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The Science Behind Stevia
How Safe is This Trendy Sweetener?
12/14/2016 10:33:32 AM
||Thanks for the information Lordrock. Like another poster I use stevia in the raw. Would like to have the plant one day if I ever find one in our area and its not to costly.|
9/27/2016 5:03:56 PM
||dose this product also cause lose bowels like Splenda|
3/22/2010 5:37:12 AM
||I don't believe a word the FDA has to say about sweetners after the aspartame debacle. If you want to read about aspartame and other reasons why we should protest the FDA, try the book Skinny Bitch. Really disgraceful.|
MICHELE77772/13/2010 9:49:13 AM
|I buy Stevia in the raw. It seems to be more pure than the others mentioned in this article. I get it right a my grocery store. I try not to use any artificial sweetener to often though. Lately I have used honey instead.|
LORDROCK1/27/2010 9:37:08 PM
|I cant delete comments but was probably a little hasty in my response. Better read that new report Becky mentioned. Apologies.|
LORDROCK1/27/2010 8:15:17 PM
Some more info
http://tinyurl.com/yb43tqn (pubmed link)
"A number of studies have suggested that, beside sweetness, stevioside along with related compounds, which include rebaudioside A (second most abundant component of S. rebaudiana leaf), steviol and isosteviol (metabolic components of stevioside) may also offer therapeutic benefits, as they have anti-hyperglycemic, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-diarrheal, diuretic, and immunomodulatory actions. It is of interest to note that their effects on plasma glucose level and blood pressure are only observed when these parameters are higher than normal."
In short there are indications (yet to be studied) that Stevia is not just another sweetener. Studies in rats have shown decreased insulin resistance etc. (Granted we are not rats!)
"The major glycoside, stevioside, diterpenoid glycoside--is used in oriental countries as a food sweetener. Its medical use is also reported as a heart tonic. Besides, it is used against obesity, hypertension, and stomach burn and to lower uric acid levels. "
"Here in this study, ... (on mice) Stevioside was found effective in increasing phagocytic activity, haemagglutination antibody titre and delayed type hypersensitivity."
In short - seen to improve immune system of mice again.
There are also other studies in the works relating to many things that may affect us here at SparkPeople, and it was given surprisingly short shrift in this article.
Yes everything in moderation though.
LORDROCK1/27/2010 7:55:46 PM
I think the article was sublty and unfairly biased against Stevia.
Its also interesting a lot of the comments here still call it an artifical sweetener.
Also there are some indications it doesnt play havoc with insulin levels like other sweetners and may even improve theme.
Also, in response to the Food industry "leaping at the chance to market it", the natural substance (actual leaves) I think is still banned as a food in US, despite being generally accepted as a food in many parts of the world for many generations, which went against the FDA's normal guidlines for natural substances.
There is no mention that it has been used as a NATURAL sweetner for many years in many parts of the world.
And no mention that the FDA was initially lobbied by the ARTIFICAL sweetner industry to keep it of the shelves.
And no doubt before that, the sugar industry would have had something to say. (Being a major commodity).
A natural sweetner with no calories. Who is to can it cannot allow creation of a lot of sweet dishses that also have healthy ingredients. Remember it is naturally about 20 times sweeter than sugar, and the extract is like 200 time sweeter, so no there is no issue with Stevia's bulk replacing healthy ingredients.
And that is not withstanding current research looking at the *possibility* of it HELPING, with Type II diabetes, blood pressure , metabolic syndrome and obesity. (ie not just by replacing sugar but as an active agent).
All of this was glossed over, and the article implied its BAD based on research that has largely been overturned or not proven. For naturally occurring substances, this does not normally lead to a ban.
FINDINGMYWAY0912/11/2009 1:30:01 AM
|arte I agree with you I use regular sugar sometimes I get organic sugar (one that isn't bleached like white) I don't use a lot of sugar anyways I use honey in my tea not a coffee drinker there is no reason for me to use any type of artifical sweetner. I am trying to get my parents away from it but they don't want the empty calories that they say sugar has in it.|