Stevia

Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is a native plant from the Amambay Mountain chain (Paraguay) and has been used as sweetener over centuries by the Guarani people (who call it ka'a he'ê, sweet herb). Its leaves are around 10-30 times sweeter than sugar. Its sweet taste is due to Steviol glycosides, mainly Stevioside and Rebaudioside A. Furthermore it contains flavonoids, phenolic acids, etc.

ANAGALIDE, SA has kept opened a R+D+i program about extraction processes, purification and applications of glycosides and active components from Stevia since several years ago.
In 2004, a part of this program changed into a IBEROEKA Project IBK-04-377 (STEVIOSIDE).
Around the middle of the 2006, ANAGALIDE, SA took part in the foundation of the European Stevia Association (EUSTAS).

Stevia's possible applications

Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications
Natural antioxidant
In diabetic patients (no insulin dependant), helps in the control of glucose levels in blood
In obesity treatment, decreases anxiety for food and the wish of sugar or fat intake
Mild diuretic (it helps to reduce the uric acid levels)
Beneficial for patients of hypertension
Fights fatigue and depression
Improves gastrointestinal functions
Improves resistance to flu and colds
Treatment for burns, wounds, eczema, seborrhoea, psoriasis, dermatitis, ...
Improves cognitive functions (DSM patent)

Food applications
Sweetener for food, coffee, teas, gums, candy, etc.
Replacement of sugar in light drinks, sauces and pastry making
» See Stevia recipes

Feed applications
Feed flavouring (for farm animals and pets)
It increases the production in cattle, pigs and poultry, stimulating their appetite
Accelerates recovery after infectious processes
Improves meat taste and its quality (less exudation and better conservation)
Decreases the number of broken eggs in layers and improves the chicken meat quality
Prevents gizzard erosion and ulceration and growth depression of chicks induced by stress and dietary histamine
Reduces mortality in fish farms, producing healthier fish which is fresh for longer time

Cosmetics applications
Complement in cellulitis treatment
Mouth hygiene formulations (tooth pastes, mouthwashes, etc.)
It helps to clean spots, smoothes wrinkles and embellishes the skin
» See Stevia cosmetic applications

Agricultural applications
Promotes plant growth and productions
Prevents fruit fall before harvest time
Improves the taste and enlarges conservation of fruits and vegetables
It makes plants more resistant
Improves soil quality

Environmental applications
It accelerates manure production (compost) from farming waste
Decreases concentration of nitrates, dioxines, fertilisers and pesticides in soil

Stevia legal status

JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
In 68th meeting (2007) the monograph (Steviol Glycosides) was stated with a 95 % minimum of total Steviol Glycosides.
In 69th meeting (2008) Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) expressed as Steviol was approved in 0-4 mg/kg body weight.
EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
Steviol glycosides were authorized as food additives on November 11, 2011 (Regulation EU 1131/2011).
14 April, 2010, EFSA issued a positive opinion on the safety of Steviol glycosides used as food additives (purity >95%). Stevia's leaves are not included. They have to be considered as "novel food" and they are pending for authorization.
In 2007 the European Stevia Association (EUSTAS) applied for the authorization of Stevia rebaudiana as novel food and Steviol glycosides min. 95 % as intensive sweeteners to the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) too.
USA
As dietetic supplement until 2008.
In the middle of 2008, several companies decided to use the GRAS (Generally recognized as safe) self-affirmation route first for Rebaudioside A min. 97 % and later for Glycosides minimum 95 %.
CANADA
Dietetic supplement.
MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay), BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, PERU
Food additive.
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND
Steviol glycosides are authorized as intensive sweeteners (August 2008).
Other countries
Stevia extracts are authorized as sweeteners in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Israel, ...

Available products:
FOR THE CONSUMER

» REBBIA® (Más información)
Table-top sweetener extracted from Stevia, with Tagatose. Granulated. Sweetener equivalence to sucrose ~ 2
» See leaflet » Buy Rebbia®

FOR INDUSTRY

Raw materials

» GLYCOSTEVIA®-R97 (Specificacions )
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni's powdered purified extract, with 97 % Rebaudioside A.
Sweetener equivalence to sucrose ~ 350
» GLYCOSTEVIA®-95 (Specificacions )
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni's powdered purified extract, with 95 % glycosides, of which Rebaudioside A is minimum 80 %.
Sweetener equivalence to sucrose ~ 325
» GLYCOSTEVIA-R20 (Specifications )
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni's powdered purified extract for animal feeding.
Sweetener equivalence to sucrose ~ 250
» GLYCOSTEVIA-EP (Specifications )
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni leaf powdered extract.
Sweetener equivalence to sucrose ~ 60

Formulated products

» GLYCOSTEVIA®-C100 (Specifications )
Glycostevia®, resistant Dextrin, Arabic Gum and Natural flavours mixture, obtained from a homogeneous solution of all its components. It is a product formulated to improve the Stevia palatability and easier formulations.
Sweetener equivalence to sucrose ~ 100
» GLYCOSTEVIA®-C25 (Specifications )
Glycostevia®, resistant Dextrin, Arabic Gum and Natural flavours mixture, obtained from a homogeneous solution of all its components. It is a product formulated to improve the Stevia palatability and easier formulations.
Sweetener equivalence to sucrose ~ 25

» Other Stevia products can be available upon request

The information and recommendations contained in this documentation are based on tests and data believed to be reliable. However, the user is responsible for determining the appropriateness of the application of the product to his own use and of fulfilling the applicable law.
Anyway, in no case these products are proposed to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness.