New sweetener not so sweet for your diet

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New sweetener not so sweet for your diet

Postby ice cream on Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:12 am

Is stevia, an extract 300 times more potent than sugar, the no-fat, no-calorie "natural" sweetener that soda and juice lovers have been thirsting for?

Since the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of rebaudioside A (Reb A) as a general purpose sweetener in December, major beverage marketers have been rushing new stevia-infused drinks into stores. Coca-Cola is using the stevia-derived sweetener Truvia in two of its Odwalla juice drinks and in the new Sprite Green. PepsiCo added its version of stevia to Sobe Lifewater drinks and has launched a new Tropicana orange juice, Trop50, containing 50 percent less sugar and calories.

The sweetener, which manufacturers claim is natural because it’s derived from the leaf of a South American shrub, has been used for years as a commercial sweetener in Japan and other Asian countries. It’s too soon to know whether American consumers will lap up its slightly licorice-y flavor, but nutritionists are already weighing in with their own verdict: Stevia is no risk-free holy grail for dieters.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30195885/


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Re: New sweetener not so sweet for your diet

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:49 pm

The Francophone food/grocery show, L'Epicerie, had run a segment on the sweetener, as well as published a two-page article on stevia, back in 2007. The big cola producers had purchased land to grow the plants that stevia comes from.

http://www.radio-canada.ca/actualite/v2/lepicerie/niveau2_liste81_200711.shtml Le steviasegment is at the bottom of the list in the link. It is in French. There is a link for recipes using stevia also.
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Re: New sweetener not so sweet for your diet

Postby burnt fare on Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:57 pm

That name for the sweetener is a mouthful. The cola companies should just call their versions-Acestevia and Betastevia. No confusion then.
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Re: New sweetener not so sweet for your diet

Postby smitty on Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:43 pm

Sort of hope that when sweetner is needed firms will use this new one, for to often to much sugar is added. Well the same when it comes to food products, possibly prepared before being sold, is TO MUCH SALT as well.
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Re: New sweetener not so sweet for your diet

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:09 pm

Valid point about the sugar and salt put into the prepared drinks and food, Smitty. It is almost like the items are prepared for long-distance travel without the customers having access to food storage/coolers on their travel. Not to mention that companies want to ensure the products have some shelf life and won't spoil.

Stevia will raise the price of the colas (plants area grown in Paraguay). Have you seen what a box of the stuff will cost you at the healthy food store? About $10 CDN for about a 200-300g box.
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Re: New sweetener not so sweet for your diet

Postby deja vu on Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:19 pm

Regularly drinking diet soda could impact waist size, say the authors of a study linking calorie-free colas to greater abdominal obesity in adults 65 years of age and older.

The study, which was published in the Journal of American Geriatrics, is among the first to focus on the effect of artificial sweeteners in an aging population. What's more, chronic diet soda consumption could increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which is the co-occurrence of risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/diet-soda- ... -1.2285543

They should throw Ice Tea/Coffee into this one. The amount of sugar they pile into a pitcher of those favorites is beyond ridiculous.

It all comes down to moderation, don't over do it and you wont have an issue. That and regular exercise.
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Re: New sweetener not so sweet for your diet

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:28 pm

Drink cane sugar pop, one or two cans, to get your sweet fix and skip the aftertaste of stevia. One of the older sweeteners (acelfumane?) is said to have an aftertaste as well.

I agree, pop consumers have to have regular exercise. Sitting too much contributes to waistline woes.
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