Stevia just got sweeter, less bitter

Stevia just got sweeter, less bitterIf you have tried the sugar alternative stevia, you may have noticed the bitter aftertaste. Well, by changing stevia physically, Cornell food scientists were able to make it sweeter and more enjoyable. Many people made the switch to stevia because it is a calorie-free alternative to sugar, but its bitterness and aftertaste was often a deterrent.

The scientists worked on a compound of stevia known as rebaudioside A (also known as Reb A), the glycoside molecule that provides a sugary flavor but leaves a bitter aftertaste.  The researchers modified Reb A by applying “hydrophobic effects” to its bovine serum albumin protein, which creates a stable Reb A-protein complex. This combination removes stevia’s bitter components, so the human tongue can no longer pick up on them.


The researchers tested to modified stevia in orange juice and found it remained intact. The improved stevia may encourage more food manufacturers to begin opting for stevia instead of sugar.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.


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