No article on anything is going to be perfect but I put forth Wikipedia on Stevia as something to read. It has references from 2008 and a large number of links some of which are quite old but others from this year. Marsh
That article is rather old - 2000! So, I am trying to find something that is more recent. Apparently there isn't a whole lot of "recent" research, but I think it is because the older results already prove that it is safe in "reasonable" doses (for lack of a better word...). Here is a good article I found:
Let's face it... that article never actually tells you how much stevia they used in the rats which was actually enough to be harmful - to rats. It could have been outrageous amounts. Yet there are lots of studies done in Japan and elsewhere which show stevia to be safe.
I also agree with those that have suggested Agave. It has no aftertaste and is natural. However, it does have calories, so if you're trying to avoid those, then a little stevia might be a better idea.
I'm just saying... Kelley
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I agree w/ MARSHBABE. Using it in a couple cups of coffee/tea a day is fine. The article states "large amounts" but yet it doesn't specify what those large amounts are. I have read (somewhere at sometime) there are daily limits to Sweet-n-low, Splenda, etc. I guess just like everything else, use in moderation.
I will latch on to the part of the article that applies to me, the part about about sweetening a cup of tea with it now and then being okay. A lot of anything is bad for you and this seems to be happening at the same time as all the big push for high fructose corn syrup- big business. Mean while though I'm going to see what else I can find to read about research on stevia though.
I don't use artificial sweeteners myself, but I'd be interested to see who funded this "research". My guess would be big business in the US so they can continue pushing their own cancer-causing artificial sweeteners. I guess it also depends a great deal on whether you trust the FDA; I don't so much. "Safe" in this country is really pretty random, depending on how much money you'll pump in. :)
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Hope you are having a great day. I came across an article on Stevia today that was a little troubling. I noticed that the article was pretty dated so I hope that there is more up-to-date information available.
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