STEVIA

On my quest to discover all zero-calorie stevia sweeteners on store shelves, I found

150+ products

  • Visit my What is Stevia? page to learn about the sweet components (called steviol glycosides) extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. This page is your stevia sweetener buying guide and I want you to know that stevia is not just a single ingredient. To help you understand, I sorted out over 150 products available to you in stores.

  • Stevia sweeteners come in a variety of forms: liquid, granulated, individual packets/sticks, and cubes/tablets. Only 25 products have pure stevia leaf extract. The vast majority of the sweeteners you buy are going to have a filler (read about it here). The most common filler is erythritol. Others include inulin, sugars, maltodextrin, rare sugars, and xylitol.

 

  • When you buy stevia sweeteners, you are often getting extracts directly isolated from the plant's leaf. After the extract is purified (and it goes through a great deal of refining) it may contain one steviol glycoside or several. The most common is rebaudioside A (reb A or rebiana)Pure reb A is 250 to 450 times sweeter than table sugar with a characteristic slightly bitter, licorice-like aftertaste.

  • Two sought-after extracts, called reb D and reb M, are promoted as being the 'better-tasting' and 'more sugar-like' stevia. Here are some brands that have them: Splenda Naturals, Whole EarthWholesome, Stevita Naturals. Each brand have a line of sweeteners with different fillers, from erythritol to maltodextrin, to xylitol.

  • Stevia can be seen on the ingredient list as stevia leaf extract, stevia extract, steviol glycoside, reb A, reb D, reb M, or steviosideThe best tasting sweeteners have blends of a variety of steviol glycosides. All stevia sweeteners have a distinct flavor and work best when combined with stronger ingredients such as coffee, chocolate, or citrus fruits.

 

  • Note that synthetic extracts (read about it here) may also be called stevia. They are not directly isolated from the leaf, meaning they are produced by one of the following processes: (1) bypass the leaf altogether, and use sugars to be converted into synthetic reb D and/or reb M, or (2) extracts from the leaf are enzymatically modified to produce reb D and/or reb M.

There is A LOT to see here, 160 products to be precise.

Scroll down to explore it all or, if you are short on time, make your choice below: 

Stevia | Pure Extract
Stevia leaf extracts are food ingredients with GRAS status. The leaf extracts go through a great deal of processing and purification until they become palatable and free of impurities. They provides zero calories and are 200 to 400 times sweeter than table sugar. Find here a variety of brands of pure stevia leaf extract.
Stevia | Liquid
Stevia leaf extracts are food ingredients with GRAS status. The leaf extracts go through a great deal of processing and purification until they become palatable and free of impurities. They provides zero calories and are 200 to 400 times sweeter than table sugar. Find here brands of liquid stevia. The most common carriers include glycerine, erythitol, alcohol, and cellulose. Some are sold as dietary supplements and allow health claims on labels.
Stevia | with Erythritol
Stevia leaf extracts are food ingredients with GRAS status. The leaf extracts go through a great deal of processing and purification until they become palatable and free of impurities. They provides zero calories and are 200 to 400 times sweeter than table sugar. Find here a variety of brands of stevia-erythritol blend.
Stevia | with Inulin
Stevia leaf extracts are food ingredients with GRAS status. The leaf extracts go through a great deal of processing and purification until they become palatable and free of impurities. They provides zero calories and are 200 to 400 times sweeter than table sugar. Find here a variety of brands of stevia-inulin blend.
Stevia | with Sugars
Stevia leaf extracts are food ingredients with GRAS status. The leaf extracts go through a great deal of processing and purification until they become palatable and free of impurities. They provides zero calories and are 200 to 400 times sweeter than table sugar. Find here brands of stevia-carbohydrates blends. Most common carbohydrates include maltodextrin, glucose, and cellulose.
Stevia | with Maltodextrin
Maltodextrin-based sweeteners that measure like sugar on a 1:1 ratio are included with 'blends with less sugar'. Maltodextrin is not a sugar, but is broken down into sugars (maltose & glucose) in our mouth, stomach, and small intestine, being absorbed as pure glucose.
Stevia | with Xylitol
Stevia | with Rare Sugars
Stevia | with Monk Fruit
Stevia is the term used to refer to steviol glycosides (highly refined extracts from the leaves of the stevia plant) 
Monk fruit is the term used to refer to mogrosides (extracts obtained from the luo han guo fruit)
Stevia | Cubes and Tablets
Stevia cubes and tablets contain stevia leaf extract plus other ingredients such as erythritol, glucose, or cellulose. Each cube or tablet is as sweet as one teaspoon of table sugar.
Stevia | Dried Leaf
The whole-leaf Stevia is dried, cut, and turn into a green powder. It has a very mild sweet taste and does not dissolve well. Extracts (highly refined with > or = 95% purity) from the leaf are approved by the FDA but the leaves itself are not due to inadequate toxicological information.
Stevia | with Benefits
Stevia | Brand Names
Stevia | FDA Approval
Stevia | Natural or Synthetic
Stevia | Before you buy
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FILLERS or CARRIERS

  • Stevia leaf extracts in pure form are super sweet. How much sweeter than table sugar? A good rule of thumb is one teaspoon of table sugar is generally equivalent to just 1/64 of a teaspoon of pure stevia.

 

  • Because pure leaf extract provides sweet taste with tiny volume and weight, sweeteners often require fillers or carriers so they can have an overall resemblance to table sugar. The basic idea is that something is needed to fill in that empty space. 

 

  • Fillers are carbohydrates. They add bulk but minimal carbohydrate and calories to each serving of the sweetener. Most stevia products have just a hint of leaf extract and over 90% of their weight comes from the filler... keep reading >>> 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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