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Finally—Stevia Goes Mainstream!

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Finally—Stevia Goes Mainstream!

Dr. Christiane Northrup
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Feb 05, 2009 at 01:55 AM 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been using artificial sweeteners since I went on my first diet at the age of about 13. And most of them haven’t been very safe—in retrospect. That includes saccharin (the pink packet), aspartame (the blue packet), and sucralose (the yellow packet). Every single one of these artificial sweeteners has been associated with adverse health effects.

Aspartame is probably the worst offender, especially when combined with caffeine in diet cola products. Aspartame is a known excitotoxin that causes brain cells to get over stimulated and then die—a process that is made much worse with caffeine. This is one of the reasons why so many women are addicted to diet colas. They give you a “buzz” that you can’t get anywhere else. And it can be a very hard habit to break—especially for those who believe that drinking diet drinks will help them lose weight.

Several years ago I replaced all the artificial sweeteners in my diet with a sweet herb known as stevia. Stevia is all natural, has no side effects, has no calories, doesn’t raise insulin levels, and has been used for over a hundred years in South America. The only problem with it has been that unprocessed stevia can taste bitter or have a strange after taste. Hence I have sought out a number of different brands. My favorite has been NuNaturals Stevia, which I get at Whole Foods supermarket.

Tonight I witnessed history being made. Stevia, in a form called Truvia, was advertised on network television (NBC) during the Golden Globes ceremony! Aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin move over. A far healthier alternative is now widely available in mainstream grocery stores—and it’s about time!

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