“Made From” Stevia Controversy

goodfoodcampaignsteviaI’m very leery of the new things being done with Stevia, by Coca Cola and PepsiCo. I’m not sure, yet, how to feel about Rebiana.  It is a recipe.  Recipes can be patented. Patents mean money.  Not Health.

I’ve spent years reading the bans on Stevia.  I think its a joke that Monsanto and NutraSweet had so much clout to blocking Stevia [PDF].  Then, after the ban was lifted, circa 1991, when I really needed to learn how to use it, it was illegal to call it a “sweetener” but only a “food additive” and so it stopped many recipes that I needed.

Stevia is so bad, for us, that people are not dropping dead, from it, in other countries, where it has been legal and openly marketed, for over 25 years.

I have a real problem with the GRAS approval, from the FDA, because money is being thrown into manufacturing and genetically modifying a natural plant.

Truvia? PureVia? Is this just Steviaside?  Or is Rebiana some by-product of Steviaside?  Can we believe what they tell us? Truvia is made by Coke. Purevia is made by Pepsi.

What is Erythritol? Its a sugar alcohol made from Corn.  Mixed with Stevia, it seems to break the bitter after-taste. Hmmm

Coke pushed their idea, before approval, and that seemed okay.. when other manufacturer’s have been stopped, at customs, from entering our country.

Celestial Seasonings, Sara Lee, Lipton, Nestle, and Sunkist are just some of the brand names, we may be familiar with, that have had products seized at American borders, by the FDA, in recent years.

Now, it is OK, by FDA standards and Federal Law, for Coke to bring out SpriteGreen, and some new Odwalla Juices. Pepsi is bringing out Sobe Life Water.  All are sweetened,  with their own version of Stevia/Erythritol. SpriteGreen also contains sugar.

I’ve looked up individual brands.  I’m not comfortable that we are so big on grabbing and running with everything, new.  Everyone seems to be fixated on substituting sugar, instead of modifying, reducing, or eliminating it, from their diets, if they have health concerns, that warrant just that.

We live in a disposable commercialized world.  We seem to not care, anymore, what we put into our mouths or our bodies.

Compare the over-all health around you.. its not getting better..

Consider the word “artificial” when making choices about what you want to consume.

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Chemical is as Chemical does..

Steviol is the basic building block of stevia'...

Today, we are over-bombarded with a slew of chemicals that we call “sugar substitutes.”

“Sugar Substitutes” are toted as big serendipity inventions.

Acesulfame Potassium, Aspartame, Sucralose, Saccharin, Neotame (made by NutraSweet) and Cyclamate, are better known, to some of us, as:

  • Sunnet
  • Sweet One
  • Equal
  • NutraSweet
  • Canderel
  • E951
  • Splenda
  • Altern
  • Sucraplus
  • E955
  • Benzoic Sulfinide
  • E954
  • INS 961

and are made, in processes, that include:

  • sulfonation
  • sulfamic acid
  • sulfur trioxide
  • anthranilic acid
  • nitrous acid
  • sulfur dioxide
  • chlorine
  • ammonia

and break down into substances such as:

  • aspartic acid
  • phenylalanine
  • methanol
  • formaldehyde
  • formic acid
  • diktopiperazine

What does all of this mean?  It means that chemical substitutes have a recipe.  They must have a recipe to be patented.  They are only important to manufacturer’s because they are profitable.

They make them money.

Did you know that Splenda is Chlorinated Sugar?  Does that make you want to eat more of it?

Stevia is a plant, that grows in the ground.  Stevia has been blocked and banned, from the US, by the FDA, for many different reasons, in the past.  Now that companies are making a recipe, with it, it has been approved.

This is very concerning.

Manufacturer’s of other sugar-substitutes, at risk of losing their own fortunes, fought against the approval of Stevia.  Stevia, as itself, can not be patented.

Rebianna is a recipe.  It is a sugar-substitute that is made from Stevia.  Please keep in mind that Sucralose is made from Sugar, when you consider if this is a good thing or not.

Moderation is best.  Balance is best.  “Real Natural,” in “as whole of a product, as possible,” is best.

The only real fortune to the invention of chemical sweeteners is the money that is made!

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Do You Have To Drink So Much?

Haier Combo Water Dispenser with Refrigerator
No not beer. Soda.

15 billion gallons a year are consumed each year in the United States alone. Did you know that drinking just one can of soda a day can add more than a pound of weight every month. That’s mainly because that one can can have the equivalent of over a dozen spoonfuls of sugar (usually High Fructose Corn Syrup).

Ok, so you’ll drink diet soda instead? The jury is still out on that one. All those artificial sweeteners taken over time aren’t necessarily much better than the sugar either.

Even done the experiment of putting a small piece of meat into a glass of soda overnight, and seeing it dissolve? It does the same to your teeth enamel too.

It could also help to bring on kidney stones, and liver damage – thought to be the sodium benzoate in it.

It can lead to caffeine addiction, and it’s not goo for the stomach as it’s quite acidic, and can damage the lining of the stomach.

Oh one last thing, a can a day habit will cost you over $100 a year. So if there are 4 in your house drinking 3 cans a day, that’s over a grand a year, plus the health risks above.

TGFC recommends you make sure you drink your eight recommended 8 ounce glasses of water each day. It won’t do any harm to your health or your wallet!