Do You Use Stevia? You Need To Know This!
A few years ago I went on a diet where I could not have sugar for a few months. It was hard at first but after doing some research I found a "healthy" and calorie free alternative which was Stevia.
So not knowing any better I started buying Stevia from my local grocery store and have been using it in my coffee for the past 2 years now.
Today while looking on Google for some cool infographics to share on my Living Healthy Facebook Fanpage I stumbled upon some rather shocking information and that is the reason for writing this article today.
So What Is Stevia?
Just in case you have never heard of Stevia I'll briefly explain to you what it is.
Stevia is an herb that is 50 to 450 x sweeter then sugar. Because it's a herb it is all natural and safe alternative to sugar and nasty "aspartame" filled artificial sweeteners.
It is safe for diabetics because it does not increase blood sugar and is a great choice to live a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy something sweet!
How it is used
Stevia can replace sugar in anything such as baking and sweetening drinks such as coffee and tea.
What You Need To Know
By doing a little research I quickly discovered the evil side to stevia.
In this world there really seems to be an evil side to everything. The evil side to a great herb know as stevia are some of the companies producing it.
Truvia sweetener (which is the brand I WAS buying) is made from about 99.5% erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and 0.5% rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant (but not at all the same thing as stevia).
A shocking new study published in the journal PLOS ONE (1) has found that Truvia, an alternative sweetener manufactured by food giant Cargill, is a potent insecticide that kills fruit flies which consume it.
The study is titled, Erythritol, a Non-Nutritive Sugar Alcohol Sweetener and the Main Component of Truvia, Is a Palatable Ingested Insecticide.
The study found that while fruit flies normally live between 39 and 51 days, those that ate the Truvia ingredient erythritol died in less than a week.
Erythritol is often indirectly derived from genetically modified corn, by the way.
Cargill was forced to settle a class action lawsuit last year (2) for labeling Truvia “natural” when it’s actually made from a fermentation process whereby yeast are fed GM corn maltodextrin. Via: LiveFreeNatural.com
The Bottom Line In Plain English!
The American Academy for Environmental Medicine are urging physicians to warn their patients to stay away from all genetically modified foods because of many serious health risks such that include;
- immune system dysregulation
- accelerated aging
- faulty insulin regulation
There are 2 processing methods used to extract glycosides which is the sweet compunds found in the Stevia leaf.
1. The heathiest process starts with non-GMO Stevia leaves and only uses cold water for the extraction process.
2. The non healthy process uses GMO Stevia leaves and uses chemicals such as acetone, acetonitrile, methanol, ethanol and isopropanol for extraction.
Number 2 process of extraction is actually patented by Coca-Cola and deemed a safe “sweetener” by the FDA.
Seriously!!!!! How can something that has been genetically altered and has used chemicals during the extraction process be safe for consumption???
Just because a product is FDA approved does not mean that it is safe for us. (This is MY opinion only from some of the research I have been doing)
What I Suggest
I want to urge you to do your own research while looking for a good Stevia brand.
Ways that you can do your own research is by contacting the manufacturer and asking questions.
Here are some top questions to ask:
- Where are the Stevia leafs grown?
- Are pesticides sprayed on them?
- What process is used to extract the glycosides?
- Do they use chemicals or water during extraction?
- Are the plants GMO or Non GMO?
You can also check out the label in your local grocery store or health food store.
Stay away from Stevia products that contain:
Ingredient Lables From Pur Via, Truvia and Stevia In The Raw
Look for the Non-GMO pic
What Brands Are "Safe"
By no means am I an expert however through some of my research I have found some brands that are NOT genetically modified and have NOT used chemicals during the extraction process.
These brands use NON-GMO Stevia leaf and only cold water during extraction.
These brands include;
You should be able to purchase these products from your local health food supplier or you could purchase them online for a much cheaper price on Amazon.
Liquid drops come in different flavors that include vanilla, toffee and hazelnut or you can just purchase flavorless.
For baking you can use the powdered form.
Liquid Used To Sweeten Beverages
I prefer to use packets and after finishing this article I will be purchasing the ones below from Amazon.
I feel that is a great price for 70 packets of a non-gmo Stevia considering I was buying Truvia at my grocery store for 4.99 for 40 packets.
Easy On The Go Packets
Powder Form For Baking or Sweeten Beverages
If You Enjoy Gardening You Can Grow Your Own Stevia
Was This Helpful?
Whatever I learn I like to share with others. When I found out that I had been fooled yet again by a major food company that manufactures Truvia I had to blow the whistle!
So I hope that this article was helpful for you and brought some awareness.
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