With the recent acceptance of Stevia as a viable and long-term alternative sugar free sweetener, Eagle Beverage is working on reformulating its current line of sugar free syrups (currently sweetened with 100% Splenda®) using Stevia. Stevia was granted no-objection GRAS status by the FDA for sweeteners that contain 95% or more pure RebA. These sweeteners are 200 or more times sweeter than sugar so they can be used as a replacement for other high intensity sweeteners (such as aspartame, sucralose) or used with sugar to maintain the same taste profile but reduce the carbohydrates and Calories in the product. The first product the lab is working on is Vanilla. If vanilla gains acceptance in the marketplace, you can be sure that this will carry over into other popular flavors, like Caramel, Hazelnut and Irish Crème. Do you have an opinion on Stevia? Please share it here.
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