Stevita - Spoonable Organic Stevia Sweetener Powder - 16 oz. (454 g)
Stevita Liquid Extract Stevia Sweetener Powder is made from the sweetest tasting crystals produced by the stevia plant (USDA Certified Organic/grown on our own farms) makes the contents of this package as sweet as 3 packets of sugar. To make it possible to package the powder in small individual servings and make easier to control the sweetness of the packet, Stevia blends it with certified organic erythritol, a sugar alcohol, derived from fruit, grains and vegetables. Erythritol is commonly used as a food bulking ingredient. No other ingredients or natural flavors (masking flavors to improve the flavor of the stevia extract) are used.
What is stevia?
Among the many plants of the Compositae family, the Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni is the only one that produces intensively sweet tasting substances called "steviol glycosides." The Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni is a perennial plant that can reach 4 ft tall and is native of the highlands of central southeast South America covering portions of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. For centuries the Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni has been used by the local natives and first settlers of the area, as a traditional medicine for diabetics and also as a source of sweetener for their drinks and teas.
What is the origin of the stevia in packets, jars or in bulk sold in the USA market?
The vast majority of stevia extract used by local manufacturers and sold in packets, jars or in bulk in the USA market is produced in China. These manufacturers, by regulation, do not have to disclose on the package of their products the origin of the stevia extract, which more likely is Chinese.
What types of stevia can I find in the market?
Extract: The purity of the extract is determined by the percentage of steviol-glycosides, the sweet tasting crystals, in the final product. Extracts are available in different sizes jars, except the SimplyStevia, which is available in individual packets. In an extraction process, called EM (Enzymatically Modified) the stevia extract is produced by a reaction of stevia leaves, glucose and enzymes. This product has a yellowish/white color and usually a fruity or honey taste, which is due to the glucose and enzymes used in the extraction process. The final product has a high percentage of glucose. Some manufacturers label this product as “pure” stevia. Stevita is a non-EM product.
Extract blended with bulking ingredients: All the stevias in the market sold in individual packets are blended with bulking ingredients. The only exception is SimplyStevia which is pure stevia with no other ingredients. Some of the bulking used are dextrose (a type of sugar, not good for diabetics), FOS, erythritol, xylitol, maltodextrine (not recommended for diabetics).
Extract blended with bulking ingredients plus natural flavors: A few brands in the market contain, besides bulking ingredients, "natural flavors," which are used to enhance the flavor of the extract. A high purity extract does not require any such "masking flavor."
The Stevita Story
Stevita is dedicated to offering you the highest quality and best tasting stevia, supported by a long tradition in the stevia business.
- Farmers in Maringa, Brazil in the early 80's formed a cooperative to harvest stevia leaves. Maringa is in Southwestern Brazil, the native habitat of the stevia plant.
- In the mid 80's, they turned it into a company to farm the plants and extract the sweet crystals from the stevia leaves.
- In 1987 the extraction factory was completed.
- In 1988 the Stevita brand, the first stevia table top sweetener in the world, was introduced in the local market.