Stevia Dosage

Stevia Guide for the correct dosage of Stevia

It is not easy to recommend the correct dosage of Stevia for drinks and food. The individual Stevia products often differ greatly in taste and sweetening power. That's why it's very advisable to make the switch from sugar to Stevia slowly. Enormous differences in the content of steviol glycosides/rebaudiosides (Stevia) occur especially with whole leaves and the white Stevia extract powder made from them. This is often due to the sometimes very different plant varieties and the growing conditions.

Although the industrial processing of Stevia products is largely standardized, the quality may vary considerably depending on the manufacturer. A very decisive factor is the quality of the raw materials used by the manufacturers. To mask the taste of cheap Stevia raw materials, dextrose, fructose, etc. and flavours, especially vanilla flavours, are often added.

Therefore, pay attention to the list of ingredients when you next buy!

Usually the dosage recommendations given by the manufacturer will help you. In contrast to the plant parts, Stevia sweetener tablets, liquid sweetener or crystalline scattered sweetener are much easier to dose. Our Stevia conversion table will help you:

Stevia                                                                                corresponds to approx.

1 heaped teaspoon (TL) of Stevia granules

30 g of sugar

1 g dried Stevia leaves

15 g sugar

1 teaspoon stevioside powder, white

200 g white or 180 g brown sugar

​ 1 teaspoon stevioside powder, green

50 g white or 45 g brown sugar

1 drop of stevia syrup, clear

1 g sugar

1 teaspoon stevia syrup, dark

2 g sugar

1 Stevia Tab / tablet

2 g sugar

Sugar                                                                                corresponds to approx.

​100 g sugar

65 g Stevia granules

100 g sugar

​0.3 g (1 pinch) stevioside powder

​1 lump sugar

2-3 drops of Stevia Fluid

​​​2 lump sugar

​​1 Stevia tab / tablet

Is the sweetening power of Stevia comparable to that of sugar?

The difference between sugar and Stevia products in terms of sweetening power is huge. Generally speaking, Stevia is about 300 to 450 times sweeter than regular sugar. However, above a certain amount, the sweet taste doesn't get stronger because our taste buds don't accept the effects of the steviol glycosides evenly.

Ultimately, every user should sweeten according to his or her sense of taste. After some time, everyone can create a personal conversion table.

How to sweeten food with Stevia

The quality of the Stevia product plays a major role in the correct dosage of food. While pure Stevia leaves and Stevia products have a sweet taste, Stevioside products are rather mild and free of bitter substances. High-quality products are characterised by a particularly natural sweetness.

The initially difficult handling of Stevia products requires some patience from the user. After some time of use, however, one gets the necessary sensitivity for the correct dosage.

What influences the taste?

In addition to the steviol glycosides, the composition of nutrients, the acidity and the temperature of the food also play a role in the development of the taste.

Is the use of Stevia identical to that of sugar?

Because Stevia has a much lower density than sugar, the sugar substitute must be mixed in properly when preparing the food. You should therefore use more flour or less liquid when baking.

Does Stevia change the taste?

Foods containing bitter substances should be sweetened very carefully, because the green Stevia leaf powder in particular enhances the taste.

Overdose of Stevia

An overdose of Stevia is not harmful to health, but it can cause a particularly bitter taste. It does not matter whether it is a good or bad product. Therefore, try to avoid overdosing by taking extra care when adding the sweetener.

Are there any laws that regulate the use of Stevia?

The use of products containing pure stevioside is regulated by the European Food Safety Authority. The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) sets the maximum daily intake of food additives. Stevia has been approved in the European Union since 2011 - COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1131/2011.

Stevia maximum intake

The Authority has established an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for steviol glycosides of 4 mg/kg body weight/day, calculated as steviol equivalents. Depending on the quality of the Stevia used, you can consume up to 12mg per kilogram of body weight per day. This corresponds to about 720mg Steviolglycoside/Rebaudioside-A concentrate. Converted to sugar, this would mean an amount of about 216g, which of course would be a particularly unhealthy amount.