Author: Sarah Maki

Can Stevia Help me Manage my Weight?

Common sense suggests eating less sugar is a way to cut down on calorie-consumption/energy intake and eventually, body weight. Swapping a zero-calorie sweetener for sugar is a reasonable approach to cutting sugar intake, but some wonder if other effects intervene when swapping zero-calorie sweeteners for sugar that can ultimately cause a gain in body weight. For instance: do we eat more because we know we are taking in fewer calories—sort of a mental compensation for those fewer calories? PJ Rogers and colleagues set out to answer this question in a report that would go on to be published in...

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Is stevia safe for diabetics?

Stevia leaf extract is both suitable and safe for people who have diabetes. Some early studies suggested that stevia components had a blood-sugar lowering effect (hypoglycemic) on study participants. This development caught the attention global regulatory authorities and required assessment before the ingredient was deemed acceptable to be released into the global marketplace. The first randomized, controlled trial to directly answer these concerns demonstrated that highly purified stevia leaf extract did not impact the blood glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes. The study was published in in 2008 in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. The...

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Is stevia safe?

Stevia leaf extract is widely recognized as safe for human use in foods and beverages based on extensive scientific research and testing. Stevia leaf extract is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) in accordance with US FDA requirements. In addition, several prominent global and international food safety entities, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), Health Canada (HC) and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) have supported these research findings by offering opinions that support high purity stevia leaf extract as safe for human consumption. Historical, Technical and Safety Overview...

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Does stevia have side effects?

Food safety organizations and panels worldwide, including the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), have thoroughly reviewed and scientifically demonstrated the safety of stevia leaf extract and have established that there are no known side effects from using stevia leaf extract in foods or beverages. In addition, the International Stevia Council has noted stevia leaf extract that met the high purity criteria established by JECFA had no effect on either blood pressure or blood glucose response, indicating that stevia leaf extract is safe for use by people with diabetes. To...

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What is stevia?

Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is a plant native to South America (Paraguay) that is now grown across the globe in tropical and sub-tropical climates. While there are 240 varieties of the stevia plant, the one that provides sweetness for many of today’s stevia-based sweeteners is called the stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant.[1] Stevia leaf extract has been recognized for its zero-calorie sweetness for many years. In fact, the plant has several components that together make up its sweetness. There are many different glycosides—the sweet elements extracted from the leaf—that contribute to the sweet taste in the plant. What many think of...

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