Food Finds Asia | The Healthiest Sweetener for your Food Business | Despite the ongoing situation, the craving for good food is still as strong if not stronger than ever before. Filipino millennials are a big reason why food businesses are so popular in the Philippines, and the current pandemic is doing nothing to put off their cravings. Even if they cannot go out as readily, they take advantage of the available delivery service to get access to the food they want.
A food business by definition is quite broad as it often overlaps and seamlessly blends with elements of art, personal passions, and cultural expression. According to the Ashfield District Council, a food business is a retail shop selling sweets and confectionary, a bakery, butchers, a café or restaurant, fast food premises, a pub, a microbrewery, or pub, a cake maker and a homer caterer. The common element across all of these is food, but as you can see, there are many variants when it comes to the kinds of food and how the food is served to customers.
Products of food businesses that never wane in popularity are those that satisfy the sweet tooth. These kinds of food businesses are “pop talk” or “teenage talk” fo Filipino Teens and Millenials, meaning it is a popular topic of conversation. Unless you have been living under a rock, you would know that milk tea is all the rave currently. The milk tea business is booming not only in the Metro but also in the provinces.
In the same vane, coffee businesses have always been a staple. Despite the presence of big-name brands like, Starbucks, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Bo’s Coffee, many small coffee businesses are trending up in local communities because of the unique products and experiences they provide their customers, often specializing in specific product types that are better executed than those made for the mass market. As an example, millennials are more health-conscious when it comes to what they eat and drink, counting calories and tracking ingredients for the positive and negative effects they may have on their physical well-being. This has led to an upward trend in the popularity of products that boast health benefits to its consumers.
For a food business owner, it is clear that being health-conscious should be considered a priority since it is a priority for the market. There are many ways to tackle being more attractive to those looking for the healthiest option, but it can be as simple as deciding which ingredients to use in your products. Sugar is one of the most popular ingredients, but it could lead to negative health effects. There are many sugar substitutes out there, but why not consider one that is organic, sweeter, and healthier than the rest. You should consider using stevia.
Stevia is the Healthiest Sweetener
Stevia in other parts of the globe has already been used as a sugar substitute for years. According to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), high purity steviol glycosides, an extract of the stevia plant, is considered generally safe for use in food. Stevia has no calories, and it is 200 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration. Stevia can lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It can also help maintain a well-balanced diet, fight allergies, and prevent cancer. This is why stevia is the healthiest sweetener that you can use for your Food Business. It is a lot easier to prevent than to cure.
Here is a menu item that utilizes stevia as an ingredient. This recipe is from Sweet and Fit Stevia Philippines. Sweet and Fit Stevia is the first Stevia producer in the Philippines and is owned by none other than the Queen of Stevia herself, Mrs. Maura de Leon.
- 900ml Heavy Cream/ Whip
- 425g Dark Chocolate
- 45g Gelatin Sheets
- 300ml Cold Water
- 170g Egg
- 85g Egg Yolks
- 50g Stevia
- Assemble and prepare the desires pastries, containers, or molds that are to be used in the application of the mouse before beginning preparation.
- Whip the cream to soft peak, cover and reserve under refrigeration.
- Melt the chocolate in the bowl over barely simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) bring the chocolate to 120F.
- Meanwhile, submerge the gelatin sheets in the water and allow them to bloom for about 5 minutes.
- Combine the eggs, egg yolks, and stevia in a bowl over simmering water, whisking constantly until it reaches 135F.
- Pour the egg & stevia mixture in the mixer and whip on high speed with the whip attachment until light in color & foamy.
- Meanwhile, strain the gelatin well and melt it over a gentle water bath, add the melted gelatin to the still-warm egg and sugar mixture and continue to whip until it reaches room temperature 75F.
- Combine the mixture into the melted chocolate, whisking vigorously.
- Fold in the whipped cream, thoroughly.
- Immediately pipe or spread into prepared pastries or containers, cover and refrigerate until completely set.
Where to Buy Stevia?
The first stevia dietary supplement produced and certified by the Food and Drug Administration in the Philippines was produced by Glorious Industrial and Development Corporation (GIDC) Philippines. GIDC is the first stevia supplier in the Philippines established in 2004. Being the first certified and original best tasting stevia in the Philippines, they are the most reliable stevia supplier in the Philippines.
In 2009, GIDC introduced Sweet and Fit, the best tasting stevia in the market. Sweet and Fit Stevia is also used in other Glorious Industrial and Development Corporation products, such as Glorious Blend Coffee Mixes, Sweet and Fit Tea, and Sweet and Fit Stevia Chocolate. They also conduct stevia toll manufacturing. It is the best and easiest way for you to incorporate stevia into your food business.
Glorious Industrial and Development Corporation (GIDC)
72 Nuestra Senora st. 6th Ave.
1400 Metro Manila