currently use any other low-calorie artificial sweeteners, you must buy
some and try this out. Natural and no calorie. What more can you ask
for in a sweetener?
Stevia, being very sweet, is commonly used as a
sugar substitute or a low-calorie
sweetener. It is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
many have consider it to be a safer
alternative to Splenda (sucralose) and Equal/NutraSweet
(aspartame), Sweet One (acesulfame potassium), Sweet'N Low
(saccharin) or Sugar Twin (cyclamate).
much sugar is bad for you. Why use artificial sweetener when you can go
natural? Stevia is the clear choice.
We consider this herb to be the best low-calorie sweetener around. It
a very long history of successful use in many countries.
It has received
the GRAS (generally recognized as
safe) status in the United States after many years of controversy. It
has been used in Japan for over two decades as a sweetener for soft
drinks and cooking.
Blood Sugar Levels / Diabetes
clinical trials show that taking this supplement lowers blood sugar
healthy volunteers without diabetes.
In South America, this supplement is used
to control diabetes. Studies shows that this herb is able to lower
blood sugar levels after a meal by 18%.
Note: A clinical study showed that when used in lower amounts as a
sweetener, there is no effect on blood sugar levels.
Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
This herb is shown to lower blood pressure in those people suffering
from high blood pressure within 1 week of using it.
Note: A clinical study showed that when used as a
sweetener, there is no effect on blood pressure.
and Frequently Asked Questions
What are some historical facts on stevia?
It is used in
Japan as a low-calorie sweetener for over 20 years. The
native South Americans have used this supplement for centuries. It is
to Paraguay but can be found grown in many parts of the world such as
India, South Korea, China, Argentina and Brazil.
after decades of controversy, the FDA in the Unites States agreed that
it's safe and received the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status
in December 2008.
What is the active
contains two active natural compounds, stevioside and
is stevia used for?
supplement is best known for use as a no calorie sweetener. It is
200 to 300
times sweeter than sugar. As it is stable in high temperature, it can
be used in baking and cooking. It is also traditionally used to control
diabetes by South Americans.
there any dangers in using stevia?
In the United
States, stevia received the GRAS (generally recognized as
safe) status for use as a sweetener in December of 2008.
One animal study showed that it decreased sperm production and
the testis weight in rats. However, several current studies did not
show any such effects seen in the original study.
during pregnancy. Is it safe to use?
Safety data of
using this supplement comes from reproductive studies
done in rats and hamsters. Studies lasting 2 years in rats and 6 months
in hamsters showed no risk to their off springs.
One study used
doses that are 80 times higher than what is normally used in humans;
and there was no risk to the off springs of the hamsters. Very high
doses (240 times more than normally used in humans) was toxic and also
reduced the number of and weight of off springs.
There's no study in humans to prove that it is safe to use during
pregnancy. Animal studies show that it is be safe to the
mother and off springs. The amount used as a sweetener in
foods would not be of danger. Even doses used to treat diabetes and
high blood pressure aren't anywhere near as high as those used in
natural remedies (and prescription drugs as well) would probably
never have human reproductive studies done on them. It's too expensive
to carry out and there are huge ethical issues.
Can you have an allergy to
stevia? Is it
answer. Definitely yes. Some people with allergies to similar plants
such as ragweed, daisies, chrysanthemums and many others may also
experience allergic reactions when taking this supplement.
side effects can I expect from using stevia as a sweetener?
effects are generally mild and may include
feeling of fullness, dizziness, muscle pain, numbness and headaches.
Doses used as a sweetener is much lower and side effects are not
can you buy this supplement?
You can buy
it from most health foods stores or from online retailers.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- alcohol abuse
- anti-bacterial effects
- anti-inflammatory effects
- anti-virus benefits
- cancer prevention
- calorie-free sugar substitute
- digestive aid
- weight loss/obesity
The dosage used as a sweetener rare cause any side
effects. Side effects, which are generally mild, include:
you have an allergy to the daisy family of plants (ragweed, marigolds,
chrysanthemums and others), do not take stevia as you may experience
similar allergic reactions.
- Stevia is shown to be quite safe. Dosage normally used as a sweetener
as well as higher dosage has been shown to be safe. The Food and Drugs
Administration (FDA) in the United State has finally given
stevia the GRAS
(generally recognized as safe) status on December, 2008.
- Animal studies have shown stevia to be safe to use during pregnancy.
There is no safety data on human use during pregnancy. Avoid using if
possible or use the smallest amount practical.
Health Condition Interactions
/ Anti-diabetic medications - caution
may cause further drop in
blood sugar levels, although it is not expected to be a cause of
concern. The dose found in foods used as a sweetener is not expected to
cause significant drop in blood sugar. High doses may cause larger
in blood sugar.
Let your healthcare provider know if you are
taking this supplement other than for sweetening foods. Monitor your
levels more frequently when you are starting or stopping stevia until
you are sure it doesn't change much.
Blood Pressure (Hypertension) -
supplement is known to cause small drops in blood pressure in human
clinical trials. The amount in foods as a
sweetener is not expected to affect blood pressure.
your healthcare provider know if you are taking this supplement other
sweetening foods. Monitor your blood pressure more frequently when you
are starting or stopping stevia until you are sure it doesn't change
to Take It
Add enough of the powder or liquid to achieve the desired taste. Note
that this amount is much lower than what is used for lowering blood
pressure or blood sugar levels.
Pressure (Hypertension) - Research studies used
250 to 500
Sugar Levels (Diabetes) - Studies have used 1,000 mg of
taken with the meals to help bring blood sugar levels down faster.
You can buy this supplement from various manufacturers. They can be
found as a
dried leaves, powdered, powder packets, liquid extract, pills or
The following two products that are highly purified and
- Stevia Plus by SweetLeaf
- Nu Stevia by NuNaturals,
- Truvia by The Truvia Company LLC
- PureVia by PureCircle
References for Stevia & Image
of stevia leaf by Ethel Aardvark
September 26, 2009
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