- What is PureSweet®?
- What is Stevia extract?
- Are there other products similar to PureSweet® on the market?
- Where is Stevia from?
- How sweet is PureSweet®?
- Is PureSweet bad for my teeth?
- Should I consider using PureSweet®?
- How can PureSweet® be used?
- Can PureSweet® be used in cooking and baking?
- How is PureSweet® produced?
- Is PureSweet® safe?
- Is PureSweet® safe for children?
- Is PureSweet® safe for diabetics?
- Is there a problem with using PureSweet® in Australia?
- How can I get PureSweet®?
What other PureSweet® products do you have?
1. What is PureSweet®?
PureSweet® is a 100% natural high intensity flavour extract which derives from the Stevia herbal plant. We develop PureSweet® by putting the extract through a proprietary process at our lab in Melbourne.
2. What is Stevia extract?
Stevia is a naturally sweet herbal plant. Stevia extract is a 100% natural herbal extract from the leaf of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, a perennial shrub of the Aster family (Asteraceae). (Compositae family - related to lettuce, marigold, sunflower and chicory??) (Chrysanthemum family, closely related to chamomile).
3. Are there other products similar to PureSweet® on the market?
While Stevia in its raw extract form is available to both manufacturers and through selected health food outlets, PureSweet® is the only product that has been specifically developed for use in food, beverage and pharmaceutical products, thereby eliminating the usual bitter aftertaste associated with Stevia.
4. Where is Stevia from?
The Stevia rebaudiana plant originated in South America, where the Guarani Indians for over 1500 years have used the leaves as a sweetener and in their medicinal potions. It is currently cultivated in commercial quantities in over 20 countries, but mainly in South America and China. It is used extensively throughout the world, particularly Japan, where all artificial sweeteners were banned during the 1960's.
5. How sweet is PureSweet®?
After putting PureSweet® through our proprietary process its relative sweetness is about 150 times sweeter than sugar. You may therefore need to experiment with it to determine the correct amount to use for each new application, adapting quantity to suit your own taste.
6. Is PureSweet bad for my teeth?
No. Even though PureSweet® is a lot sweeter than sugar, it may actually help to prevent cavities. Tests have shown that it is compatible with fluoride and inhibits the development of plaque. In the Orient and Latin America, Stevia based products are used in toothpaste.
7. Should I consider using PureSweet?
Yes. PureSweet® is a healthier alternative. In its pure form it has no calories, no carbohydrates, no fat content and no effect on blood sugar levels. However, if you have a special medical condition, it will still be advisable to consult your doctor prior to including PureSweet® in your diet.
8. How can PureSweet® be used?
For over 30 years, Stevia has been used in Japan, Korea, China and Latin America as a tabletop sweetener, as well as a natural sugar substitute in a wide variety of food and beverage products. PureSweet®, because of the proprietary process we put it through, is more compatible with all types of food, beverage and pharmaceutical products, and is the ideal non calorie table-top sweetener.
9. Can PureSweet® be used in cooking and baking?
Yes, Industrial research in Japan has shown that Stevia extracts are extremely heat stable in a variety of everyday cooking and baking situations. It can be used in boiling, baking and frying where temperatures may reach over 200°C, unlike most synthetic or artificial sweeteners which start to disintegrate at 30-40°C. However, it does not caramelise or brown as sugar does.
10. How is PureSweet® produced?
PureSweet® is made from the naturally sweet compounds in Stevia leaves called Steviol glycosides. We use an intricate and proprietary process of purified water extraction to produce our unique product. Other producers of Stevia-based products may use commercial processes involving alcohol extraction, decolouration by bleach or citric acid, and purification using ion-exchange resins, electrolytic techniques or precipitating agents?.
11. Is PureSweet® safe?
Yes. PureSweet®, as mentioned, derives from the Stevia plant which has a long history of safe usage dating back 1500 years. Today it is consumed in large quantities by millions of people all over the world. Steviol glycosides, the natural sweet compounds found in Stevia leaves are non-toxic and non-carcinogenic (do not cause cancer).
12. Is PureSweet® safe for children?
Yes. The Stevia in PureSweet® has been used as a folk remedy for centuries. Today it can be found in a number of Western medicines, pill coatings and dietary supplements, such as children's multivitamins sold around the world, including the USA.
13. Is PureSweet safe for diabetics?
In its pure form, PureSweet® has no effect on blood sugar levels and is therefore considered by many to be 'diabetic friendly'. However, diabetes is a medical condition which should be monitored and treated by a qualified physician or health care practitioner. Ask your doctor prior to including PureSweet® in your diet. If they do not support PureSweet® or Stevia-based products, ask them politely for the latest research supporting their opinion. You may find that it is not the PureSweet® that is the problem, but other substances which some producers may be adding to it.
14. Is there a problem with using PureSweet® in Australia?
No, but if it is to be used as an ingredient in the manufacture of foods, beverages or pharmaceutical products it must be classified as a flavour or flavour extract. If it is to be sold as a retail product through retail outlets, it must be sold as an herbal extract. Under the ANZFA Food Code Standard A6, No 2, Item B, PureSweet® is classified as a "Natural food Concentrate". The main ingredient of PureSweet®, Stevia, is listed under the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), 1999.
15. How can I get PureSweet®?
Contact us via this website, by mail or by phone or fax at PureSweet® for our total range of products specific to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. A full range of retail packs in tablet, powder and liquid formats will be available through retail outlets in the near future.
16. What other PureSweet® products do you have?
We are continually undertaking research and developing variants of PureSweet® specific to all types of food and beverage products. Through our own chemists and food technologists we also work with various companies in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets to develop great tasting healthier foods. Products in which PureSweet® can, and is being used, are general foods, ice cream, chocolate, confectionary, tea, coffee, bakery items, cereals, jams, yoghurts, soft drinks, fruit juices, canned fruits, soy products, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and body building products.