NuNaturals - NuStevia White Stevia Powder - 100 Packets (3.5 oz. / 100 g)
NuNaturals NuStevia White Stevia Powder is a premium natural sweetener that is non-bitter and zero calorie. NuNaturals NuStevia products use only the highest grade of Stevia extract available, selected for purity, sweetness, and superior flavor. This extract does not have an unpleasant aftertaste.
Plant-based natural flavors are added to make their NuStevia products the best-tasting ones available. NuStevia is a natural herbal sweetener.
Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate. It is used to make it easier to measure the NuStevia extract and act as a filler so the concentrated extract can be put into packets.
NuNaturals NuStevia should not affect blood sugar levels in most individuals. NuStevia is great for people wanting to control the calories in their diet.
This product does not contain gluten. The Maltodextrin used in White Stevia Powder products is derived from corn. The Erythritol used in their NoCarbs Blend products is derived from corn.
NuNaturals Stevia products are not only non-bitter, but will not leave an unpleasant lingering aftertaste in your mouth like other Stevia products will. This is achieved by both removing the bitter components of the Stevia extract and through the use of natural flavors that improve the taste of the Stevia extract.
What is Maltodextrin?
Maltodextrin is 99.96% carbohydrate and .04% sugar.
Where does Maltodextrin come from?
The maltodextrin NuNaturals uses as an ingredient in NuStevia White Stevia Powder is made from corn.
How is Maltodextrin made?
Corn is made into slurry (corn mush)
It is then liquefied
The liquid undergoes an acid/enzyme conversion
The liquid goes through filtration and a carbon treatment.
The liquid is then evaporated.
The condensed liquid is now spray dried and separated. One of the products separated out is maltodextrin.
Why does NuNaturals use Maltodextrin in its NuStevia White Stevia Powder?
Maltodextrin is tasteless and therefore perfect as a flowing agent in their NuStevia White Stevia Powder.
Maltodextrin dissolves clearly in hot or cold liquids.
Maltodextrin does not harden in packets and bottles.
Maltodextrin will not cause digestive problems.
How much Stevia is in one serving of NuStevia White Stevia Powder?
One serving is ½ tsp. powder (1 individual packet). It contains 80 mg of NuStevia extract and 920 mg of Maltodextrin. A very small amount of natural flavors are used.
How much sugar is in a packet of their NuStevia White Stevia Powder?
.04%. The .04% sugar in maltodextrin is equivalent to 32 milligrams (mg).
How many milligrams (mg) of sugar are in 2 teaspoons white table sugar?
There are 8,000 mgs of sugar in 2 tsp. of white table sugar. That is 250 times more sugar than in 1 packet of NuStevia.
Why isn't sugar listed on the label of NuStevia?
It is such a minute amount that it is not considered to be significant enough to nutritionally be considered.
Why does NuNaturals need a flowing agent in the NuStevia White Stevia Powder?
NuNaturals Stevia Extract is so extremely concentrated that 1/32 tsp. is equal to 1 serving. NuNaturals add maltodextrin to help the Stevia flow smoothly out of the packet. Maltodextrin also allows the Stevia to be more easily measured.
Is Maltodextrin safe for diabetics even though it is high on the Glycemic Index of food?
The American Diabetes Association (ADA), in its recently released nutritional guidelines, concludes that the Glycemic Index is not an appropriate guide for people with diabetes. ADA's experts scrutinized existing research studies on the effects of high GI diets versus low GI diets in people with type-2 diabetes. They found that a high GI diet had no adverse effect on measures of blood glucose or cholesterol. They also found that a low GI diet provided no convincing evidence of long-term benefit. These findings led to the ADA's conclusion that the total amount of carbohydrates eaten, rather than the type, determines the blood sugar response. In your meal planning and eating habits, it is OK to include a variety of carbohydrates so long as they are part of a balanced and varied meal. The important thing is to count all carbohydrates in your daily allotment.
The actual glycemic index for maltodextrin (150) is high. Dr. Allen who heads the Glycemic Index Institute, the people who first developed the glycemic index has told them that amount of maltodextrin in a serving of NuStevia™ White Stevia™ (less than a gram) will not affect blood sugar levels significantly. You would need a serving size of about 10-15 grams (10-15 packets) to have a significant impact on blood sugar levels. Eating something with protein or fat further reduces the effect of maltodextrin on blood sugar.
Unless you are using more than 15 packets of their White Stevia as one serving, it should not adversely affect your blood sugar levels. 15 packets would be the equivalent taste of a 1 1/4 cup of sugar!
NuStevia White Stevia NoCarbs, NuStevia White Stevia Pure Extract (1 oz bottle), NuStevia Quick Dissolve Tabs, and all the liquids are 0 on the Glycemix Index should the small impact that a serving of their products with maltodextrin be a concern.
What the natural flavors they use and why do they use them?
They are using natural flavors that are plant based extracts. These extracts help to increase the sense of sweetness and rounds out the flavor of their NuStevia as well as Pure Liquid Clear Stevia, Vanilla Stevia and Alcohol Free products. From endless consumer feedback, they know that people regard NuStevia products as the best tasting and sweetest products on the market. Even though they are selling Stevia as a dietary supplement, they know taste is very important to people.
The natural flavors are natural plant extracts from herbs and berries. These natural flavors do not contain any MSG (monosodium glutamate) or any other “natural flavors” that are known to cause allergic reactions in the body. Theye do scrutinize the ingredients that they use very carefully and would not use an ingredient known to cause reactions.
They do not wish to disclosure the source of the natural flavor because it is a trade secret. They have spent a lot of time researching and developing the best tasting Stevia products on the market and do not wish to share this information with other companies selling Stevia.
NuNaturals have been adding these natural flavors to their Stevia products for over 4 years and have not received any communication from the people using their Stevia products about negative reactions. There have been over a half a billion servings sold without one negative reaction reported to NuNaturals. With that track record, they am extremely confident that their Stevia products are very non-allergenic.