Stevia Q&A

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01 Are stevia extracts natural?
Yes, stevia extracts are natural. However, the definition and labelling requirements regarding “natural” may vary among countries.
02 How many calories do stevia extracts contribute?
Stevia extracts contribute effectively zero calories.
03 Are stevia extracts safe; are there any side effects;
    do they cause any allergies?
Yes, the safety of stevia extracts has been extensively reviewed and scientifically proven by numerous international organizations, such as
the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and
the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA),
Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) .
There are no known side effects or allergies from the use of stevia extracts in foods and beverages.
04 Are stevia extracts safe for consumption by diabetics?
    Do they affect blood sugar levels?
    What is their Glycemic Index (GI)?
Research has shown that stevia extracts do not affect blood glucose levels or interfere with insulin. With effectively zero calories, stevia extracts offer people with diabetes greater variety and flexibility in budgeting total calorie intake and assisting with weight management. Stevia extracts do not have an effect on GI, at the levels of use.
05 Can stevia extracts be used in any kind of food and beverage?
    Are there restrictions in usage?
    How do they interact with other sweeteners?
Stevia extracts can be used in a wide variety of food and beverage applications. Individual usages and use levels may vary depending on the country. They act synergistically when used in combination with other sweeteners.
06 Are stevia plants genetically modified?
No, stevia plants are not genetically modified. Development of new plant varieties takes place by selective breeding and not genetic modification.
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