SoPure Stevia Applications – Use Levels in Foods & Beverages

The rule of thumb for a starting point is to divide the % sugar to be replaced in the beverage by 300 to give the starting % stevia extract to use. For example, 6%/300= 0.02% or 200ppm in beverages. Use RA99 for sugar free beverages because it is the sweetest and has no off-flavor at this level. Use Nascent new 2nd Generation or 3rd Generation stevia blends for up to 90% sugar reduced beverages because these stevia extracts are synergistic with remaining sugar present in these beverages. The biggest driver for best taste is the type of stevia extract, and the second is the usage level. Less is More! Stay below 0.02% in beverages if possible. Beverage compositions and their effect on stevia taste perception are in general less important. For bakeries and dairy products, double the starting use level to 0.04% (400ppm). Triple to 0.06% (600ppm) for confections and to 0.2% (2,000ppm) for chewing gums. To make reduced sugar/sugar free foods and beverages even sweeter, consider a sweetener and flavor “stacking” strategy including Nascent’s stevia-based natural flavor.


Some Products Sweetened with Stevia:

  • Beverages: Carbonated Soft Drinks, Energy Drinks, Iced Tea, Iced Coffee, Sport Drinks, Powder Soft Drinks
  • Baked Goods: Breads, Cakes, Cookies, Brownies, Pies, Cereal Bars
  • Condiments/Sauces: Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Pickles, Steak Sauces
  • Confections: Hard and Soft Candies, Chewing Gums, Chocolates, Chocolate Powders
  • Dairy Products: Yoghurts, Ice Creams, Frozen Novelties
  • Tabletop Sweeteners: Tablets, Liquids, Powders
  • Personal Care: Cosmetics, Lipsticks, Mouth Washes, Toothpaste, Cough Syrup, Dietary Supplements, Protein Drinks, Replacement Meal Drinks, Vitamin bars

SoPure Stevia Use Levels in Foods

The steviol glycosides are currently used as a sweetener in an number of foods consumed in Asia and South America. The following table summarizes the information submitted to JECFA as its 63rd, 68th, and 69th meeting.

Food Use Levels Reported to the Committee Reported Maximum Use Level (mg/kg):

Beverages (soft drinks, fruit drinks) 600
Desserts 500
Yogurt 500
Cold Confectionery 500
Sauces 1000
Pickles 1000
Delicacies 1000
Sweet Corn 200
Breads 160
Biscuits 300