Consumers worldwide are tempering their love for sugary foods in response to health recommendations to limit calories from added sugars. At the same time, there’s growing interest in recognisable ingredients that are closer to nature.
A natural fit for stevia: Stevia is a plant (specifically, a member of the chrysanthemum family) native to portions of north-eastern Paraguay. The stevia plant contains sweet components called steviol glycosides that are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is a zero calorie natural sweetener.
Stevia-based sweeteners have quickly become the favourite high-intensity sweetener as they have proven to be a useful, heat-stable, zero-calorie ingredient for a wide range of applications.
However, higher usage levels are challenging . Australian Stevia, in partnership with Central Queensland University, are harnessing the unique interactions between the steviol glycosides, opening the door to new innovation.