Latest sugar substitute on the coffee table
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“Melissa says, "om"”
Since: Apr 08
#1 Feb 12, 2009
Stevia has been available in this country for years, but it was sold as a "food supplement" an not a sweetener.
"U.S. government officials had maintained a ban on stevia since the 1970s because they were not convinced that it wasn't toxic." and yet they've known for years that saccharin causes cancer in lab rats in large doses and that's been on the shelves for a long time. Wouldn't that mean they KNOW it's toxic. Hypocrites. What's the real story behind the previous ban? Manufacturers of artificial sweeteners with money "persuading" the ban?
Anyway, stick with real sugar in small amounts and forgo all of the zero calorie sweeteners. They won't help you lose weight anyway. Of course, stevia could be a good option for diabetics.
Just my two cents.
“Rockin' in the Free World”
Since: Dec 08
#2 Feb 12, 2009
Pass the sugar please !
#4 Feb 13, 2009
Stevia has actually been shown to lower blood sugar in diabetics, so it's actually better than a "good option" for diabetics. I can say that it has helped mine. Having said that, now along with stevia in my coffee and my occasional tea, which I only drink one or two cups a day, I can have an occasional SoBe, which is a pleasant way to get my vitamins since I can't drink orange juice (I really miss it) unless my sugar levels plummet. I still mostly drink water, as should everyone.
The best thing that Americans could do for their health would be to drop the soda can! Period. The carbonation actually leaches the calcium out of your teeth and your bones.
Something to think about.
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