The safety of 0 calorie artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), and saccharin (Sweet ‘n Low), have long been debated. One group says they cause cancer and harm your health, others say they’re perfectly safe for human consumption.
Now there’s a natural no calorie alternative on the market that’s not a human made chemical. It’s called stevia, and it could be the big thing that replaces artificial sweeteners.
Stevia received a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) rating from the FDA on December 17, 2008, meaning that the FDA had no objections to food and beverage manufacturers using it in their products. Until stevia was put in the GRAS category, it could only be sold in the USA as a supplement, not a sweetener.
Natural health advocates have been using stevia for years as a no calorie natural sweetener, but now that stevia is GRAS, it can be found on supermarket shelves as a healthy alternative to artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose.
Why should you consider using stevia as a no calorie natural sweetener instead of artificial sweeteners anyway?
Stevia is nowhere near as controversial
Whereas many studies have shown aspartame and sucralose causes cancer in rats in rats, stevia is virtually flawless. Only one study has shown that stevia may be bad for your health, but the conductors of that study admitted it was seriously flawed.
Stevia is a natural sweetener, and it contains no calories
Eating a something in a close to natural state is always better for your health. What’s better for you, an apple or an apple pie? Same relationship with the sweeteners.
Stevia contains free radical-removing antioxidants and other nutrients
Antioxidants help get rid of free radicals, harmful substances your body produces as it performs all functions necessary for life. While, as a sweetener, stevia won’t provide a ton of nutrients for the body, its better than the empty calories you get from refined sugar.
Stevia has been used internationally for years
Once again, with no reported ill side effects. Japan has used stevia instead of aspartame and sucralose since 1987 to sweeten its foods naturally. Other countries, like Brazil and the rest of Latin America, have commonly used it as well.
Stevia will likely be replacing the aspartame and sucralose in sweetened foods very soon. Almost immediately after Stevia was announced GRAS, Coca-Cola and Pepsi said they’d be using it in a new line of beverages they would be releasing very soon.
If you’re a fan of artificial sweeteners, you’ll definitely want to consider replacing them with Stevia, the no calorie natural sweetener that will be on store shelves soon. At the very least, it will likely reduce your risk of developing cancer and give you peace of mind.
Sources: www.naturalnews.com; www.stevia.com