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Haha. Well, I looked after you posted and mine WAS several years old. No problem.


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11/5/08 12:26 P

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Sorry, Marsh - I wasn't referring to YOUR article. It was the original article PCJester posted that I was responding to.

So sorry for the confusion! Stevia is safe and good!

I'm just saying... Kelley


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MARSHBABE's Photo MARSHBABE Posts: 71
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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.
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11/4/08 10:06 P

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I have used Stevia a few times, I noticed an after taste as well. I tried it because it was suggested to be better than Splenda, which I was using.

I have a Diabetic son so I am allways looking for something that is Sugar Free to put in Kool Aid or sprinkle on Oateal. I like Agave Nectar and I do use that once in a while.

I am at a loss as to what you can and can not use anymore. You are told you can use something and a few months later, it's, don't use that anymore.

Can anyone who is an insulin dependant diabetic suggest what sugar free substitutes you use?



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11/4/08 12:37 P

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Oops, my goof. Sorry. I will see if I can repair the damage.
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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:

healing.about.com/cs/uc_directory/a/
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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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MARSHBABE's Photo MARSHBABE Posts: 71
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I am editing out my post by removing the link and text. I don't know how to remove it entirely. Sorry I didn't notice it was a 2000 article.
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Edited by: MARSHBABE at: 11/4/2008 (12:41)
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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.

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MARSHBABE's Photo MARSHBABE Posts: 71
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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.

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11/3/08 4:53 P

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Wow!!! Very interesting reading.
I've never made the switch to stevia as I've always found there was an after taste to it.

Definately some cause for concern after reading that article.

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11/3/08 4:29 P

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Yikes! Was watching a clip with Dr. Oz on Oprah and he suggest Agave Nectar as an artificial sweetener. I have a friend who uses Blue Agave and she loves it.

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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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wow... definitely something to look into further.

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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11/3/08 3:53 P

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Hello everyone!

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.

www.cspinet.org/nah/4_00/stevia.html

Can anyone share their thoughts on this article with me? It kind of makes me second guess my switch to utilizing Stevia as a sweetener.

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