Food & Beverage

Aug 30, 2018

STEVIA

This is already the century to take care of the body balance and healthcare. From the trip to gym three times a week, jogging in a park or by a river side or even on the beach, vegan food or even the external visual care, it will all do so that people can feel good with themselves.

By JORGE MATIAS

Since the beginning of the 21stcentury, health regulatory authorities have placed a closer look at the power supply of the population and alerted to the benefits or the care with the intake of certain substances. Among the targets singled out are the consumption of salt and sugar.

In the case of sugar, there are several surrogates widely known for over 50 years. But one of the more natural is undoubtedly stevia, a natural sweetener without calories, that has been used as a substitute for natural sugar and aromatic ingredient for hundreds of years. Stevia is a natural vegetable extract derived from leaves of stevia plant.

The stevia plant is native from South America. It began to be consumed for more than 200 years, in South America, where indigenous peoples used the leaves of the plant to sweeten drinks or to chew them, due to its sweet taste. Traditionally, the leaves of the plant (often referred to as "sweet herb") were dried and used to sweeten mate, teas and medicines.

The stevia plant was registered scientifically for the first time in 1899 as 'Eupatorium rebaudianum' by Moisés Santiago Bertoni in Paraguay. In 1905, it was renamed as Stevia rebaudiana, a member of the sunflower family.

Was adopted commercially as a sweetener for the first time in Japan in early 1970, where still today is an appreciated ingredient. It is cultivated mainly in Paraguay, Kenya, China and United States, in addition to many other parts of the world, including Vietnam, Brazil, India, Argentina and Colombia.

The components of the sweet flavor of stevia are called steviol glycosides, which are naturally present in the stevia leaf. Each steviol glycoside has a flavor profile and an intensity of sweetness. Purified extracts of stevia leaves contain a glycoside of steviol glycosides or different, which can be up to 400 times sweeter than sugar.

The stages of the extraction process include: the grind of the leaves, the water extraction, filtration and separation of liquid plant material; then the purification of the extract with water or food-grade alcohol, followed by drying, in order to obtain a high purity of leaf extract.

This extraction and purification process gives the purified leaf extract a crisper and more sugar-like flavour than the crude stevia extracts. These may contain plant components that add additional flavors, thus not having a purely sweet taste. Purification is also needed to satisfy safety standards for use in food and beverages.

The sweetness of approximately three leaves of stevia can replace the amount of sugar that is usually found in a soda can with a sugar reduction of up to 25%.

The high purity Stevia extract is defined as containing 95% or more of glycoside of Steviol and is often presented as stevia, steviol glycosides, stevia extract, purified stevia leaf extract, high purity or rebian stevia.

More Articles

FeaturedArticles

  • mindfullness1

    Lifestyle & Travel

    Sep 17, 2018

    MINDFULLNESS

    "Living here and now" this is the mindfulness rule. Original from the Buddhist doctrine, the mindfulness is a technique that practices the full attention and the connection between the body and the mind, with yourself,...

  • Cb_z-_QUYAAQW51

    Luxury & Fashion

    Mar 1, 2017

    ROTHY'S - STYLE: RECYCLABLE

    Are you tired of those brand sneakers which look the same as all the other from your best friends?! Yes, the ones you wear when you reach the end of the day and you need some rest for your feet. So, this article is for you, discover...

  • MokshJewellery002.jpg__1536x0_q75_crop-scale_subsampling-2_upscale-false

    Luxury & Fashion

    Apr 1, 2017

    MOKSH AND KAMYEN - BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN

    Is there any other nation that would so much love adorning their women as peoples of India? From the top of the head, nostrils, forearms, waist, to the toe tips, in an Indian woman's arsenal there are pieces of sophisticated jewellery...


  • 226c441149909061a3a62986fcadd917

    Sport

    Apr 1, 2017

    NAGINATA - THE ART THAT BUILDS CHARACTER

    If there is an inheritance that the East is giving to Humanity, it is undeniably a diversity of disciplines that seek the evolution of the Human being and which lead to physical, mental and spiritual elevation. Martial arts such as...

  • 2-crowdfunding

    Food & Beverage

    Jun 1, 2017

    Beyond Bottles

    The Skipping Rocks Labs, from the United Kingdom, has taken upon itself the mission to eradicate the waste caused by plastic cups and bottles by creating Ooho!, the first of many products that, they assure, will revolutionize everyday...

  • slide-1

    Food & Beverage

    May 28, 2018

    THE ART OF CANDY

    Sunflower, peanut or sesame halva, with or without additives, almond, walnuts, and other nuts, the most delicate cream flavoring, the most delicious Turkish folder – in any of the sweets brand you will find a variety of tastes,...


  • New-Year

    Culture & Art

    Dec 1, 2017

    ENTER WITH THE RIGHT FOOT

    New Year's Eve is a time to renew vows, make plans and take resolutions. Surrounded by symbolism, the date is celebrated in different ways around the globe and there is no shortage of superstitions and rituals performed on New Year's...

  • 1

    Business & Industry

    Oct 1, 2015

    Sea of solutions

    Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also...

  • 02

    Food & Beverage

    Jan 1, 2017

    PIECES OF PLEASURE

    It is not possible to determine neither date nor origin of this Turkish cooking delicacy. There are, however, reports from the middle East and India which register the existence of gelatinous sweets, made out of honey and fruit essences,...