What is Stevia Extract 90%?
Stevia extract comes from the Stevia rebaudiana plant, also known as candyleaf, sweetleaf, and sugarleaf.
Stevia rebaudiana plants are native to Paraguay and Brazil, but individuals can cultivate the plants in
any semi-humid location with well-draining soil. Stevia is a natural sweetener and zero-calorie sugar substitute.
It owes its sweetness to its bioactive compounds, steviol glycosides.
What is Steviol Glycoside?
The two most common steviol glycosides are rebaudioside A and stevioside. They are the primary ingredients in
stevia sweeteners. Unlike regular sugar, steviol glycosides don’t trigger a glycemic response. Rebaudioside A is
around 240 times sweeter than sugar in taste, while stevioside is about 140 times sweeter. The body can’t digest
or absorb steviol glycosides, hence the lack of calories and glycemic response.
Potential Stevia Extract Benefits
Stevia Sweetener and Blood Sugar
Stevia extract is a popular sugar substitute for sweetening foods and beverages without all the calories of sugar.
Stevia doesn’t affect blood glucose levels, making it a popular option for individuals monitoring their blood
Stevia Extract and Weight Loss
Stevia may help individuals manage their weight by eliminating excess calories from sugar, thus supporting the
necessary calorie deficit to lose weight. Individuals consuming foods made with stevia also feel exactly as full
as those consuming the same foods made with standard sugar despite the reduction in calories. As a result,
stevia’s unique effects on satiety may further support weight loss efforts.
Stevia Extract as an Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory
Stevia extract helps scavenge free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Unchecked, free radicals can cause
oxidative damage that worsens numerous disease states and causes cells to age prematurely. Research shows that
stevia extract surpasses the efficacy of other antioxidants, such as quercetin. Stevia also activates the body’s
antioxidant defenses and helps the body detox by preserving Nrf2 expression. The Nrf2 response is critical for
combating oxidative stressors that cause chronic inflammation. Stevia inhibits pro-inflammatory gene expression as
What is The Best Sugar Substitute?
Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia does not contain artificial ingredients. However, several other
zero-calorie and low-calorie sugar substitutes are available on the market. Each has a unique sweetness profile,
and which is best largely comes down to personal preference. PureBulk carries numerous zero- and low-calorie
How to Use Stevia Extract
Stevia extract far surpasses sugar in sweetness and requires much less to sweeten foods. A standard 40mg serving
size of Stevia Extract 90% correlates to about one teaspoon of table sugar. It provides 22mg of steviosides and
11mg of rebaudiosides. The table below provides additional conversions for your convenience.
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