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CAH-RD
Posts: 946
1/7/13 3:43 P

Stevia is "made from a natural plant," but that doesn't mean Stevia itself is natural. And the term "natural" doesn't really mean anything in the food world.

I will agree that I do not believe there are enough studies out there. I also feel that once we have enough time/studies, we will end up finding it unhealthy.

I always say it's your choice, but this is not something that I'd knowingly consume or feed to my family.



DIDS70
Posts: 5,070
1/7/13 1:02 P

Just did a webinar on eating vegan raw and stevia came up. The stuff you buy in the store that is a white powdered stevia is not stevia in its natural form. The liquid extract is probably as close to the real thing that you will get in the grocery store.
The natural stevia is a leaf. It is dehydrated and ground into a powder and the powder is green. A 4oz bag can last you years as you only need like 1/8 of a teaspoon. Many stores sell the plant as well. It is more of a summer time/warm climate plant so I will be planting some in summer. I will dehydrate the leaves and then grind them up into powder.

I am no longer using the white powder I bought from the stores.

I stay away from agave. Too much I have found in research that this is not good and is highly processed.



DGEOGHEGAN
Posts: 447
1/7/13 11:35 A

We use artifical sweetners, though we have cut back. I have a Type 1 Diabetic daughter and it helps us regulate her blood sugars. That's really what it was designed for. I often use it in combination with sugar in cooking as I can still get the sweet but not as much as I would if I used full on sugar.

It works for us and I guess for me that's the best test.



JBEAUFORD
Posts: 342
1/7/13 9:25 A

I am very leary of trying any of these manufactured sweeteners. I stick with real sugar and leave it at that, just in moderation. Sugar is not evil. Just like everything else, if you don't overdo it you should be fine.



-POOKIE-
Posts: 11,848
1/7/13 9:19 A

Just a note that agarve syrup is pretty terrible for you, your body access the sugar SO fast, its a massive fast rush... worse than actual granulated sugar



TONKA14
Posts: 4,947
1/7/13 7:09 A

You might also find this information helpful.

The Science behind Stevia
How Safe is This Trendy Sweetener?
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1273


Coach Tanya



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,810
1/7/13 6:34 A

Stevia
Stevia has no calories, a zero glycemic index (meaning it has no carbs), no artificial ingredients, and no effect on blood sugar. Get Stevia packets online, but make sure it is pure stevia.

Remember just because there is a claim that a product is natural...does not make it so. The all Natural phrase needs to be verified by reading the labels.....

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 1/7/2013 (06:39)


UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
1/7/13 12:08 A

"But since Stevia is natural, it should be okay, right?"

Arsenic is natural. Marijuana is natural. Viper venom is natural.

While your thought on that is clearly flawed, when it comes to this particular product, it does appear to be harmless. Nobody's conducted 20 year studies yet (AFAIK), so if you want long-term results you'll have to wait, but it is a non-harmful substance itself, and since it is a natural product no artificial preservatives are added, so yes it's most likely fine for you.

As for other artificial sweeteners - while there is a LOT of scarelore and fear mongering out there, there is absolutely no scientific evidence whatsoever that any of them are harmful in the doses in which we take them.

The 'safe daily limit' of what's in Diet Coke equates to about 6 litres a day. So if you're having 2 cans a day even, you'd clearly be well under the safe limit and it's perfectly fine, despite some internet scaremongering sites.



GINGERVISTA
Posts: 5,794
1/6/13 11:01 P

I usually use liquid Stevia or packets if I'm going to restaurant (for tea). I use the ones that are just Stevia......not Truvia or PureVia www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrit
ion_news_information/is_stevia_safe

because I don't use artificial sweeteners. Regardless, I use it rarely.



SMALKIN
Posts: 25
1/6/13 10:51 P

Hey everyone!

I keep hearing about Stevia from a lot of different sources. Some say it's good, some say it's dangerous, and some say the jury is still out. I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners-- I don't like putting that many preservatives into my body, and they tend to upset my stomach. But since Stevia is natural, it should be okay, right?

I mostly use agave nectar and molasses to sweeten things these days, but I'd like to cut the calories if I can.

What has been your experience with Stevia? Has it been good or made you feel gross? Do you think it's safe? Thanks for your input!



 
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