Our Stevia powder comes with a convenient mini scoop (1/35th tsp), approximately equalling one teaspoon of sugar, so now using the perfect amount of Stevia is easier than ever before! We even have convenient pocket size containers that are easy to carry in your handbag or pocket, so you never have to worry about being without your favourite Nirvana Stevia® product.
You can even create your own natural, sugar-free drinks and health shakes. Our Powdered and Liquid Extracts are also fantastic and easy to use for all your cooking needs. Please see our recipe page
As preservatives are needed and the Nirvana team have chosen not to use nasty chemical preservatives, they selected the most natural alternatives available that will give the product the recommended 18-24 months shelf life and stability. For the standard Nirvana Stevia liquid products, Nirvana gives consumers an option of stevia liquids using natural preservatives ‘such as Ascorbic acid etc.’ (15 and 30ml bottles) and a liquid using food grade alcohol as a preservative (50ml glass bottles).
Some consumers have food intolerances to even natural preservatives as ascorbic acid and are fine with food grade alcohol. It has approximately the same percentage alcohol as your standard homeopathics. Nirvana Stevia liquids are tested on a regular basis in a laboratory to establish that no harmful bacteria are present ie; E.coli. These tests are carried out to comply with Australian Food Standards.
Nirvana initially began formulating the flavoured stevia liquids using the natural preservatives, however it soon became evident that the natural preservatives actually interfered with taste of the flavours. Research has shown that either chemical preservatives or food grade alcohol are used for preserving flavoured Stevia liquid products.
We do not need to specify which grade or grades unless specifically selling different grades (e.g Reb a 40%, Reb A 60% etc.)
The exact formula/process of creating Nirvana Organics® Stevia extract is part of our guarded intellectual property.
We can supply certified organic Reb A 40% Stevia extract powder which is approximately 290 sweeter than sugar and also certified organic non-bitter Stevia extract powder which is approximately 150 times sweeter than sugar.
We have sourced and used higher grades of Reb A (such as Reb A 60, 80 and even 97%) for our manufacturing, however the higher grades of non-bitter Reb A extracts have gone through additional extraction processes which alters their stability (especially when used in liquid products).
Our ACO Certified Organic Stevia extract powder is sourced from China where the plants are grown and processed under strict control by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM). International IFOAM inspectors monitor crop production and processing by taking random samples for analysis. In Australia our Stevia extract powder is certified organic by Australian Certified Organic (ACO) as part of IFOAM regulations. Nirvana Health Products undergoes a rigorous audit procedure to comply with ACO ORGANIC CERTIFICATION.
Actually to our knowledge there is only currently only 2 places in the world where it is produced certified organically, (both in China remote areas). Actually several years ago, it could only be sourced from one source (that is certified organic), however ACO did not approve it. We totally believe that there is no cleaner source of Stevia extract then our current source and that our quality and purity of Stevia is of the highest grade which we have certification to support.
Originally – 14 years ago we sourced our Stevia from Paraguay, one of the countries that Stevia plants are native to. This Stevia plantation in South America was controlled and operated by a United States company who later informed us that they actually ship the stevia leaves to Asian countries to be processed and ship back to the US and then ship to us in Australia.
It appears that the processing of Stevia leaves to a good quality and good tasting extract is too expensive for most western countries (commercial scale quantities). Even Stevia that is grown in some northern regions of Australia cannot as this stage be processed in Australia. Maybe it will change in the future!
Stevia Slim tablets are smaller in size. The sweetness of a Stevia Slim tablet has approximately the equivalent sweetness to 4g of sugar (1 level tsp), whereas our Nirvana original tablets has approximately the equivalent sweetness to 7g of sugar (1 heaped tsp).
Nirvana Organics pure Stevia extract powder is 100% pure Stevia powder only. It is very concentrated. A tiny scoop provided (1/35th of a tsp). Whereas Nirvana organics Stevia Slim Spoonable is an easy measure spoonable blend – Stevia extract blended with Erythritol (see below for more info)
One teaspoon of our Stevia Spoonable™ equals the sweetness of two teaspoons of sugar.
Our regular Stevia powder is 100% pure Stevia extract (ACO certified organic) with nothing added. It is very concentrated. Stevia Slim Spoonable is an ‘easy measure’ Stevia sweetener blend (less than half a calorie per serve). The only reason we have blended the erythritol with the Stevia is to create an easier measure Stevia blend. Stevia is considered more natural than erythritol and our pure Stevia extract powder products are more economical than the Stevia Spoonable.
Nirvana 15ml and 30ml Stevia liquids in plastic bottles are preserved with Ascorbic Acid and Potassium Sorbate. This liquid will have a slight brown tinge due to the preserving ingredients. This Stevia liquid is naturally light yellow in colour. The browning effect is probably due to slight oxidation. The contributing factors would include the age of the product, storage conditions and how many times the lid has been opened. As long as it is not past its best before date and has not been subject to storage temperatures greater than 30 degree C, it will remain stable.
We can confirm that our 100% pure Stevia extract powder has absolute no additives and is 100% Australian Certified Organic Stevia powder only.
One of the excipients used in manufacturing of the tablets is derived from Non GMO Tapioca starch.
Stevia also has Zero calories and has been suggested as a valuable aid in assisting diabetics with weight control. A word of warning, however, – some Stevia on the market is not 100% pure, and may be blended with other ingredients that may be higher in calories and carbohydrates, making them unsuitable for diabetics. Nirvana Stevia® on the other hand, is pure and natural and has a Zero GI.
As with any serious medical conditions, however, if in doubt please consult your health practitioner before incorporating Stevia into your daily diet, and be sure to continually monitor your blood-sugar levels.
As Stevia sweetener qualities can be up to 180% sweeter (1 heaped tsp pure extract = 1 c sugar) than sugar, Stevia will not have the same bulking properties of sugar.
Unlike some other sweeteners, Stevia is heat stable and mixes and dissolves in a remarkably similar fashion to sugar. Stevia does not, however, caramelize as sugar does and desserts like meringues may also be difficult to achieve as Stevia does not brown or crystallize as sugar does. Foods baked with Stevia may not rise as much as those cooked with sugar, and it cannot ferment yeast as sugar does.
Please see our recipe page for some great ideas.
The sweetness of one heaped teaspoon of Nirvana 100% Pure Stevia powder is approximately equivalent to the sweetness of one cup of sugar.
Food Standards actually approved the sweetening properties of the Stevia Leaf (steviol glycosides – the extract of Stevia) as the sweetener, not stevia itself. You will notice Steviol glycosides written on the front of our label and in our nutritional panel and ingredient list.
We enclose a small measuring scoop to assist with ensuring correct serving amounts (1 heaped scoop = 1 heaped tsp sugar), the length of the scoop just fits into the container.
Stevia powder by its nature is a light and “fluffy” product and compacts after settling – yes, it really does. When we fill the container, we need these sizes of container in order to accommodate the initial volume of this light powder. With handling and transportation, it is conceivable that the powder will compact.
We regularly check our Stevia powder containers after filling and even one that has stood on the shelf for a short period of time is found to have compacted considerably. There is no intended dishonesty or deceit on our part because as I stated before, our filling procedures are strictly controlled by Food Standards Australia & NZ and our HACCP food safety program.
Our Stevia powder is the highest grade organically certified product available and we take great pride in selling it through our distributors. We supply only 100% PURE organic stevia powder that is not mixed with any other ingredients and because of this there is an inherent problem with compaction.
|Sugar amount||Stevia Powder extract||Stevia Liquid Concentrate|
|2 cups||3 level teaspoons||2 teaspoons|
|1 cup||1 ½ level teaspoons||1 teaspoon|
|½ cup||¾ level teaspoon||½ teaspoon|
|¼ cup||3/8 level teaspoon||¼ teaspoon|
|1 tablespoon||1/8 level teaspoon||12 to 16 drops|
|2 teaspoon||1/16 level teaspoon||6 to 8 drops|
|1 teaspoon||A pinch to 1/32 level teaspoon||3 to 4 drops|