We all have heard of the dangers of artificial sweeteners but does that include stevia dangers?
We also know that sugar is in truth a dangerous drug, but what could possibly be wrong with a "natural sweetener"?
What Is Stevia?
Stevia is NOT a SUGAR, and stevia itself
is NOT a DANGEROUS CHEMICAL.
Stevia is actually a plant that is grown commonly in South America. We now we are beginning to see it sprout up in gardens and porch pots around North America as it becomes more popular as an alternative sweetener.
Extracts of the stevia plant are up to 200 times sweeter than sugar! And, with all this sweetness it doesn't even raise blood sugar.
A great alternative for diabetics... or is it?
Stevia has gotten a bad rap since it wasn't until 2008 when the FDA approved the use of compounds from the stevia plant to be used as an alternative sweetener. And that was long after a hard fight for the right to use this LIVING PLANT as an approved sweetener in our food. Kinda Crazy, Huh?
And still today the stevia plant is not approved ~ only the chemically-extracted rebaudioside compounds (the chemical compounds responsible for the sweetness of stevia leaves) that are FDA approved. (You may want to read that again...)
Yep, you've got it... the FDA approved (in my opinion) a toxic, chemically-extracted form of stevia, but Not the whole plant... Stevia dangers?? it seems there is something wrong with this picture!
"FDA has not permitted the use of whole-leaf Stevia or crude Stevia extracts because these substances have not been approved for use as a food additive."
Yet they have approved a toxic-chemically-processed version...
What Is Going On?
The ban on stevia was propagated by the pressure of manufacturers of artificial sweeteners.
You may know these companies, and you may also have been led to believe that these artificial sweeteners are healthy, as they are approved by the FDA...
I'm not so sure that the FDA is too concerned about your health, as much as they are concerned about their pocket book.
Sweet n Low and Equal are both involved in this million dollar industry, and now Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co.
So you see, it wasn't until a major food company got involved that this likely noxious, chemically-derived stevia extract was approved for human consumption.
In 2008 Coca-Cola began to highly process stevia with chemicals to create a sweetener that was then approved by the FDA. This product is called Truvia.
You may have tried Truvia, I have, and I really liked it. That was before I really knew what I was putting in my body. Trivia has 3 ingredients: stevia, erythritol, and natural flavors. Stevia and erythritol are both found in nature, and heck, "natural flavors" sounds pretty natural, right? Think again...
This is a chemical-laden product that I cannot even call a food. Yet is is approved by the FDA.
Truvia goes through 40 different steps to process the extract!
According to the Coca-Cola Patent they use chemicals like acetone, acetonitrile, methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, isopropanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, tert-butanol, and mixtures thereof in these processing steps.
Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens (substances that cause cancer),
and none of those chemicals would I call food!
There really are a few that I recommend as safe and sweet!
Before we get into that...
Some of your alternative-health drinks are using Truvia as the sweetener.
This is where there really are stevia dangers.
Actually, Coca-Cola owns Odwalla (did you think Odwalla was a health drink? I did too, but I am pretty sure that Coca-Cola isn't thinking about your health!) and is sweetening a few of their flavors with it.
Vitamin Water Zero, Blue Sky Free, and Crystal Light are a few that also sweeten with this likely poison.
So... you will want to check out the drink alternatives that I recommend here to avoid stevia dangers. (scroll down to Approved Flex Drinks).
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