Guide to Comparing Prices
It can be very difficult to determine value when Stevia comes in so many different forms and quantities.
This short guide is provided to help you make sure you get the best value when you buy your Stevia.
Things to Consider When Buying Stevia
1. Is the Stevia mixed with something else?
Many companies use fillers and additives to reduce the bitter aftertaste and increase profits. While liquid Stevia and Stevia tablets are convenient, be sure to find out what has been added and to what extent the Stevia has been diluted. In comparison, our Stevia is pure and undiluted containing no fillers, additives, water, alcohol or any other chemicals.
2. How much do you need to use, spoonfuls, packets, grams?
The sensitivity of the sweetness receptors on our tongues can differ widely. For example, I use a heaped teaspoon of our Stevia in my hot chocolate; a level teaspoon in my coffee; and less than half a level teaspoon in my tea. Some of our friends use only the tip of a teaspoon in their hot drinks. For them that is about equal to one teaspoon of sugar; for me that much would never been sweet enough...smile. Some people will use more Stevia, others less. Keep in mind that use of fillers and additives can also decrease sweetness, so you have to use more. Our Stevia is 100% pure, so in comparison with some other brands of Stevia you use a lot less.
3. What is the percentage of the Rebauside A content?
Some companies use a very low Rebaudioside A content which in turn means you need to use more of their product. In comparison, our Stevia contains 80% Rebaudioside A making it 200 times sweeter than sugar, which again means using far less, saving you money.
Concerning Rebaudioside A Content
Sometimes people ask us what percentage of Rebaudioside A our Stevia contains. It is only in recent years that the percentage of Rebaudioside A has become an issue. We believe the primary reason for this is the fact that some companies started using Rebaudioside A as a marketing ploy. In reality, above a certain percentage, it becomes a non-issue. Rebaudioside A is not the only element in Stevia that determines sweetness. Actually, Stevia is a combination of Stevioside, Rebaudioside, and Glycoside.
The only way to get a great tasting Stevia is to have all the Stevioside compounds present. The level of sweetness is not determined by the percentage of Rebaudioside A, but by the level of bitterness left in the Stevia extract. Companies are constantly experimenting with methods for extracting Stevia that will remove more of the bitter aftertaste: all white powder forms of Stevia are extracts by the way.
Stevia in a green powder form is the only natural form, because it is simply ground up Stevia. However, its level of sweetness is extremely low and therefore not suitable as a replacement for sugar. Great tasting Stevia is based on the grade of the Stevia plant used, either an A or B grade plant, and how well the stems, roots, and leaf vein have been separated from the initial product. The real issue then is purity, not the percentage of Rebaudioside A. Our Stevia is produced from an A grade plant, and is as pure as any Stevia powder can be. The fact that it takes so little of our product to obtain the level of sweetness required by our customers is a good indicator of its quality.
Yes, our Stevia contains over 80% Rebaudioside A, but as I have stated, I think that is not important, because it does not affect the level of sweetness, and can be misleading as a guide to buying quality Stevia. A high Rebaudioside A percentage does not automatically equal high quality. However, we state the percentage of Rebaudioside A in our Stevia because many of the customers who contact us want to know the answer to that question.
A pure Stevia extract, one which has a zero bitter aftertaste, is the Holy Grail of our industry. As far as we are aware no one has achieved that yet. While there are companies who claim that their Stevia has no bitter aftertaste, for the time being we remain skeptical. While the level of the bitter aftertaste with pure Stevia varies widely, no producer has been able to eliminate it entirely, only reduce it. Mixing Stevia with additives helps, but then it is no longer pure Stevia. Then there is the issue mentioned previously, that the sensitivity of people's sweetness receptors varies considerably. What may seem very bitter to one person is not to another. Keep in mind too, that our brains become used to the specific taste of sugar, and therefore there will be a short period of adjustment for most people before Stevia tastes exactly the same as sugar.
Because our Stevia is made from a Grade A plant, and is extracted using the most current process, it has very little bitter aftertaste, and none when we add it to our food and drink. We are therefore confident that anyone using our Stevia in place of sugar in hot drinks, cooking, on cereal, to make their own soft drinks etc., will find them sweet and delicious.