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Benefits of Stevia

Curious about Stevia Sweeteners? Useful Tips for Understanding the Many Benefits of Stevia

And, big news... the SPLENDA® Brand family of sweetener products has introduced SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener* to the marketplace!

Despite concerns over the growing weight gain epidemic, most people still enjoy the sweet taste of treats but are not ready to give them up. Most people would also agree that if it weren’t for the calories we would definitely enjoy our favorite treats more.

That being said, many consumers enjoy lighter versions of their favorite sweet things by choosing products made with low-calorie sweeteners, to obtain a delicious sweet taste without adding a significant number of calories from sugar.

In recent years, stevia sweeteners have gained widespread popularity as a sugar alternative.

According to the Global Stevia Institute, stevia extract comes from a plant that is native to South America, and stevia leaves have been used as a natural sweetener around the world for centuries.

Introducing SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener
Known for products with great sweet taste, SPLENDA® Brand has now expanded their sweetener offerings - introducing SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener  with no calories, no added flavors, no artificial ingredients, and no bitter aftertaste. By using a better-tasting extract from the stevia leaf, Rebaudioside D (Reb D), SPLENDA® Brand has found the perfect blend to capture the naturally sweet taste of stevia. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is made with two ingredients, non-GMO stevia leaf extract and non-GMO erythritol.

About Stevia Leaf Extract
Stevia leaf extract is a component of the leaves of the stevia plant. To obtain the extract, stevia plant leaves are harvested, dried, and then steeped in water. The resulting liquid is processed to allow the intense sweetening components – which can be over 200 times sweetener than an equal amount of table sugar – to be isolated, purified and dried.

About Erythritol
Due to the intense sweetness of stevia extract, only a small amount is needed so erythritol is used to provide needed volume and texture and make it easier to sweeten with stevia. The erythritol used in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is Non-GMO Project Verified and is produced by a fermentation process using non-GMO corn.

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Here are some tips to help you better understand the benefits of incorporating stevia into your everyday foods and beverages.

Stevia extract is safe. As a sweetening ingredient, stevia has been deemed safe by health and regulatory authorities worldwide.
Stevia sweeteners are suitable for people with diabetes. Because they are low in calories, they can be a great sweetening option for those seeking a natural low calorie sweetener for diabetes management.
Stevia is a “high intensity” sweetener. Stevia’s sweet compounds are up to 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar) yet stevia has no calories.
SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener can be used in recipes. For some delicious recipes to try, visit

As a dietitian and mother, I believe it is crucial to offer people a wide selection of low and no calorie foods and beverages, which can ultimately play a significant role in the management of diabetes and weight. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener provides delicious sweetness with zero calories, which makes it useful for those who are managing their calorie intake.

#GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge  #GoodbyeSugar30
SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is challenging you to reduce your sugar intake for 30 days. Throughout the challenge, you’ll learn how to spot the added sugar in your life, and how to avoid it. SPLENDA® Naturals will provide you with delicious recipes and tips to help you along the way, as well as chances to win some sweet prizes and even a spa getaway. Remember to use the hashtag #GoodbyeSugar30 during the challenge to let everyone know how you’re doing! More details here:

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I have been compensated for my time by Heartland Food Products Group, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog with Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.

Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, CPT is founder of Hispanic Food Communications, Inc., a nutrition and food communications consulting company. A Hispanic native who is a leading expert in cross-cultural Hispanic cuisine as it relates to nutrition and health, Sylvia uses her in-depth culinary and cultural expertise to introduce new strategies for wellness to an increasingly health-conscious Hispanic population. For more than a decade, Sylvia has been a consultant for major food, beverage and pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations.


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