Stevia for Beverages
Formulate for sweet success with Stevia leaf extracts
The pressure to reduce sugars in beverages continues to escalate, as brands face a growing litany of health concerns and expanding government regulations. Given the pressure, it seems the European beverage marketplace may be due for an overhaul. Enter stevia: a herb native to Latin America, the stevia plant contains steviol glycosides that are 150 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Stevia-based sweeteners have quickly become the favorite high-intensity sweetener as they have proven to be a useful, heat-stable, zero-calorie ingredient safe for use by diabetics and tooth-friendly. However, higher usage levels proved challenging – until Cargill harnessed the unique interactions between the steviol glycosides, opening the door to new innovation.