mistress of the mountains
Joined: Feb. 2001
|Posted: Nov. 03 2004,12:30 am
Stevia is available at natural/health food stores, either in liquid form (with either an alcohol or glycerine base), or granulated, or even in it's 'pure' ground leaf form. ¬†Since it's all natural, it can't be patented, but a number of brands have their own proprietary blends of it they've patented. ¬†I use Now® Brand, but I've tried others.
The FDA won't approve it as a natural sweetener even though it has literally hundreds of years of safe, side effect-free use in South America and Asia because the chemical companies that make Splenda, NutraSweet, Sweet 'n' Low, ACE-K, et al, have their hands in the FDA's back pocket, and they'd go broke if a healthy, non-chemical natural sweetener were actually approved on the market!
Yes, Splenda is bad. ¬†*Very* bad. ¬†Splenda is chlorinated sugar. ¬†As if refined sugar weren't bad enough already, yeah, do some magic lab-work and make FrankenSugar! ¬†Great idea! ¬† ¬†And the amount of pre-release testing on it was almost criminal, it was so limited. Just rush that magic sweetener-bullet to the desperate dieting masses!
Here are a couple links...
Or just do a google search for 'sucralose risks', 'splenda risks', 'splenda hazards', sucralose hazards', that sort of thing. ¬†There are a bunch of sites. ¬†I personally had extreme, uh, 'gastrointestinal distress' and it didn't take me long until I figured out it was that toxic crap that was making me sick.
Whereas stevia, on the other hand, as well as its flawless safety record, over hundreds of years of use, has no glycemic index, so it's safe for diabetics as well. ¬†There are a number of websites touting the benefits of it...here're some good general overviews:
Ok, I did admit I'm a fanatic, right? ¬†;)
¬†<--- who, *moi*?