Stevia is a sweet alternative to sugar

From: System 1 Nov 2015 06:46
To: ALL1 of 6
I'm sure you've heard all the warnings about having too much sugar in your diet. Sugar substitutes could be even more dangerous. I've been using a natural sweetener for years, Stevia. It may take a little while to get used to a slightly different taste, but the health benefits far outweigh that.

It not only is much healthier for you than sugar, it has many health benefits that make it an even wiser choice. It helps your dental health, actually making your gums stronger and doesn't have the bad effect that sugar has on your teeth.

Somehow, I didn't copy over my big thread on Stevia when we made the move to this new server. Now I have to try to recreate what I posted before, along with finding the pictures I took of my stevia plants when I grew them from seed around 7 years ago. I still have one plant that I have turned into a house plant that was at my office for all those years.

http://authoritynutrition.com/stevia/

Stevia – A Natural Sweetener With Proven Health Benefits

April 24, 2014 | by Kris Gunnars



People are looking for healthy alternatives to sugar.

There are many low-calorie sweeteners on the market, but most of them are artificial.

However, there are a few natural sweeteners out there that taste just as good.

The most popular of these is stevia, a sweetener that has become immensely popular in recent years.

Stevia is a 100% natural, zero calorie sweetener with a number of health benefits that have been confirmed in human studies.

What is Stevia?

Stevia is a green, leafy plant that is native to South America.

It has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. The plant has also been bred for its strong, sweet flavor and used as a sweetener.

However, the refined stevia sweeteners used today often don’t resemble the whole stevia plant at all.

You can buy whole or crushed stevia leaves, but most often you are getting an extract (either liquid or powder), or a refined version of the plant’s isolated sweet compounds.

The two major sweet compounds that are isolated from the stevia leaves are called Stevioside and Rebaudioside A.

These two compounds are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. Stevioside has more of an aftertaste than Rebaudioside.

Here is an important point… most of the studies use stevioside, the isolated sweet compound. It would be hard to reach pharmacologically active doses of stevioside just by using stevia as a sweetener. Stevia is about 10% stevioside, by weight.

People often confuse stevia with another sweetener called Truvia, but they are not the same. Truvia is a blend of compounds, one of which is extracted from stevia leaves.

Bottom line: Stevia is a naturally occurring, zero-calorie sweetener. The two major sweet compounds in stevia are called Stevioside and Rebaudioside A.

Studies Show That Stevia Can Lower Blood Pressure

Stevia Plant in a Pot

Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for many serious diseases.

This includes heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.

Studies have shown that taking stevioside (one of stevia’s sweet compounds) as a supplement can reduce blood pressure.

One of these studies was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 174 Chinese patients (1).

In this study, patients took either 500 mg of stevioside or placebo (dummy pill), 3 times per day.

These were the results after two years in the group taking stevioside:

  • Systolic blood pressure: went from 150 to 140 mmHg.
  • Diastolic blood pressure: went from 95 down to 89 mmHg.

In this study, the stevioside group also had a lower risk of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy, an enlarging of the heart that can be caused by elevated blood pressure. The stevioside group also had improved quality of life.

There are also other studies in both humans and animals showing that stevioside can lower blood pressure (2, 3, 4).

The mechanism is not well understood, but some researchers have suggested that stevioside may act by blocking calcium ion channels in cell membranes, a mechanism similar to some blood pressure lowering drugs (5).

Keep in mind that it would be hard to reach these large daily doses with regular use, so just sweetening things with a little stevia here and there probably won’t have such a potent blood pressure lowering effect.

Bottom line: Studies suggest that stevioside, one of the sweet compounds in stevia, can lower blood pressure when it is unnaturally high. However, these studies used very large doses.

Stevia May Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Help Fight Diabetes

Measure Blood Sugar

Type II diabetes is currently one of the biggest health problems in the world.

It is characterized by elevated blood sugar in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.

Stevia has been studied in diabetic patients with impressive results.

In one of the studies, type 2 diabetic patients took either 1 gram of stevioside with a meal, or 1 gram of maize starch.

The group taking stevioside had a reduction in blood sugar by about 18% (6).

Another study compared sucrose (regular sugar), aspartame and stevia. It found that stevia lowered both blood sugar and insulin levels after a meal, compared to the other two sweeteners (7).

Other studies in animals and test tubes have shown that stevioside may increase production of insulin, as well as make the cells more sensitive to its effects (8, 9).

Insulin is the hormone that drives blood sugar into cells, so this appears to be the mechanism behind stevia’s blood sugar lowering effects.

Bottom line: Stevioside appears to improve function of the hormone insulin, helping to lower blood sugar levels. This may be useful for people with type 2 diabetes.

Stevia Has Shown Health benefits in a Number of Animal Studies

Stevia Plant

Stevia has also been tested in animals.

One animal study found that stevioside decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol, indicating that it may help prevent heart disease (10).

Stevia has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, diuretic and immunomodulatory effects (11).

But definitely take all of this with a grain of salt. What works in rats doesn’t always work in humans.

Bottom line: The active compounds in stevia have led to numerous health benefits in animal studies, including reduced oxidized LDL cholesterol.

Is Stevia Safe?

Judging from two review studies published in 2010, stevia has not been shown to lead to any adverse effect on health (12, 13).

Man Putting Stevia Drops in Tea

However, there have been some claims out there about stevia having a similar structure to hormones that can interfere with fertility.

Those claims are based on studies on animals that were given extremely high doses of stevia extract, so it is unlikely that this is applicable to humans (14, 15, 16).

Bottom line: Overall, stevia has an outstanding safety profile and no adverse effects have been reported in the human studies.

Which Stevia Should You Buy?

Dried Leaf Stevia

There are many different types of stevia. The problem is that some of them taste bad.

Therefore, getting the right kind of stevia is absolutely essential.

You can buy stevia in powder and liquid form. Some people prefer the powder over liquid and claim that it has less aftertaste.

Note that the liquid types of stevia often have alcohol added to them, which might contribute to the bad taste.

Keep in mind that manufacturers often add other ingredients to their stevia-based products, so make sure to read the ingredients list!

How to Use Stevia

Different Forms of Stevia

Stevia can be used in many ways.

You can add it to your smoothie, yogurt, tea, coffee and other beverages. It is also a good sugar substitute for baking.

Since you can buy stevia in liquid and powder form, it’s more convenient to use the liquid form for beverages and the powder for baking.

When it comes to baking with stevia, many people mix it with erythritol, another natural low-calorie sweetener that is much bulkier.

When using stevia in recipes, keep in mind that about 1/2-1 teaspoon of stevia extract is claimed to have equivalent sweetening power to 1 cup of sugar, but this can vary between different brands.

 

From: System 1 Nov 2015 06:47
To: ALL2 of 6
I am surprised how long my stevia plant has survived since it was first planted outdoors around 6 or 7 years ago. It has been in my downtown office, near a window and has thrived. Once in a while, for an added organic treat, I would snip off a sweet leaf and munch on it. It was a sweet treat.

Here are some pictures I took of my stevia plants when I first grew them outdoors...


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From: System 1 Nov 2015 06:48
To: ALL3 of 6
Here's another article about the health benefits of stevia and how it is wise to switch over to the natural sweet life of stevia...


http://www.homeremediesweb.com/stevia-health-benefits.php

Stevia Health Benefits

By Jawairia Zafar |


 Stevia is a small shrub like perennial plant which belongs to the sunflower (Asteraceae) family. It is also known as Eupatorium rebaudianum, sweetleaf, honeyleaf and sugarleaf, and sweet herb of Paraguay. The leaves of Stevia are a source of natural zero-calorie sweetener which is considered sweeter than sugar (sucrose). It has been used in South and Central America , Japan and many other parts of the world as a sugar substitute and in the treatment of a number of health conditions for centuries. Initially the leaves of Stevia were consumed fresh or dried but eventually chemists isolated the glycosides called stevioside and rebaudioside from its leaves that give stevia its sweet taste. Stevia also contains phytonutrients, trace elements, minerals, vitamins and volatile oils which give Stevia its nutritional and medicinal properties. In 2008, FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) approved sweetener derived from the herb stevia as safe for use in foods and beverages. The steviols glycosides are now used in herbal supplements, foods and beverages, and as sweetening powders and syrups. Unlike other sweeteners, Stevia can be used in baking and cooking and its lesser amount is ample.

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What are the Benefits of Stevia?

A number of studies show that Stevia can be beneficial in the treatment of many health conditions. Stevia is believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-glycemic, and anti-hypertensive properties which may help with hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, chronic fatigue, indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn, weight loss, cold and flu, gingivitis, tooth decay, cavities, dandruff and hair loss, brittle bones or osteoporosis, streptococcus, candidiasis, bacterial infections and skin conditions such as cuts, wounds, rashes, itchiness, blemishes, acne, seborrhoeic dermatitis, dermatitis, eczema, and wrinkles. It may also improve energy levels, strengthen immune system, stimulate mental activity, and may also help in withdrawl from tobacco and alcohol addiction.

Uses of Stevia

Dandruff and Hair Health


Stevia concentrate is believed to be beneficial for dandruff, dry scalp, and dull, dry and thin hair. People have noticed stronger, dandruff-free and rejuvenated hair after the regular use of Stevia. Simply mix 3-4 drops of Stevia concentrate into your regular shampoo and wash as normal. Also, after shampooing, using stevia tea as a conditioner and rinsing it out after 5 minutes can help retain natural hair colour and strength.

Diabetes

Studies and researches show that Stevia may stabilize blood sugar levels, increase insulin resistance, may even promote insulin production by promoting the pancreas health, discourage glucose absorption in the blood, and inhibit candidiasis - a yeast infection that flourish with sugar. Stevia is a great low carb, low sugar and low calorie sugar alternative and the steviol glycosides are not metabolized by the body and are excreted in the urine without getting accumulated in the body. A Study also suggests that Stevia may inhibit the craving for sweet and oily or fatty foods. Drinking tea made with crushed raw Stevia leaves, or with its extract or tea bags two to three times daily may help with hyperglycemia. To make Stevia tea, heat - not boil one cup of water and let a tea bag or 1teaspoon of its leaves steep in it for 5 -7 minutes. Drink it hot or cold. Or 3-4 drops of Stevia extract can be added to warm or cold cup of water. Also stevia can be used as a natural alternative to any other artificial sweetener being used.

Gingivitis

Study shows that antibacterial properties of Stevia may help with gingivitis, cavities, tooth decay and mouth sores. It may suppress the development and reproduction of infectious organisms in the gums and teeth, inhibit the growth of plaque and may improve overall oral health. People who have used Stevia as a mouthwash has reported significant decrease in gingivitis and other mouth infections. Simply gargling with Stevia mouthwash and brushing with Stevia added toothpaste may be beneficial. To make Stevia mouthwash, add 3-4 drops of Stevia extract in half a cup of lukewarm water or steep half a cup of tea with its leaves or teabag and gargle three to four times daily especially in the morning and at night. For toothpaste, mix 2 drops of Stevia extract to the regular toothpaste.

Heartburn and Indigestion

People in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia have been using Stevia tea to soothe upset stomach, heartburn, and to improve indigestion and gastrointestinal function. Drinking Stevia tea after every meal may serve as a digestive aid and relieve heartburn and stomach pain.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

A few longer term studies done over a period of 1 and 2 years show that stevia may lower elevated blood pressure levels. Simply drinking Stevia tea twice daily may help stabilize the blood pressure levels.

Osteoporosis

A study performed on chickens shows that by adding Stevia leaf powder to chicken feed it significantly increased calcium metabolism in the chickens and had 75% decreased eggshell breakage. A patent application for possible Osteoporosis treatment with Stevia suggests that stevia may help promote absorption of calcium in the body and help improve bone density. Suggested remedy is to make Alfalfa and stevia tea by steeping Alfalfa herb and Stevia half teaspoon each for 5-7 minutes. Drink it two to three times daily. Adding vitamin D powder to the tea or taking its supplements can be beneficial too.

Weight Loss

Recent medical research suggests that low at carbohydrates, calories and sugar Stevia may be beneficial in weight management. One preliminary research suggests that Stevia may interfere with the functions of hypothalamus and may aid weight loss by curbing the hunger sensation. Hypothalamus is a part of the brain which controls hunger, thirst and fatigue along with its other functions. Anti-glycemic activity of Stevia may also control blood glucose levels which is one of the major causes of weight gain. Stevia works as a tonic to increase energy levels in people battling for weight loss. Suggested remedy is to drink one cup of Stevia tea or mix 10-15 drops of Stevia concentrate in one cup of cold or warm water. Drink it 15 minutes before every meal.
Wrinkles and Other Skin Conditions

Stevia is believed to be a remarkable healing agent for skin disorders. Its antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic activity may help with wrinkles, skin blemishes, dermatitis, eczema, acne outbreaks, scarring, rashes, itchiness and chapped lips. A small amount of Stevia concentrate applied directly onto the affected skin may promote the healing process. To smooth out the wrinkles, before going to bed, apply a paste made by crushed Stevia leaves or its liquid concentrate evenly all over the face and let it dry for fifteen to twenty minutes. Wash and pat dry your face and apply a few drops of extra virgin coconut oil on the face and leave it on over night to benefit from its antioxidant effects.
What are the Side Effects of Stevia?

There are not any reported side effects of Stevia when taken in moderation. Based on intensive global researches and scientific reports, The World Health Organisation (WHO) of the UN and Food and Drug Administration of the US had approved the use of Steviol glycosides as safe and has established an acceptable daily intake of 4mg per kg of body weight. However, if you are taking any medication for diabetes or hypertension, due to its anti-glycemic and anti-hypertensive activity supervised Stevia consumption is advised. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your physician before using Stevia therapeutically.

Where and How to Buy Stevia

Stevia is available at organic grocery and herbal food stores in the form of raw dried leaves, white or green powder, sugar tabs, granulated or crystalline sugar, concentrate, and flavoured and nonflavourd liquids. When buying Stevia look for Stevia rebaudiana because it is considered the best type and the FDA approved steviol glycosides are extracted from this genus in the whole Stevia family.

 
From: System 1 Nov 2015 06:49
To: ALL4 of 6
Of course, when I did a search on the Natural News site, there were plenty of articles. Here's the most recent...

http://www.naturalnews.com/045147_Stevia_Sweetener_Diabetes.html

Embrace the use of stevia as your sweetener

Friday, May 16, 2014 by: Reuben Chow


(NaturalNews) Stevia is a natural sweetener extracted from the stevia rebaudiana plant. This plant grows in Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, Korea, China and Thailand. The Guarani Indians in Paraguay have, for centuries, used stevia leaves to sweeten teas and healing potions. They have also chewed it just for pleasure. In the 1970s, stevia, also called sweet leaf, became popular as a sweetener and ingredient in food products in Japan.

Stevia contains a molecule called stevioside, which is 300 times sweeter than sucrose. Yet, stevia has almost no calories -- only about one calorie per ten leaves, which makes stevia an excellent sweetener.
 
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There are a number of situations in which stevia can be especially useful.

Diabetes

Stevia is an herbal sweetener that helps stabilize blood sugar levels without using insulin. Preliminary studies in animals have also found that stevia helps lower blood pressure and blood glucose levels. These effects are highly beneficial for individuals with diabetes.

According to Mark Stengler, N.D., his diabetic patients have reported that stevia did not negatively affect their blood sugar readings. He added evidence exists to suggest that "stevia can reduce blood-sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes."

Hypertension

Preliminary research has shown that stevia helps to lower blood pressure in individuals suffering from hypertension.

Weight loss or maintenance

As stevia is low in calories, it is ideal for individuals who wish to lose weight, overcome obesity or simply limit their calorie intake.

Tooth cavities and decay

According to Stengler, stevia is a better sweetening substance to use than sugar if one wishes to prevent cavities. In addition, James Duke, Ph.D. also recommends stevia for those dealing with tooth decay.

Yeast infections

In addition, Duke has stated that stevia is useful for individuals attempting to prevent or fight off recurrent yeast infections since sugar feeds the yeast.

Using stevia

Stevia is generally available in powder, liquid and tablet forms. Dosages vary depending on the potency of the specific product, although to sweeten eight ounces of a beverage, one tablet, three to five drops of liquid or a pinch of powder could be enough. Stevia is also used as an ingredient in cooking.

According to Michael Murray, Joseph Pizzorno and Lara Pizzorno in their book stevia is the "top choice for a noncalorie sweetener" and can be used liberally.
Stevia has an excellent safety profile and its use has not been found to have any significant adverse effects.
From: System 1 Nov 2015 06:51
To: ALL5 of 6
Stevia has a long history of being used by native cultures and around the world. In the United States, however, the sugar industry, teaming with the FDA, has tried to forbid Americans from switching over to stevia. Like the cancer and Big Pharm industries (along with the GMO producers), a war was staged by the FDA to prohibit its use. Slowly, it has made its way on the store shelves in health food stores and soon will be the alternative sweetener in diet sodas, like it is in most of the world. The FDA is losing it's war, not only with labeling of GMOs on food products, but in making Stevia illegal.

Here's a 2008 article from Mike Adams about the benefits of stevia and the FDA war and raids on stores that sold stevia...

http://www.naturalnews.com/023728_stevia_sweetener_FDA.html

Natural Sweetener Stevia Loaded With Antioxidants; Protects Against DNA Damage

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger


(NaturalNews) Extracts from the leaf of the Stevia plant have been found to be high in antioxidants that prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer, according to a new Indian study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. "These results indicate that Stevia rebaudiana may be useful as a potential source of natural antioxidants," said lead author Srijani Ghanta, of the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kolkata.

This is good news for stevia, the natural sweetener that has been suppressed for decades by the FDA, but which is now about to go mainstream thanks to interest from Coca-Cola and Cargill.

Stevia rebaudiana is a South American shrub that grows in semi-arid areas of Brazil and Paraguay. The leaves of the plant have been used for generations as a sweetener, originally by the Guarani people and more recently throughout South America and Asia. A campaign of intimidation against stevia companies by the FDA has so far prevented the sweetener from being approved for use in foods in the United States or Europe, but it is currently sold as a supplement and has gained mainstream acceptance as a safe, natural, calorie-free sweetener.

The FDA, of course, suppressed stevia as a way to propel the sales of aspartame, the artificial chemical sweetener that was pushed through FDA approval by none other than Donald Rumsfeld. Aspartame has never been shown to be safe for human consumption in any honest studies.

Stevia as a powerful antioxidant

In the research on stevia mentioned here, researchers used two different chemicals (methanol and ethyl acetate) to obtain extracts from the leaves of the stevia plant. These extracts were found to contain a variety of antioxidants including apigenin, kaempferol and quercitrin.

The antioxidant activity of the extracts was tested with a 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging assay to determine how much extract would be needed to remove half of the free radicals from a solution. For methanol extract, 47.66 micrograms per milliliter extract were needed, while only 9.26 micrograms per milliliter were needed of ethyl acetate extract. When tested against hydroxide radicals, the amount of ethyl acetate needed dropped to 3.08 micrograms per milliliter.

The researchers then tested the extracts' ability to protect DNA strands against damage by hydroxide radicals. It only took 0.1 milligrams per liter of ethyl acetate extract to inhibit DNA strand damage. DNA damage has been linked to a variety of diseases, especially cancer, reproductive problems and developmental defects. Halting DNA damage is also a key to longevity.

The recent research may add a boost to anticipated efforts to secure FDA approval for stevia as a food additive in the United States. Stevia extract has 300 times the sweetness of sugar, and it mixes easily into foods or beverages. It causes no significant increase in blood sugar levels, making it safe for diabetics. While many stevia extracts have a slightly bitter aftertaste reminiscent of licorice, a number of manufacturers claim to have figured out how to eliminate this.

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Already sold as a sweetener in a variety of countries including Brazil, Canada, China and Japan, stevia has not yet been approved for use in the United States or the European Union. Although stevia had been used for decades without any reports of health problems, the FDA labeled it an "unsafe food additive" in 1991 and restricted its use to dietary supplements. It also placed restrictions on the importation of stevia, even going so far as to demand that a recipe book publisher destroy its books that mentioned stevia in recipes.

The FDA's conspiracy to marginalize stevia

The FDA says that "toxicological information on stevia is inadequate to demonstrate its safety." Yet the regulation of stevia as unsafe was a break with FDA policy, which normally grants generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status to any natural substance used since 1958 or earlier with no reports of negative effects. The 1991 decision came in response to an anonymous petition! In other words, someone wrote the FDA and wanted stevia banned (guess who?) and the FDA obliged.

A number of studies have suggested that stevia might cause problems with energy metabolism or the reproductive system, and that a component of stevia might transform into a mutagenic compound. But other studies have failed to find health consequences to stevia use, and have even suggested that it might be beneficial. In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded, after a thorough review of recent research on stevia and its related compounds, that stevia does not damage the genes of humans or other animals, and that many of the toxic effects seen in laboratory studies do not occur in living cells. The WHO also noted that stevia has shown some beneficial effects for patients with high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.

Even the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which supports more research into stevia before allowing its use as a food additive, says that there is no risk to the sweetener in small doses.

"If you use stevia sparingly (once or twice a day in cup of tea, for example), it isn't a great threat to you," the CSPI web site says. "But if stevia were marketed widely and used in diet sodas, it would be consumed by millions of people. And that might pose a public health threat."

Here at NaturalNews, we disagree. Stevia is safely consumed by hundreds of millions of people around the world, with absolutely no adverse health effects. It's as safe as drinking tea. And compared to the dangers of aspartame, Sucralose, saccharin, and other chemical sweeteners, stevia is by far the better choice.

Under mandate from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Agency has recently begun a safety assessment and scientific evaluation of stevia. Meanwhile, the FDA has said that it expects to receive a petition for the sweetener's use in food and beverages any day.

The Coca-Cola Company and Cargill have teamed up to begin marketing a stevia-derived sweetener called Rebiana, and hope to gain approval for the product in both the United States and Europe. With its usual approach to intellectual property, Coca-Cola has already filed 24 U.S. patent ingredients for stevia.

Ingredient companies are gearing up for when the ingredient gets approved in these two large markets. The Malaysian company PureCircle is raising $50 million to expand its stevia production threefold over two years, and the U.S. company Blue California is preparing its infrastructure for large-scale production.

Without question, the days of the FDA being able to suppress stevia are finally coming to an end, and the reign of aspartame is nearly over. That's great news for consumers, and bad news for the cancer industry, for once aspartame is replace with stevia, cancer rates will plummet.

I think I've tried the liquid form of Stevia, but much preferred the power form. Everyone has their own taste, if you pardon the pun. The power is much closer to the form of sugar, and is cheaper than the liquid. Try and see which one you prefer, but it is imperative to your health that you try this healthier alternative to sugar and sugar substitutes.

Some more pics I took of my stevia plants, from when they first were seedlings to full growth...


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From: System 1 Nov 2015 06:54
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From:  ross (LEWPORT71)  
 To:  Razz (RAZZMAN)     
14128.7 In reply to 14128.6 
When does the "Razzman Stevia" product become for sale?
I'll buy some...
I have a sweet tooth.  My problem with the artificial sweeteners is the 'texture' they impart in my morning coffee.  I know this sounds silly, but the 'texture' of my coffee with sugar is more pleasing to me than the
'texture' using any of the artificial sweeteners.
i'll give stevia another chance.

Good articles...
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  ross (LEWPORT71)     
14128.8 In reply to 14128.7 
Stevia is a little different taste than sugar, but I got used to it and actually prefer it now. They have the liquid stevia and the powder. I use the powder as it looks a lot like sugar. You only have to use around 1/4 teaspoon to equal a full teaspoon of sugar.

Another sweetener that I've gotten is Xylitol. It's more "grainy" like sugar, but I still prefer stevia.

I found a couple articles about stevia vs Xylitol...

http://www.thecandidadiet.com/stevia-vs-xylitol/

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/the-scoop-on-natural-sweeteners-stevia-agave-and-xylitol.html
From:  ross (LEWPORT71)  
 To:  Razz (RAZZMAN)     
14128.9 In reply to 14128.8 
Thanks....I had Stevia in my coffee this AM.
Texture IS different...
Taste is fine
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  ross (LEWPORT71)     
14128.10 In reply to 14128.9 
It took me a little while to get used to it. Now if I go someplace for coffee and I have to use sugar, that tastes different. Although our processed foods we buy all have salt and sugar, taking these small steps help, especially if you drink a lot of coffee like I do.

I also use Himalayan rock salt (ground up to salt consistency) on my foods. Much healthier than the processed salt. Check this out...

http://www.naturalnews.com/028724_Himalayan_salt_sea.html
From:  ross (LEWPORT71)  
 To:  Razz (RAZZMAN)     
14128.11 In reply to 14128.10 
I never put NaCl on any food,,well except for corn on  the cob.
My sister the dietician said there is enough NaCl in processed food so, none needs to beaded.
What gets my goat, is to see peeps put salt on food BEFORE they even taste it.
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  ross (LEWPORT71)     
14128.12 In reply to 14128.11 
Actually we need salt in our diets to remain healthy. The only problem is that the table salt most people use in far from healthy. Here's from the Natural News about the Himalayan rock salt that is great for your health...

use Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt because it contains the full spectrum of 84 minerals and trace elements just like Mother Earth intended. It is an unrefined, unprocessed "raw" salt that's hand-mined from abundant salt caves that were formed 250 million years ago as ocean salt settled in certain geologic pockets around the earth.

Most of the western world thinks of salt as sodium chloride -- a highly refined, processed white substance that's devoid of nutrients. Salt is so devoid of nutrients, in fact, that in the early 20th century, doctors noticed that people who ate white table salt started to suffer chronic degenerative diseases such as goiter. This was caused by the lack of iodine in the salt.
From:  ross (LEWPORT71)  
 To:  Razz (RAZZMAN)     
14128.13 In reply to 14128.12 
Where does one buy the Himalayan salt ?
From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
 To:  ross (LEWPORT71)     
14128.14 In reply to 14128.13 
I order it through Amazon or other online wholesalers. I buy the pink granular salt and also have a rock salt inhaler for my asthma. It helps.