farmers a way to earn a fair and safe living, and is completely natural, sustainable, green process from start to finish. From plant to process to product, SweetLeaf Stevia is the sweetener you can actually smile about in every way. Well-suited to every diet, SweetLeaf is 100% natural and contains no chemicals or alcohol residue to create an unpleasant aftertaste. Sweetness as nature intended.


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stevia extract is made from only high grade stevia leaves and cool, purified water from leaf to packet. No chemicals, no alcohols, no erythritol, no ethanol or methanol, no aspartame, no sucralose, no maltodextrin, no dextrose, no additives, period. Non-GMO; allergen-free and gluten free. Inulin is an all-natural, soluble vegetable fiber that nourishes the good intestinal flora which support immune function and promote digestive health. SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener is a healthy choice for everyone - including people with diabetes. SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener begins with the highest quality Stevia leaves from nutrient rich soils; then the leaves release their sweetest compounds during gentle processing with only cool, purified water. The result is pure sweetness with zero calories, zero carbs, zero guilt and 100% great taste. The unique SweetLeaf method provides farmers a way to earn a fair and safe living, and is completely natural, sustainable, green process from start to finish. From plant to process to product, SweetLeaf Stevia is the sweetener you can actually smile about in every way. Well-suited to every diet, SweetLeaf is 100% natural and contains no chemicals or alcohol residue to create an unpleasant aftertaste. Sweetness as nature intended. The sweetness your family craves. The natural goodness they deserve. - See more at: http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=702899&storeId=10052&langId=-1#sthash.ceKvdD6o.dpuf


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Eric Draven Date 3/6/2013
Great article! I didn't know there were so many nasty additives in the other major brands claiming to be all natural. I'm definately sticking to Sweetleaf Stevia!!
eVitaminMarket Date 6/27/2013
Thanks for the feedback, Barb! We are definitely non-GMO purchasers here at eVitaminMarket as well. For those in doubt, check out the "Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Buy Organic" (Yeah, we're kinda lumping organic and non-GMO together :) http://www.evitaminmarket.com/blog.asp?action=post&id=140
Barb Eaton Date 6/27/2013
I am definitely going to buy Sweetleaf. I have some from the grocery store...guess where that one is going - in the dump. It's GMO and I am trying to buy all NON-GMO. Foods, soaps, dog shampoo, dog food & treats, beer...I'm amazed at all the Non-Gmo products I can find on-line and at our local stores too! Google the Non-Gmo shopping List, print it out and then check out the brands and where they're sold. Thanks for this article - just helped me decide which Stevia I'm going to buy so I can ditc
eVitaminMarket Date 9/12/2013
Right Here at eVitaminMarket! http://www.evitaminmarket.com/Sweetleaf-Flavored-Stevia-_c_12.html
ildiko Date 9/12/2013
Thank you it is very informative. Could you tell me where I can purchase it?
Gail Wagner Date 2/28/2014
Do you have the The "Non-GMO Project Verified" Seal? I look for that now, I usually stick to "organic" but I trust the verified seal too. I never trust "natural" because my idea of natural and the governments idea of it do not come even close.
Jim Berry Date 2/12/2015
I think you need to update your list of brands that use Maltodextrin. I have a bottle of 365 from Whole Foods in front of me right now, and nowhere on the label does it say anything about having Maltodextrin in it. The ingredients are: "Organic Stevia extract (Stevia Rebaudiana) (Leaf) in a base of deionized water and 11% organic alcohol." That's it. Nothing else.
evitaminmarket Date 2/13/2015
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Jim Berry. We are glad to see Wholefoods 365 brand has reformulated their powdered stevia!
 
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