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What's made you Zuc?

Le Zuc is made from two natural ingredients. The first is the Stevia leaf from which the sweetening property is extracted. The second is Maltodextrin, which is corn-based and is used for bulking.

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What is Stevia?

Stevia is a native plant from Paraguay that sweetens while not containing any calories. It has been used worldwide for decades but only in recent years has it begun to enter the sweetener market thanks to technological advances that allow the production to occur at competitive prices.

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How is the Stevia plant used in the world?

Stevia is not only used as a sweetener, but also as a medicinal herb due to its antioxidant and nutritional properties. In recent years, due to price competitiveness, many manufacturers and food and beverage manufacturers chose Stevia as the best option to sweeten their products, not only for its sweetness, but also because it is a completely natural and healthy alternative. In several countries, including the United States, Stevia can be found in chewing gum, confectionery, soft drinks, and beverages among others.

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Is it suitable for diabetics?

Yes! Not only is Le Zuc suitable for diabetics, but it is recommended by experts in diabetes. Scientific studies have shown that Stevia acts as a regulator of the insulin and blood glucose, and it is widely recommended for individuals suffering from insulin disorders, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders.

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Is it suitable for my children?

Le Zuc is suitable for people of all ages including children. It is perfect for those who love to sweeten their food, because unlike traditional sugar, Le Zuc does not ferment in the gums and cause cavities. The studies on growth and development ensure that its use is safe and there are NO known adverse effects.

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What differentiates Le Zuc from other sweeteners?

Compared to artificial or chemical sweeteners, Le Zuc is a healthy alternative and 100% natural. Compared with sugar or other natural sweeteners, Le Zuc is not only zero-calorie sweetener but also the only one recommended and endorsed by health experts.

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What is the difference between Le Zuc for industrial and home use?

Le Zuc for industrial use is a more concentrated version that is 100 times sweeter than sugar. This version is used for food processing and is purely for manufacturers. Le Zuc for home use, is 4 times sweeter than sugar and can be used by anyone to sweeten foods and beverages.

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Is Le Zuc all natural?

Yes. It comes from an herb and is 100% natural. Even including its extraction process, which is performed with water thus keeping the process completely free from chemicals. Le Zuc has a 100% traceability, which means that the entire process, from the leaf to the packet, is verifiable and high quality.

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Can it be used for cooking?

Le Zuc is ideal for cooking because it retains its properties at high and low temperatures.

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What is the benefit of using natural sweeteners instead of artificial sweeteners?

Artificial sweeteners contain many chemicals that may become harmful to the health of some people after using them for long periods of time. For this reason, artificial sweeteners are not recommended for consumption by children, pregnant women, and

nursing mothers. An option that is 100% natural and chemical free makes a big difference in an individual’s health, which is why we always recommend that people use natural sweeteners.

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What do international authorities say about Stevia?

In July 2008, the committee of experts of the FAO/WHO Food Additives (JECFA) concluded that Stevia is safe for human consumption at a dose of 4 mg x kg body weight per day, just as the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) approved Stevia as a sweetener, coinciding with the dose recommended by the JECFA. In August 2008 the experts of health and food regulation in Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) also ruled in favor of the use of Stevia as an ingredient in foods and beverages. On December 17 of the same year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Stevia extract in high-quality food and beverage as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). Moreover, in countries like China, Japan, Paraguay, Korea, Brazil, Israel and Malaysia Stevia is approved and is widely used.

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What is the future of Stevia?

Stevia has a promising future. In countries like Japan, which has encouraged the consumption since the 60s, Stevia already has over 40% of the sweetener market. Globally, it will continue to have a great impact on society as health government experts, of different countries, continue approving it. Stevia has caught the attention of many manufacturers because of its natural sweetener, zero-calorie property. This includes companies such as Coca Cola and Cargill International, which are beginning to use it in order to manufacture new products.

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Does Stevia have any side effects?

Stevia does NOT have any kind of side effect. The request for approval of Stevia FDA cites over 120 articles written before 1958, and more than 900 published after that date, no scientist reported any adverse effects to human health from the consumption of Stevia even at concentrations much higher than recommended.

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How long has Stevia been used and/or been in the world market?

It has been used worldwide for decades but only recently has it been introduced as a sweetener in the market. Moreover, many manufacturers for food and beverages are beginning to use Stevia to sweeten their products.

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¿Cómo es laWhat is the use of Stevia in countries like Japan?

In countries like Japan, Stevia has been allowed in the markets since the 60s, and already has over 40% of the sweetener market. Sweeteners containing chemicals such as saccharin, aspartame and sucralose are illegal and their marketing in the country is NOT allowed. In Japan, even the Diet Coke is sweetened with Stevia. In all these years of mass consumption in Japan, there has still never been a case of adverse side effects.

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From which starch does the Maltodextrin derive from: corn, cassava, or wheat?

Maltodextrin, used in Le Zuc, comes from corn. The factory that supplies Maltodextrin is a renowned European company that has a fully certified natural process "GMO Free" (Genetically Modified Organism). It is important to note that corn is one of the less-glycemic grains.

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What is the sweet component of Stevia?

Stevia has nothing to do with sugar or fructose, the sweet component is given by steviol glycosides. The most known of these are the Rebaudiosa A, B and Stevioside, which have been widely studied.

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Why do different Stevia products have different tastes?

Simple answer:
All brands of Stevia-based sweeteners have a very different flavor profile. Specifically, what varies is the power residual sweetness and flavor. Which results in different Stevia brands with excellent flavor and others with quite a bitter taste. This is due to two main reasons:

  • Cultivation: There are many varieties of the Stevia plant, i.e there are many hybrids of the plant. Globally, there are over 250 varieties of the plant which are naturally found.
  • The Factory: The process of extraction and production varies between factories because they all have a particular process, which is patented and confidential. The key to the production process is to isolate the sweet molecule and remove plant parts correctly without extracting bitter. Additionally, some factories that produce chemicals use Stevia to accelerate the process and reduce costs, negatively affecting the product in terms of taste and not being 100% natural.

The sweet components of the Stevia are called glycosides and main molecule is called Steviol. There are several sweet components of Stevia--several Stevia glycosides. Among them, the most important and most known because of their taste--sweeter with no bitter components--are the Rebaudiosa A and Stevioside. The percentage of concentration of Rebaudiosa A in the Stevia plant is the smallest compared to other glycosides, and in turn the best tasting, and that is why it is the most expensive component. Certain factories in order to reduce costs begin using other glycosides thus creating a very different final taste that is quite bitter.

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Can Le Zuc be consumed by people with autism?

People with autism should respect a strict diet, this is a fundamental part of their treatment, thus the only sweeteners recommended are Xylitol and Stevia. Xylitol has some disadvantages, mainly its high cost, bitter taste, cannot be used for cooking, and its over-consumption may lead to gastrointestinal complications. Since Le Zuc is made from Stevia, it is widely recommended for people with autism and does not produce any side effects. Furthermore, the maltodextrin used, because of its superior quality, does not have any contraindications for these patients, except for few cases which are in a special diet comprised of only specific carbohydrates. Le Zuc currently maintains an alliance with SOVENIA (Venezuelan Society of Autistic Children and Adults) in which we support patients. Specialists in this field strongly recommend Le Zuc as the best and safest option for this condition.

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