Executive Chronicles | The Sustainability of Stevia Production | Stevia has been gaining popularity as a healthy and organic sugar substitute. With the current trends and popularity in living a healthy lifestyle, it’s no surprise that people are looking for ways to replace sugar in their diets. Some individuals, like diabetics, have no choice but to go sugar-free to control their blood glucose levels. Stevia provides an alternative that has no calories, no cholesterol, and no glycemic index, making it ideal for weight-watchers and diabetics.
Stevia is a naturally sourced flavoring ingredient that has been used for centuries. The stevia plant native to South America was used by indigenous people to sweeten beverages and chewed for their sweet taste. The plant leaves often called “sweet herb”, were also dried and used to sweeten teas and medicines.
What most people don’t know is that stevia brings about benefits that go just beyond its nutritional facts. According to a study found in Nutrition Today Journal, stevia production requires lower inputs of land, water, and energy to produce the same amount of sweetness found in other natural sweeteners.
Similar to other plant-based ingredients such as sugar cane sugar or vanilla, purifying stevia into high-purity leaf extract is done through a series of steps beginning with harvesting the raw plant material. The leaves are dried and steeped in hot water, and the liquid extract is filtered and purified with water or in some cases in combination with food-grade alcohol.
The extract may also go through activated carbon and ion exchange treatments to remove organic residues and remove minerals. Adsorption/desorption resin is also used to concentrate the glycosides that give stevia its sweet taste.
The final step involves spray drying, a method of producing a dry powder from a liquid or slurry by rapidly drying with a hot gas. This process then produces stevia extract, which can be used in products and other food applications.
As stated earlier, stevia requires lower inputs of land, water, and energy to produce the same amount of sweetness found in other natural sweeteners. One of the largest stevia producers was benchmarked and compared to beet and cane sugar producers, and the results showed a significant difference in carbon and water footprints. Using sweetness equivalence for comparison, the study found an 82% reduction in carbon footprint for stevia compared with beet sugar and a 64% reduction compared with cane sugar. In terms of water footprint, stevia production was 92% lower than beet sugar and 95% lower than cane sugar.
In layman’s terms, stevia production has a significantly reduced impact on the environment compared to the production of sugar. It must also be noted that due to the natural nature of stevia, production is creating jobs and opportunities for farmers to grow profitable crops that support public health goals.
Sweet and Fit Stevia
Sweet and Fit Stevia is the Philippines’ first stevia and is produced locally in a farm in Bulacan. Apart from providing jobs to the local community, Sweet and Fit Stevia has been developed for years to be the best possible product it can be, and the quality is maintained through stringent screening and analysis during production.
Not only are you getting the best-tasting product, but you are also getting Stevia which has not lost any of its characteristics. Sweet and Fit Stevia gives you the health benefits of Stevia while taking away the risks associated with sugar. Sweet and Fit Stevia is healthy sweet, and there is no bitter taste or downside to worry about.
Where Can I Buy Sweet And Fit Stevia In The Philippines?
Sweet and Fit Stevia is manufactured by Glorious Industrial and Development Corporation. Sweet and Fit Stevia products can be purchased at your local Mercury Drug Store, Generika, South Star Drug, and other leading drugstores. It can also be bought at Robinsons Supermarket, Waltermart, Ever Gotesco, Landmark, and other supermarkets nationwide.
For those looking to shop online, Sweet and Fit Stevia is also available on the official GIDC website and on popular online marketplaces.
Glorious Industrial and Development Corporation
72 Nuestra Señora St. 6th Ave.
1400 Metro Manila