Stevia Leaf Powder (Zero Calorie, Natural Sweetener, ACO) 750g

0.75 kg
$18.99

Stevia Leaf Powder (Zero Calorie, Natural Sweetener, ACO) 750g

Organic green leaf stevia powder is a 100% natural, zero-calorie sweetener that can be used to substitute sugar. Green leaf stevia is minimally processed, with the leaves simply dried and ground, leaving it unrefined and chemical-free.

Stevia is commonly used as an alternative to sugar in baked goods, smoothies, yogurt, tea, coffee and other beverages. As it is incredibly potent and 10 to 15 times sweeter than sugar, 1 teaspoon of stevia leaf can have the same sweetening effect as 1 cup of sugar. Since the crushed green leaf can vary in strength, some experimentation may be necessary.

No GMO. Unrefined & unbleached. No added preservatives, colours or flavours.

How to Use

Stevia is commonly used as an alternative to sugar in baked goods, smoothies, yogurt, tea, coffee and other beverages
 
Stevia is incredibly potent and 10 to 15 times sweeter than sugar. 1 teaspoon of stevia leaf can have the same sweetening effect as 1 cup of sugar. Since the crushed green leaf can vary in strength, some experimentation may be necessary.

Try these basic conversions the next time you replace sugar with this natural sweetener:

  • 1 teaspoon sugar = 1/2 packet or 1/8 teaspoon stevia powder = 5 stevia drops
  • 1 tablespoon sugar = 1.5 packets or 1/3 teaspoon stevia powder = 15 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 cup of sugar = 24 packets or 2 tablespoons stevia powder = 2 teaspoons liquid stevia

The only substitution that won’t work is caramelization in desserts, as it doesn’t brown like conventional sugar.

Growing & Processing

Green leaf stevia is minimally processed, with the leaves being simply dried and ground.

Nutritional Information Av. Per 100g
Energy (kj) 0 Protein (g) 0 Fat Total (g) 0 Fat Saturated (g) 0 Carbohydrate (g) 100 Sugars (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0 Fibre (g) 0
Serving Size (g) 4

5 Health Benefits of Stevia Leaf Powder

1. Anticancer Abilities

In 2012, Nutrition and Cancer highlighted a groundbreaking laboratory study that, for the first time ever, showed that stevia extract could help kill off breast cancer cells. It was observed that stevioside enhances cancer apoptosis (cell death) and decreases certain stress pathways in the body that contribute to cancer growth.

Another in vitro study out of China also found that steviol, which is a component found naturally in the leaves of the plant, was effective at blocking the growth and spread of gastrointestinal cancer cells, suggesting that it could possess powerful cancer-fighting properties.

2. Sweet News for Diabetics

Using stevia instead of white sugar can be extremely beneficial to those with diabetes who need to limit conventional sugar as part of a diabetic diet plan.

A 2015 article published in Journal of Dietary Supplements evaluated how stevia may impact rats with diabetes. In the study, administering the sweetener to rats was found to significantly reduce blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity, both of which can help promote blood sugar control in those with diabetes.

Another study in humans found that consuming stevia before a meal reduced blood sugar and insulin levels after eating. Additionally, although participants consumed fewer calories than they did with the sugar preload, they reported similar levels of satiety and didn’t compensate by consuming more calories later in the day.

3. Supports Weight Loss

Added sugar consumption contributes more than 13 percent of the total calories each day in the average American diet. High sugar intake has been linked to weight gain and adverse effects on blood sugar, two things that can have serious negative impacts on health.

Stevia is a plant-based, zero-calorie sweetener. Swapping out harmful table sugar and replacing it with a high-quality stevia leaf extract can help you slash added sugar consumption and cut back on calories too.

For this reason, stevia is one of the most popular keto sweeteners and is also often used in other low-carb diets like Paleo. Keeping your sugar and calorie intake in a healthy range can help protect against weight gain and health problems linked with obesity, like diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

4. Improves Cholesterol Levels

Some studies have found that stevia leaf extract could improve cholesterol levels to help keep your heart healthy and strong.

For example, a 2018 animal model found that administering stevia leaf extract to rats for eight weeks helped reduce levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad LDL cholesterol while also enhancing levels of good HDL cholesterol as well.

Similarly, a 2009 study showed that stevia extract had “positive and encouraging effects” on overall cholesterol profiles and effectively improved HDL cholesterol, decreased triglycerides and lowered levels of LDL cholesterol.

5. Lowers High Blood Pressure

Certain glycosides in stevia extract have been found to dilate blood vessels and increase sodium excretion, both of which can help support healthy blood pressure levels.

One study in Clinical Therapeutics showed that consuming capsules with 500 milligrams of stevioside three times daily for two years led to significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels.

Keep in mind, however, that research on the potential effects of on blood pressure levels has turned up mixed results, and some short-term studies have found no impact. Therefore, more studies are needed to understand how it may impact blood pressure in the long-run.

Types

When it comes to the options available today, it’s important to know that not all stevia sweeteners are created equal. In fact, there has been concern in recent years about counterfeit stevia, or products laced with unwanted ingredients, which is one likely reason the FDA has been slow to approve all stevia as GRAS.

Green leaf stevia is the least processed of the types. The leaves are dried and ground into powder form, producing a final product that is only about 10-15 times sweeter than sugar. This unprocessed version more than likely contains a combination of steviosides and rebaudiosides.

Purified stevia extracts are also available. In the U.S., this type of sweetener is comprised of rebaudioside A in either a pure extract or our third type (altered blends). Per FDA standards set forth in 2008, these extracts must contain over 95% or more pure rebaudioside A glycosides and may not contain other forms of rebaudiosides or steviosides in order to be legally marketed as food.

While purified stevia extracts are more processed than green leaf varieties, their health benefits seem to be on par with its unprocessed counterpart.

Finally, the least healthy option is altered stevia blends. By the time a product like this is placed on a shelf, very little of the stevia plant still remains, and many purified stevia extracts and altered blends are reported to be 200-400 times sweeter than sugar.

Some companies use processes to create these blends that include chemical solvents, including acetonitrile, which is toxic to the central nervous system, and a corn-based derivative called erythritol. The small amount remaining contains rebaudioside A only in the U.S.

Organic vs. Non-Organic

Organic Stevia

  • Made from organically grown stevia
  • Non-GMO
  • No glycemic impact
  • Naturally gluten-free

Unfortunately, even some organic versions contain fillers. Some aren’t truly pure stevia, so you should always read labels if you’re looking for a 100 percent stevia product.

Non-Organic Stevia

  • Does not have to be made from organically grown stevia, meaning it may be produced with pesticides or other chemicals
  • Non-GMO (there are currently no genetically modified cultivars of stevia in the world)
  • No glycemic impact
  • Naturally gluten-free

With non-organic brands, it’s very important to look for additional ingredients, like erythritol or inulin. Although stevia itself is always non-GMO, many non-organic products are combined with erythritol or other non-nutritive sweeteners, many of which are made from GMO ingredients like corn.

 

Organic Stevia.

Produce of India. 

    Risks and Side Effects

    In some people, stevia may cause mild side effects such as bloating, nausea, dizziness, numbness and muscle pain.

    Certain stevia products may also contain dextrin or maltodextrin, which can increase blood sugar levels and minimize any potential health benefits, so ensure it's in its natural state.

    Blends that contain sugar alcohols may also cause digestive issues in those who are sensitive. Common symptoms can include bloating, gas and diarrhea.

    Additionally, stevia could potentially cause allergic reactions in people with an allergy to ragweed, as they belong to the same family of plants. However, this has never been reported nor studied in structured research.

    Packaging

    We pack a wide range of products on shared equipment that includes grains, cereals, seeds, nuts, dried fruits and powders. Traces of gluten, tree nuts, sesame seeds may be present in this product.

    Once dried, whole stevia leaves can be stored for 12 months in air-tight containers or plastic bags. To extend their shelf life, be careful of humidity. Once the leaves are dry you can crumble them into a fine powder.

    Sydney Delivery Zone

    If you're in the Eastern Suburbs, Sydney Delivery Zone - All products can be ordered and will be shipped via our BioHax Delivery service. Delivery 7 days from 8am-8pm.

    Out of Sydney Delivery Zone, NSW & Australia

    If you're out of the Sydney Delivery Zone - only non-perishables can be ordered and are shipped via Sendle for (Metro) and Australia Post (Regional)

    Out of Sydney Delivery Zone - 3-5 Days

    NSW & Australia - 3-7 Days

    International Orders

    Only non-perishables can be ordered and are shipped via (Australia Post)

    International Delivery Times - 5-10 Days

    Product Categories Explained:

    Non-Perishables = essential oils, beauty and cooking oils, raw minerals and supplements

    Dry goods = herbs, spices, coffee

    Perishables = vegetables, herbs, fruit, eggs, F&G boxes, stock broth and liquid broth

    Can I request to sign for my order?

    Please advise if you would like to physically sign for your package and we will ensure the driver does not leave your order until it has been signed. This information is acquired during the checkout process, before payment, under “delivery instructions”.  We also ship to PO boxes by only if shipping is via Australia Post. If you would like to sign for your order and it’s being shipped via Australia Post, there is an additional $2 service fee.

    Note: if you request for your order to be signed on delivery and no one is home to sign when the courier arrives, we are unable to take responsibility for any items that have spoiled as a result of being returned to our third-party transport company.

    If it is perishable items (fresh produce & broth), we prefer not to leave it outside for more than an hour and recommend having someone home; friend, neighbour or family member to sign for it.