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  The flavor 'sweet' is an inherent human weakness. For centuries, all that was available to our ancestors as sweets were sweet fruit and honey. Then came sugar beet, sugar cane and synthetic sweeteners.

  For many years, the over consumption of sugar and lack of exercise have caused many well known illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes. There is a very controversial debate about the possible risks of synthetic sweeteners such as aaspartame and saccharin, which are being added to ready meals and soft drinks.

  Therefore it is understandable that consumers are looking for a sweetener that tastes acceptable while having no negative side effects to their health. Hence the interest in an alternative solution which has been used for hundreds of years to sweeten food and drink in South America and for decades in Asia: stevia and its leaf extract.

  The dried leaves of stevia are about 40 times sweeter than sugar. The high sweetening power of steviol glycoside is remarkable. It is about 300 times that of sugar, at optimal dosage. Therefore one must check the taste when preparing food in the kitchen. The industry using steviol glycoside in ready meals measures the required amounts extremely carefully according to the optimal dosage.

  The flavor characteristics of steviol glycoside are dependent on the purity and concentration of Rebaudioside A.

  Unlike sugar, steviol glycoside cannot preserve foods (e.g. jam). Browning during baking and caramelising does not happen. Of course steviol glycosides can not be metabolised through yeast.

  Some bakery products such as sponge cannot be made since it lacks the mass of the sugar. In such cases, additives like pre-biotic ballast help.

       The amount of steviol glycosides substitute for sugar varies with products,which can be determined through repeated trial in order to guarantee the ratio, taste and flavor of products.

Products to be Sweetened

Ratio of sugar Substitution

Dosage
(Steviol glycosides /Materials)

Benefits

Beverage

Carbonated drinks

20-100%

0.06-0.75g/kg

Lower calorie; Prevent cavities; Make clear and cool taste

Fruit juices

30-50%

0.078-0.278g/kg

Enhance flavor; Form no sediment or floc; Make clear color; Extend shelf life; Lower calorie.

Milk drinks

20-50%

0.006-0.70g/kg

Produce good taste sweetness; Lower calorie

Solid drinks

20-100%

1.7-20.0g/kg

Make cool taste; Prevent cavities; Easy to calculate

Iced drinks

Ice-cream
Ice-dessert

60-100%

0.4-1g/kg

Lower calorie; Enhance flavor; Make fresh taste; Improve sweetness in low temperature

Confectionary & candy

Chewing gum

50-100%

0.4-1g/kg

Prevent cavities; Make cool and long-lasting sweet taste

Common Candy

50-100%

As per requirement

Make good taste; Enhance flavor

No sugar candy

100%

As per requirement

Prevent cavities; Make good taste; Enhance flavor

Bread & cake

80-100%

0.2-1g/kg

Make loose and moist feeling; Make good taste; Prevent cavities; Extend shelf life

Jams & Marmalades

80-100%

2-12g/kg

Extend shelf life; Enhance flavor; Lower cost

Canned food

20-50%

As per requirement

Produce clear, cool and pure taste; Reduce sweet tiredness; Extend shelf life

Flavoring & pickles

20-30%

0.1-0.6g/kg

Make fattening-bag rate zero; Make no brown stain, no coloration or no fermentation; Shorten pickling time; Improve sweetness and keep no shrinkage; Extend flavor-lasting period

Fried food

50-100%

1-3g/kg

Make no coloration; Enhance flavor improve sweetness; Easy to handle;

Aquatic products

30-50%

As per requirement

Make no brown stain, scorch or loose phenomenon owing to sugar

Alcoholic drink

Liquor

10-100%

0.01-0.05g/kg

Enhance flavor; Clear out spicy taste; Increase mellow quality

Wine

10-100%

0.01-0.15g/kg

Increase transparency; Enhance flavor; Reduce viscosity; Make a fresh taste

Champagne

Fruit wine

Beer

10-40%

As per requirement

Enhance flavor; Enrich and whiten foam

Dental hygiene

Tooth paste
Mouthwash
Chewing gum

1-5g/kg or as per requirement

Prevent cavities; Make a cool taste; Reduce the reproduction of dental bacteria; Cover up the bad flavor of other composition

Tobacco

As per requirement

Keep proper moisture; Enhance sweetness and aroma

Pharmaceuticals

As per requirement

Improve taste, Improve the health care function