Stevia – natural sweetness

In November 2011 the European Union approved the use of stevia for different types of food. This means that food products sweetened with steviol glycosides may be officially placed on the market. Steviol glycosides (E960), colloquially called stevia, are natural, sweet tasting compounds from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant which is a native plant of South America (Paraguay and Brazil).

Currently, stevia is cultivated and used in many parts of South and Central America, Israel, Thailand and China. Since 1986, many tons of this product have been imported into Europe and consumed there.

Nevertheless, since 1997 this sweetener has been classified as Novel Food and was removed from the market in 2001 due to a lack of scientific information regarding its safe use as food.

The purity of stevia varies between 85 and 100 per cent. Our product developers have been involved with the replacement of artificial sweeteners as well as with the use of stevia containing novelty products for the Health Food sector.

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