Stevia

Here you will find all the articles on this site about stevia and its use and benefits in diabetes.

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 ❘ 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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