Stevia Extract Powder - 1 oz.
Stevia is a remarkable plant, many times sweeter than sugar with virtually no calories. In parts of South America , it has been used for hundreds of years to safely sweeten and flavor beverages. In Japan , stevia has been used by millions of people for those purposes for over 25 years.
But in the United States the stevia issue has not been that simple. If it's unknown to you, perhaps that's because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has maneuvered to keep stevia products off the U.S. market despite efforts by the Lipton Tea Company and the American Herbal Products Association to have the FDA acknowledge stevia to be GRAS (generally recognized as safe).
The stevia tale in the U.S. is one of FDA raids and mysterious trade complaints, searches, seizures, and border blockades. Until 1995, when the passage of the Dietary Supplement, Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was passed, there was an "import alert" that in effect blocked all stevia from entering the country.
Although not approved in the U.S. as a sweetening agent, stevia can now be sold as a dietary supplement, and even though it's still the same sweet herb, the revised import alert prohibits any mention of sweetness on the label.
- Pleasant Tasting Herb
- Non-Bitter Aftertaste
- Vegetarian Product
- Safe for Diabetic's Safe
- Natural Dietary Supplement
- Low Caloric Value, Zero Carbs per Serving
- Doesn't Affect Blood Sugar Levels
- Won't Promote Tooth Decay
- All-Natural Herbal Product
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Q) Is Stevia safe?
A) See chapter 6 for a detailed
discussion. In general, Stevia is an all-natural herbal product with centuries
of safe usage by native Indians in Paraguay. It has been thoroughly tested in
dozens of tests around the world and found to be completely non-toxic. It has
also been consumed safely in massive quantities (Thousands of tons annually)
for the past twenty years. Although one group of studies, perform 1985 through
1987, found one of the metabolizes of steviosides, called Steviol, to be
mutagenic towards a particular strain of Salmonella bacteria, there is serious
doubt as to whether this study is applicable to human metabolism of Stevia. In
fact, the methodology used to measure the mutagenicity in this test was flawed
according to a follow-up piece of research which also seriously questioned the
validity of the results. For myself, I intend to use the product with both
confidence in nature and respect for the healthy moderation and balance which
nature teaches us.
Q) Can Stevia replace sugar in the
A) Yes. Refined sugar is virtually
devoid of nutritional benefits and, at best, represents empty calories in the
diet. At worst, it has been implicated in numerous degenerative diseases.
Stevia is much sweeter than sugar and has none of sugar's unhealthy drawbacks.
Q) How sweet is Stevia?
A) The crude Stevia leaves and
herbal powder (green) are reported to be 10-15 times sweeter than table sugar.
The refined extracts of Stevia called steviosides (a white powder, 85-95%
Steviosides) claim to be 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar. My experience is
that the herbal powder is very sweet while the refined extract is incredibly
sweet and needs to be diluted to be properly used. Both products have a slight
bitter aftertaste, also characteristic of licorice.
Q) Can Stevia replace artificial
sweeteners in the diet?
A) Yes! I do not believe that humans
should consume anything artificial in their diets. Stevia offers a safe,
all-natural, alternative to these "toxic time-bombs." And industrial
usage in Japan proves that this substitution is both practical and economical.
Q) How many calories are in Stevia?
A) Virtually none. And the refined
Stevia extracts are considered to be non-caloric.
Q) Will Stevia raise my blood sugar
A) Not at all. In fact, according to
some research, it may actually lower blood sugar levels. However, this research
has yet to be confirmed and contradictory results make any conclusions
Q) Can I use Stevia if I am
A) Diabetes is a medical condition
which should be monitored and treated by a qualified physician or health care
practitioner. However, Stevia can be a part of a healthy diet for anyone with
blood sugar problems since it does not raise blood sugar levels. If in doubt,
ask your doctor. However, if they do say no, ask them politely for the current
research to support their opinion.
Q) Can I combine Stevia with other
A) Most certainly. However,
sweeteners in general should be used in moderation in a balanced healthy diet.
And refined and artificial sweeteners should be avoided altogether.
Q) Will Stevia harm my teeth?
A) Apparently not. Two tests
conducted by Purdue University's Dental Science Research Group have concluded
that Stevioside is both fluoride compatible and "significantly"
inhibits the development of plaque, thus Stevia may actually help to prevent
Q) Can Stevia be used in cooking and
A) Absolutely! Industrial research
in Japan has shown that Stevia and Stevioside extracts are extremely heat
stable in a variety of everyday cooking and baking situations.
Q) Does Stevia contain vitamins and
A) Raw herbal Stevia contains nearly
one hundred identified phytonutrients and volatile oils, including trace
amounts of Rutin (from the Callus) and B-Sitosterol (from the leaves). However,
in the quantities typically consumed, the nutritive benefits will be
negligible. The extracts of Stevia, being more refined, will contain far fewer
of these phytonutrients and volatile oils.
What others are saying about Stevia:
only non-toxic, it also has several traditional medicinal uses. The Indian
tribes of South America have used it as a digestive aid and have also applied
it topically for years to help wound healing. Recent clinical studies have
shown it can increase glucose tolerance and decrease blood sugar levels. Of the
two sweeteners (aspartame and stevia), stevia wins hands down for safety."
Dr. Whitaker's Newsletter, December 1994
has virtually no calories. It dissolves easily in water and mixes well with all
other sweeteners...I use it myself..."
Dr. Robert C. Atkins, MD, author of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution:
almost impossible to imagine that some of the earliest known stevia plants were
once heavily guarded by tribes of South American Indians. Impossible, that is,
until you know the story. Yes, stevia has an interesting history. In light of
its secrecy, the Guarani Indians must have, at the very least assumed that the leaves of this odd plant
held some significant value.
foreshadowing the true measure of that significance would have been impossible
at the time. Our story begins in the heart of South America during the mid
1800's - a time when the Guarani natives knew said perennial only as
“kaa-he-he”. Their applications were simple, and many remain popular today. It
was initially used in their unique medicinal potions, as well as a tea-like
drink known as bitter mate´. Many chewed the dried leaves simply to acquire the
unique, refreshing taste.
native use became more common, it didn't take long for surrounding regions to
catch on. Paraguay took an immediate shine to kaa-he-he. They were quick to
document it, stating that the Guarani were using it in teas, foods and a number
of other concoctions. Over 200 years later, these early documents are still
preserved in the Paraguayan National Archives in Asuncion , Paraguay . Sadly,
neither the Guarani natives nor the Paraguayan historians who documented it
would be credited for introducing it to mainstream society. Instead, that honor
would go to an Italian botanist by the name of Moises Santiago Bertoni in 1905.
After an exhaustive quest to obtain the plant, one was sent to him by a priest
from the village of San Pedro . Within just one year, he had completed his
research, given it a name ( Stevia
Rebaudiana Bertoni ) and
published his findings. Word spread like wildfire. Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni
went from “little known plant” to mainstream sensation almost overnight.
Would-be growers determined that dangerous expeditions through primitive
regions of South America were no longer necessary. Stevia could be easily
cultivated, provided that they could mimic the moist, sweltering climate needed
to do so. And they did just that. In 1908, nearly one ton of dried stevia was
harvested, thus providing the economic nudge needed to jumpstart the stevia
1921, American trade Commissioner George Brady presented this information to
the USDA, referring to it as a “new plant with great possibilities”. As it
turns out, America was not impressed, and put research on the backburner.
France saw things differently. In 1931 two chemists were successful in
extracting the white, crystalline compounds that make stevia so unique.
Ultimately, the decision was made to name these compounds steviosides . And while the findings were of
great economic and scientific importance, many were left unsure as to what role
steviosides could play in the lives of everyday individuals.
the 1960's while America was engulfed in free love, political unrest and lunar
landings, Japan was dealing with a government-enforced ban on the use of
chemicals in food products. Word of these synthetic-free steviosides gave them
new hope for some of their most popular foods and beverages. Their research was
intense, as was their belief in the potential of what steviosides held for the
future. By 1990, Japan accounted for over 40% of worldwide stevia use. Today,
it is used on an enormous commercial level, and sales continue to escalate.
its unquestionable safety and moderate US success, stevia was banned by the FDA
in 1991. Just three years later, this ban was lifted when congress passed the
Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DHSEA). This made it possible to
import Stevia as a dietary supplement. Interestingly, the study used to
originally support the temporary ban was later found to be severely flawed. Any
way you look at it, Stevia is nothing short of a botanical phenomenon. Its use dates
back hundreds of years without any documented adverse reactions.
of extensive research have proven that it's absolutely safe and free of
dangerous chemicals. In fact, raw Stevia, in its natural state, contains over
from being one of the safest natural compounds on the planet, Stevia just makes
healthy sense. Even in massive amounts, it remains non-toxic, has next to no
calories and doesn't promote tooth decay. With its non-bitter aftertaste, even
kitchens from every corner of the globe are beginning to discover what a
wonderful supplement stevia can truly be.
it today and see why it is the right choice! LifeSource Vitamins - Stevia Extract Powder 1 oz. 622
Servings, Stevia, many times sweeter than sugar with virtually no
calories. Pleasant Tasting Herb,
Non-Bitter Aftertaste, Vegetarian Product, Safe for Diabetics, Doesn't Affect
Blood Sugar Levels.
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