Frequently Asked Questions
Your SweetLeaf® questions
Have a question about SweetLeaf® and its family of products? Browse our frequently asked questions below for the answer or contact us with your inquiry.
What is stevia?
Stevia is a plant that was discovered more than 1,500 years ago in the rainforests of Paraguay. At maturity, the stevia shrub grows to about three feet tall. Stevia leaves are 30 times sweeter than sugar.
What is SweetLeaf® Stevia?
SweetLeaf® Stevia is an award-winning sweetener with zero calories, zero carbs, a non-glycemic response, and no artificial ingredients. It is a non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher sugar alternative. SweetLeaf® Stevia has endless uses when you want to add flavor and sweetness to any food or beverage. The SweetLeaf® brand has developed more consumer stevia products than any other company in the world.
Is stevia safe?
Yes, there are thousands of studies supporting the safety of stevia. Stevia is destined to be the preferred sweetener of the future. Consumers are looking for ways to reduce or eliminate calories, carbohydrates, and sugars in their diets. Stevia is a proven solution. SweetLeaf® Stevia products taste delightfully sweet and are gluten-free.
What is your Natural Flavors
Our Natural Flavors are Non-GMO project verified, and are made from natural sources and processes. Further, all our Natural Flavors are a proprietary composition of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) ingredients approved by FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
What are the ingredients in SweetLeaf® Sweet Drops® Liquid Stevia?
Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops® in the 2-oz glass bottles contain purified water, organic stevia leaf extract, natural flavors and some concentrates. They have no artificial ingredients, zero calories, zero carbs and no sugars. SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops® in convenient 50ML plastic bottles contain vegetable glycerin, purified water, stevia leaf extract, natural flavors and water soluble dietary fiber. They have no artificial sweeteners, zero calories and no sugars. For details, go to our products page, click on the product you’re interested in and then click on “nutrition facts.”
Are SweetLeaf® products appropriate for people with diabetes?
Yes, SweetLeaf® Stevia products, with their non-glycemic response, are appropriate for people with diabetes.
We advise anyone with medical questions or specific health conditions to check with their physician for medical recommendations.
What are the ingredients in SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener?
SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener and Organic Stevia Sweetener have no artificial ingredients and contain inulin, stevia leaf extract and silica. Inulin is a soluble vegetable fiber, which nourishes the good intestinal flora that supports the body’s immune function and promotes digestion. Silica is a naturally occurring substance recommended by the FDA as an anti-caking agent in powdered foods.
SweetLeaf® Stevia comes in packets in 35- and 70-count boxes as well as a 4-oz. shaker jar. SweetLeaf® Stevia has zero calories, zero carbs, no sugars and a non-glycemic response.
Did you know that 4-oz & 2-oz SweetLeaf® Sweet Drops® Liquid Stevia has new packaging?
It’s the same delicious SweetLeaf® Sweet Drops® in 288-serving glass bottles that you know and love with a refreshed look. As one of our first products developed, we wanted to modernize its look and feel going into 2020. Our goal was to design a label that still has the history and trust of SweetLeaf®, but blends with our newer product lines such as our 48-serving squeezable Water Drops® and Sweet Drops®. Keep your eyes peeled for Sweet Drops® in-store and online.
I have tried stevia before and it had an aftertaste. Do SweetLeaf® products have a bad aftertaste?
Not all stevia is created equal. The bitter aftertaste that can be experienced from other products may have arisen from artificial ingredients or chemicals used in processing. SweetLeaf® Stevia has no bitterness or aftertaste.
Where can I buy SweetLeaf® Sweet Drops® Liquid Stevia flavors?
A list of retail locations can be found on the store locator. If your local retailer does not stock a specific item, they can special order it for you.
I love your teas. How much caffeine does your yerba maté contain per bag?
There are 27mg of caffeine in each yerba maté tea bag. Yerba maté and Yerba Maté Royale® will give you the energy and mental alertness you seek without the jittery sensation that can come from caffeinated beverages.
Our comparison chart indicates for an 8-oz. cup:
- Coffee: 90mg caffeine
- Green tea: 40mg caffeine
- Yerba maté tea: 27mg caffeine
Do SweetLeaf® Sweet Drops® Liquid Stevia need to be refrigerated?
No, they do not.
Can SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener be used in cooking and baking?
Yes. SweetLeaf® is great for cooking and baking and is freezer-stable while being able to withstand heat. You can substitute SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweeteners for all or part of the sugars in a recipe. Use our easy conversion chart to help with the substitutions in your recipes.
Check out our interactive stevia calculator for an easy way to reduce or eliminate sugars from your recipes. And visit our recipe page for deliciously tempting ways to use SweetLeaf® products.
We also encourage you to join us on Facebook, where our active SweetLeaf® community, including professional chefs, post tips and delicious recipes.
Is SweetLeaf® approved by the FDA as a sweetener?
In 2008, SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener was the first stevia product to achieve the FDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) designation. This means that it can be used as a food and an additive in other foods to sweeten and enhance flavor.
Do you have any new products?
Introducing SweetLeaf® Sugar-Free Syrups. Forget what used to be liquified sugar, SweetLeaf® Stevia Sugar-Free Syrup brings the incredible sweetness of stevia and monk fruit in popular flavors. SweetLeaf® Stevia Sugar-Free Syrup is flavored naturally, Non-GMO Project Verified and kosher. This sugar-free syrup is delicious on pancakes, waffles, desserts and anything else you’d use syrup on, with only 70 calories per serving.
The taste of your SweetLeaf® Powdered Stevia has changed, why is that?
Over time, new ways of extracting the sweetest parts of the stevia plant are developed. We are committed to providing the best tasting stevia possible, so you may notice a more crisp flavor in our powdered products because of this.
Did you change the ingredients in SweetLeaf® Powdered Stevia?
No, our SweetLeaf® stevia powdered sweeteners are still made with the highest quality Stevia Extract and equally high quality prebiotic inulin fiber. We have introduced a sweeter extract of the stevia plant that delivers more crisp taste.