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What are SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners?

SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners are great-tasting, no-calorie natural sweeteners made with non-GMO stevia leaf extract and other natural ingredients. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener gets their unique sweetness from Rebaudioside D (Reb D), a better tasting stevia leaf extract. Until now you may have only tasted sweeteners made with a stevia extract called Reb A, which can have a bitter aftertaste. By using primarily Reb D, we have found a perfect blend that tastes great. SPLENDA® Naturals Sweeteners have no calories, no added flavors, no added colors, and no artificial ingredients.

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What are the ingredients are in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners?

The ingredients in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Packets and SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Jar are non-GMO stevia leaf extract and non-GMO erythritol. Our SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Granulated is made with non-GMO stevia leaf extract and organic tapioca maltodextrin. There are no added flavors or colors in any of our SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener products.

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What is stevia extract?

Stevia extract is a component of the leaves of the stevia plant, a perennial herb (Stevia rebaudiana) grown in throughout South America, Asia and other countries. Stevia plant leaves are harvested, dried, and then steeped in water. This liquid is subjected to processing allowing the intense sweetening components, including Rebaudioside D (Reb D) extract, to be isolated, purified and dried. Due to the intense sweetness of stevia extract (which can be over 200 times sweetener than an equal amount of table sugar), only a small amount is needed to obtain sweetness.

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Is stevia extract approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

The US Food and Drug Administration has recognized that many stevia leaf extracts, including the high-purity extracts used in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, are safe and allowed for use as ingredients in sweeteners and in foods and beverages. For more information, please review the FDA FAQs at http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/transparency/basics/ucm194320.htm

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What is erythritol and why is it an ingredient in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Packets and Jar?

In general, erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol fermented from sugars and found in many vegetables and fruit. The erythritol used in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener Packets, and jar is Non-GMO Project Verified and is produced by a fermentation process using non-GMO corn. The product is then filtered and dried into crystals. These erythritol crystals are a main ingredient in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Packets and Jar to provide needed volume and texture and make it easier to sweeten with stevia extract.

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Does erythritol cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects?

Erythritol has a high digestive tolerance and consuming it from SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Packets and Jar would not be expected to result in gastrointestinal (GI) side effects that may occur with other sugar alcohols.

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Do SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners contain sucralose?

No, SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners do not contain sucralose.

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Why are SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners considered natural?

We understand that consumers may interpret “natural” in different ways. For us at the SPLENDA® Brand, natural means using non-GMO ingredients that are subjected to processing and filtration using food grade FDA-approved aids (such as ethanol, which is produced from organic matter and helps in the removal of any impurities, but is not present in the final product) to ensure quality, consistency, safety, and great taste, with no added flavors, no added colors, and no artificial ingredients. These FDA-approved processing aids for food used to extract the sweet components from the stevia leaves do not have any effect on the finished product, including taste or appearance, because they are either not present, or so minimally present that they are not subject to FDA labeling requirements. For more information on how SPLENDA® Brand does natural, please see our website http://www.splenda.com/naturals.

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Are SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners non-GMO (not genetically modified or engineered)?

Yes. We source only from non-GMO stevia plants, and the other natural ingredients used in our products are all Non-GMO Project Verified.

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Are SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners Vegan?

The ingredients in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners have not been produced from any animal, fish, dairy or eggs products, nor have any of these items been added to the product.

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Are SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners Vegetarian?

Yes, SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners are suitable for people on vegetarian diets as there are no animal products in the ingredients.

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Are SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners kosher?

Yes, SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners are certified kosher parve by the Orthodox Union (OU).

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In comparison to table sugar (sucrose), how sweet are SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners?

Sugar SPLENDA® Naturals Packets SPLENDA® Naturals Jar SPLENDA® Naturals Granulated
2 tsp 1 packet 1 tsp 2 tsp
½ cup 12 packets ¼ cup ½ cup
1 cup 24 packets ½ cup 1 cup
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What is a serving size of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener?

SPLENDA® Naturals Packets SPLENDA® Naturals Jar SPLENDA® Naturals Granulated
1 packet 1 tsp 2 tsp
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Can I cook and bake with SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener?

SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners can be used to sweeten foods that are heated, however, they might not be suitable for some recipes that need sugar for volume, browning or other functional characteristics. We suggest using these products to make things like beverages, smoothies, sauces, salad dressings or other food items, where the main role of sugar is to just provide sweetness.

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Can I use SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners in SPLENDA® Brand recipes?

SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners can be used to sweeten foods that are heated, however, they might not be suitable for some recipes that need sugar for volume, browning or other functional characteristics. We suggest using these products to make things like beverages, smoothies, sauces, salad dressings or other food items, where the main role of sugar is to just provide sweetness.

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How much carbohydrate is there in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners?

There are two grams of carbohydrate in a packet of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, or in a ½ teaspoon of the jar product. The two grams of carbohydrate come from erythritol, a sugar alcohol that is absorbed by the body, but not metabolized. Each gram of erythritol has 0 calories. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Granulated has 0 grams of carbohydrate per 1 teaspoon serving.

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Are SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners suitable for use by people with diabetes?

Yes. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners are a great sweetening option for people with diabetes as they have no calories. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Granulated contains 0 grams of carbohydrate per 1 teaspoon serving. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Packets and Jar Products contain stevia leaf extract and erythritol; and neither ingredient impacts serum glucose or insulin levels in people with diabetes. Although you will see two grams of carbohydrate per serving on the nutrition facts panel for these two products, it is important to know that this comes from the ingredient erythritol, which is not metabolized by the body. Each gram of erythritol provides 0 calories.

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How should SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners be stored?

SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners should be stored at room temperature.

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Do SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweeteners contain any gluten?

We do not test our finished products for the presence of gluten; however, there are no ingredients in the product that are derived from sources containing gluten.

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How many packets of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener provide the sweetness of one cup of sugar?

Twenty-four packets of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener provide the sweetness of one cup of sugar.

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What is SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener in the Jar?

The Jar is a convenient, spoonable version of our SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener in Packet form. Just like the packet form, it’s a great-tasting, no-calorie natural sweetener made with non-GMO stevia leaf extract and erythritol.  It has no calories, no added flavors, no added colors, and no artificial ingredients. And no bitter aftertaste.

For more information on how SPLENDA® Brand does natural, please see our website http://www.splenda.com/naturals

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What is SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Granulated?

The Granulated product is a convenient form of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener that can be used to sweeten cup for cup like sugar. It has no calories, no added flavors, no added colors, nor artificial ingredients, and no bitter aftertaste. For more information on how SPLENDA® Brand does natural, please see our website http://www.splenda.com/naturals.

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What is Tapioca Maltodextrin?

Tapioca maltodextrin is an ingredient used in SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, Granulated to give it volume and to achieve consistent sweetening. Tapioca maltodextrin starts with organic tapioca cassava which undergoes an enzymatic process to become organic maltodextrin.

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