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*Better Before 31.10.20* SweetLeaf® Flavoured Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops™, is all natural, zero calories, no carbs, and infinitely flavourful. Made with stevia leaf extract and natural flavours, each of the 5 flavours currently available come in a convenient squeezy bottle and can be easily added to foods or beverages for sweet, sugar-free flavour. With approximately 50 servings per bottle, a little Sweet Drops flavor goes a long way, making every bottle an impressive, and tasty, value.
Glycerol, Purified Water, Natural Flavouring, Sweetener - Steviol Glycosides (E960), Dietary Fibre.
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What happens when a man of modern healthcare meets the holistic healing wisdom of an ancient people? In the case of James A. May, a former healthcare executive, the meeting forever changed his life—both personally and professionally. Mr. May founded Wisdom Natural Brands®, parent company of SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener and Wisdom of the Ancients® herbal teas.
Wisdom Natural Brands (WNB) is a leading U.S. manufacturer of stevia and offers a full line of SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener products, available in convenient single-serving packets, liquids, powder, tabs, and concentrate, including the best-selling SweetLeaf Stevia and Organic Stevia Sweeteners, SweetLeaf® Sweet Drops™ Liquid Stevia, and SweetLeaf Water Drops™. WNB has introduced millions of people to the great-tasting, better-for-you sweetness of stevia.
Wisdom of the Ancients is one of the most respected herbal tea lines in the natural industry. Wisdom of the Ancients was the original company brand which started nearly 35 years ago, when Mr. May first started selling herbal teas from the trunk of his car. Quite an amazing business growth since then!
SweetLeaf was launched in 1981 when my late husband, James A. May Sr., was introduced to the stevia leaf in Paraguay and began to dream of a world where sugar could be naturally replaced. This was no small dream, but like all dreamers Jim believed anything was possible. Looking back now, I realize he was right.
Jim was working in healthcare and I was home with our five young children when the stevia leaf called Jim to a greater mission in life. A Peace Corps worker who just returned from Paraguay persuaded Jim to taste a stevia leaf and enjoy its sweet, delicate taste. It was that moment when our lives and destiny were changed forever.
We believed so much in this small sweet leaf, that we sold all our worldly belongings, except our home and one car, and tucked away a very small amount of money to barely sustain our family. Friends and family thought we were crazy! Thinking back, it sounds so impulsive now, but my husband was persuasive and he truly believed this leaf could change people’s lives for the better. We didn’t have any income for three years. That’s right. Zero. It was risky, but we believed we were meant to introduce the world to this sweet herb which has so many incredible benefits to the human body.
In the ‘80s, Americans were searching for a safe alternative to sugar. Both Jim and I became true believers in this critical need. We knew stevia was a better alternative to diets high in sugars and artificial sweeteners—and it simply tasted great! We began working to create a formula which could be used as an alternative, but wanted to make sure it contained no artificial ingredients. This was no easy task.
Whoever said patience is a virtue was right. It has been a road filled with many twists and turns. We started by packaging and labeling the herbs in our garage with the help of our young children. Our son Michael, now the President of our company, remembers those days well. Jim persuaded local health food stores to carry our new stevia products by taking stevia, yerba maté, and other herbs to stores and distributors in the back of our car.
Later, the FDA wanted to ban stevia from coming into the U.S. It was as if all the walls were closing in and this dream of Jim’s was turning into more of a nightmare. Still, we kept putting one foot forward and with the help of our congressional delegates, we were the first company to earn the FDA GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) designation in 2008. This made our product a food which could be called a sweetener in the United States, rather than a dietary supplement. It was exactly what we needed and we celebrated by working harder and continuing to grow. Today, you will see sweetener product aisles in natural and mainstream grocery stores worldwide carrying our products. I still walk by when shopping and smile thinking of the path it took to get here.
The past few years have marked a major shift in attitudes toward added sugars and how they impact the health of Americans. The American Heart Association, USDA, FDA, and the World Health Organization recommend reductions in the amount of added sugars consumed by the average person. These efforts highlight the connection between dietary choices and chronic disorders, including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. There have been thousands of papers written about the safety and benefits of stevia and there are millions of users who experience the health-promoting benefits everyday.
Our dream of making the world a sweeter place has become a reality. We cherish our relationship with you. We cherish our relationships with doctors and other healthcare professionals providing a better solution to their patients for reducing added sugars in their diets. Our 35-year journey reminds me very much of the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” We are grateful and ever so thankful to all of our customers for journeying with us on a road that will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless people seeking a better-for-you answer to harmful excess sugars while maintaining a heightened quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener?
SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener is America’s original stevia sweet product and the only absolutely pure, leaf-derived, chemically-free stevia sweet product available in the marketplace today. It has zero calories, zero carbohydrates and low glycemic index. The makers of SweetLeaf®have been working with stevia longer than anyone else in America.
What is stevia?
Stevia is a naturally sweet plant indigenous to South America where it has been used to sweeten food and beverages for more than 500 years. The sweet compounds found within the leaves are called glycosides, with rebaudioside A (also known as reb A) being the sweetest.
What are the ingredients in SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener?
SweetLeaf Stevia®Sweetener contains only two ingredients: natural stevia leaf extract and inulin, a soluble vegetable fiber. Inulin is a naturally occurring prebiotic. That’s it!
What makes SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener superior to other stevia-based products available in the marketplace?
SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener is the only sweetener in the world to use cool, purified water and a revolutionary filtration process to extract a select blend of glycosides. Because no chemicals, solvents, alcohols or additional processes are used at any stage of production, SweetLeaf®needs no masking or flavoring agents to hide anything. It simply has a clean, sweet taste that is ideal for all food and beverages.
What is the difference between stevia and artificial sweeteners?
The main difference is that stevia is natural, not synthetic. The reason artificial sweeteners exist in the first place is to sweeten food and beverages without adding calories or adversely impacting blood sugar. SweetLeaf Stevia®Sweetener provides the best of both worlds – naturally sweet plants with no calories, carbs or glycemic index.
Can SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener be used in the management of diabetes?
SweetLeaf Stevia®Sweetener has zero carbohydrates and low glycemic index.
Can SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener be used in weight management?
Yes. SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener can be added to sugar-free and fat-free foods to keep calories and carbohydrates as minimal as possible. By using SweetLeaf®instead of other natural or synthetic sweeteners, you can enjoy coffee, tea, yoghurt, oatmeal, cereal, smoothies and many other foods and beverages while staying on track with your weight goals.
Is SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener gluten-free?
Yes, SweetLeaf Stevia®Sweetener is gluten-free.
Is SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener Kosher?
Yes, it is certified Kosher (Parve).
Is SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener Non-GMO?
Yes, it is certified as Non-GMO project verified.
What is the FDA’s position on SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener?
SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener was the first stevia sweet product to receive GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status from the FDA in March 2008. Rigorous evaluation of the combination of glycosides used in the extract formulation was performed by two separate panels of scientists, independent of one another. Both GRAS Associates, LLC and Life Science Research Office concluded SweetLeaf® to be GRAS. To further underscore the findings, the FDA issued a "No Questions" letter to Wisdom Natural Brands®in 2009.
Click HERE to listen to our podcast interview with Claudia Baker of SweetLeaf Stevia. Claudia shares with us a little bit about the history of the company, the benefits of stevia, and the different products in the SweetLeaf range.
You can easily dress up the taste of water, coffee, tea, yogurt, cakes & biscuits, cocktails, smoothies, ice cubes, and nearly anything else. The uses are endless. Available in Caramel, Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla and SteviaClear natural flavours.
Experiment. The uses are only bound by your imagination. Add some flavour to your life. All natural, no calories, no carbs, no bitter aftertaste, and endless uses. You’ll love getting sweet without paying for it in calories.