Ever heard of it? TGFC suspects that many people haven’t. It’s been used as a zero-calorie sweetener for many years in other countries, but the US FDA has taken its time on approving it, on the grounds of safety.
Perhaps, it was more a case of the food processing giants not wanting to make a switch from products such as Equal and Splenda?
Coca Cola and Pepsi are ready to include it in some of their drinks, and it’s now been given approval for use.
What is Stevia?
It comes from the Stevia plant. The leaves are naturally sweet, and the products derived from these leaves are highly concentrated.
The jury is still out on what effects existing artificial sweeteners have on the body, and of course there is, of yet, no long-term data available for Stevia.
TFGC’s take on it is still the same, use natural cane sugar, and use as little as possible. Work towards cutting sugars and/or sweeteners from your diet.
Quit drinking soda of all kinds, and drink more water instead. Watch out for restaurant items, and eat fresh and not processed food.