Natural Sweeteners

In this section I will gather all the articles I write about natural sweeteners for diabetics.

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

It seems that finally we can buy and take stevia as it is: a natural sweetener with beneficial properties, not something labeled as a dietary supplement or an additive for the bath (which was required by producers or distributors of stevia so far, since authorities did not allow it to be sold as a sweetener). I just read a story in an spanish online newspaper entitled “The ka’a he’ê is a drug that can fight diabetes and hypertension,” which in fact is an interview with medical researcher Dr. Luis A. Barriocanal Perasso. To date, stevia or ka’a he’ê (its original name) was only allowed for sale as a sweetener in a few countries, while in others like the U.S. and Europe could only be sold as a dietary supplement (many believe that this was due to multinational companies’ that produce artificial sweeteners, who feared for their business). Some institutions allowed […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

That’s the question many people have been asking for quite some time, including myself. For those who do not know what stevia is, here’s a link to an article I wrote about this natural sweetener. Besides being totally natural (unlike the sweeteners we buy in grocery stores which are loaded with chemicals), stevia has a feature that makes it very desirable for diabetics: it sweetens in a higher proportion than sugar but contains no calories, and, as a matter of fact, some studies show that it lowers blood sugar levels. With these qualities you would think that stevia is a very appropriate way to sweeten desserts, yogurts, teas and coffees (whoever likes them). Maybe because of these qualities, it has become a threat to the sugar and artificial sweeteners industry, and without further notice, has vanished from the market. At least in the area where I live, it has been […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2007

The other day I read an interesting article where the authors (medical professionals) explained the benefits of black tea. It seems that drinking black tea may be beneficial for people with diabetes because it stimulates the response to insulin and reduces blood sugar levels, according to researchers from King’s College London. According to these researchers, black tea components stimulate pancreatic cells (responsible for insulin production). Other studies suggest that tea polyphenols may lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure and even protect your bones. So, here we have another ally that can help lower blood sugar levels and improve our overall health (although we shouldn’t forget that water is the best fluid for the body). And of course, when drinking tea, we shouldn’t add sugar or artificial sweeteners. If you don’t like the taste of the tea without sugar or milk, you can always add a little yacon or stevia (natural […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2007

This time I would like to talk about the potential substitute for artificial sweeteners: Stevia. Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni is a plant native to Paraguay, but it can grow in a variety of climates. The sweetener extracted from it is 300 times sweeter than sugar, but since it’s not metabolized, it doesn’t transform into calories in the body. Stevia can be used in several ways: as a tea (with plant leaves), liquid or pouder, each with different properties and tastes. Before being brought to Europe in the nineteenth century by Dr. Bertoni, the plant was commonly known and had been used for centuries by the Guarani Indians (they call it “Kaá-heé” which means “sweet herb”). This plant has excellent properties as sweetener and apparently even medicinal properties as well (for centuries stevia has been used in Paraguay and Brazil for the treatment of diabetes), although the official studies on possible contraindications […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2007

I guess that those of you who are reading this article, or this blog in general, have heard these two names: stevia and aspartame. Since lately I’ve been researching about it, I would like to use this article to write about what I found on the subject. On the one hand we have aspartame, a sweetener massively used in the low calorie industry, Light products, diet … that is the focus point of many critics. In fact, there are already several scientific studies that reveal the dangers of this substance. For example, a study by the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center has confirmed that this artificial sweetener causes cancer and leukemia in rats. Other studies relate aspartame to brain tumors, ovaries, uterus, breast, testicles, thyroid and pancreas, multiple sclerosis, lupus … Why is Aspartame dangerous? When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86°F degrees the alcohol of the aspartame transforms […]

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