Posted by: 4pack | April 17, 2009

“Ideal Sweeteners”: Stevia May Be A “Natural, No Calorie” Sweetener But Diets Should Not Rely On “Processed Foods Or Beverages”

stevia“Given our nation’s problem with obesity, stevia and other artificial sweeteners have a place for people who consume more calories than they should from sweets,” says Gans. “But artificial sweeteners should not take over your diet because that means you’re eating way too many processed foods.”

 

 

Is stevia, an extract 300 times more potent than sugar, the no-fat, no-calorie “natural” sweetener that soda and juice lovers have been thirsting for?

Since the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of rebaudioside A (Reb A) as a general purpose sweetener in December, major beverage marketers have been rushing new stevia-infused drinks into stores. Coca-Cola is using the stevia-derived sweetener Truvia in two of its Odwalla juice drinks and in the new Sprite Green. PepsiCo added its version of stevia to Sobe Lifewater drinks and has launched a new Tropicana orange juice, Trop50, containing 50 percent less sugar and calories.

The sweetener, which manufacturers claim is natural because it’s derived from the leaf of a South American shrub, has been used for years as a commercial sweetener in Japan and other Asian countries. It’s too soon to know whether American consumers will lap up its slightly licorice-y flavor, but nutritionists are already weighing in with their own verdict: Stevia is no risk-free holy grail for dieters.

But so far, there’s nothing to distinguish stevia from other sugar substitutes on the market, despite its boast about being natural, nutrition experts say. Stevia may have no calories, but you shouldn’t make it a regular dietary staple, says New York City-based nutritionist Keri Gans, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30195885/

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Responses

  1. Its time that sugar met its match. My brothers and their Kids have been using stevia in Asia for decades to no ill effect . There is every good reason to switch to Stevia or chemical sweeteners not to mention sugar .

    If youre opposed to processed sweeteners ,grow a Stevia plant in your house or buy the green powered. I do. the only processing is, drying, crushing , bagging. Oh and eating =D .

    A huge part of the worlds economic monopoly was built by and relies of sugar . There is a reason why its took the U.S. 30+ years to allow Stevia on the shelves .

    Do a body Good. Eat less sweets , use Stevia when you have a sweet-tooth. Abolish chem-sweeteners . Next Halloween I wanna see Stevia candies in those kids bags. No more sugar highs and lows.

  2. Kindly let me know where can I buy STEVIA tablets. I am in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.


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