Steviva Ingredients announced its MonkSweet plus, a natural sweetening solution that combines three branded ingredients — SteviaSweet 95-60, monk fruit extract and Erysweet Erythritol — in a proprietary blend. The ingredient is twice as sweet as sugar and has just 0.2 calories per gram, the company says. It can be plugged into formulations at a 1-to-2 ratio for sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup to reduce calories and enhance flavor, it adds. It also features a GMO-free profile, kosher certification, and a low glycemic load that is safe for diabetics. Designed specifically for beverages, sauces, marinades, condiments, baked goods, jellies and confections, MonkSweet plus is highly soluble as well as non-fermenting. It is appropriate in a wide range of formulations because it works well with other sweeteners and is heat-, shelf- and pH-stable, the company says.

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