The Truth About Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners Part 4 of 4
This is the last part in our series about Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners from my college research paper. In this Blog we are going to continue with more facts about Stevia you may or may not already know, from health benefits and baking tips. Since I wrote this paper, I’ve been using Stevia as my number one choice of sweeteners. If you were to come over and ask for sugar to sweeten your coffee, all I would have to offer you would be Stevia. For beginners who are not use to it’s taste, the easiest way to get started is to use it in anything sour, like lemonade, or to sweeten a sour grapefruit. But without any further delay, let’s get on with Part 4 of 4.
One thing to remember when cooking with Stevia, is that it is incredibly sweet, and if too much is used, an entire batch can be ruined as it will become bitterly sweet. My personal experience has been that in some cooking situations, you can hardly tell the difference. For starters, try replacing sugar with Stevia in cool-aide. Mix the dry powder of cool-aide with 3/8 teaspoon of Stevia. Be sure to mix well before adding the water, and again, mix well. Stevia goes well with some flavors better than others. I personally do not care for the taste of Cherry while using Stevia. The Berry Blend, however, tastes fantastic.
When using Stevia in baking, it is important to know that the sugar that these recipes call for takes up volume. This volume is lost, because it only takes a pinch Stevia to do the job of sweetening. A good way to replace this volume is by adding an equivalent amount of unsweetened applesauce.
Another success story that I have is making pumpkin pie, and homemade whipped cream. I have used it to sweeten plain yogurt (that has great nutritional value according to Dr. Don Colbert) along with some frozen fruit like bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. Also try it in your hot cereal in the morning mixed with cinnamon and diced apples. (RM)
Here in the United States, Stevia can be purchased as a powder called Stevioside, as a liquid, and in little pouches for sweetening coffee and tea. It may be a good idea to buy a cookbook explaining how to properly use Stevia to avoid unnecessary cooking errors. When cooking with Stevia, the rules are much different that cooking with regular table sugar. Therefore, a guidebook is a handy tool when unfamiliar with its characteristics.
The natural sweetener stevioside has been used for many years in the treatment of diabetes among Indians in Paraguay and Brazil. However, the mechanism for the blood glucose-lowering effect remains unknown. A study conducted at the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, found that stevioside enhances insulin secretion from mouse pancreatic islets in the presence of glucose. The researchers state, “Stevioside stimulates insulin secretion via a direct action on pancreatic beta cells. The results indicate that the compounds may have a potential role as an anti-hyperglycemic agent in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.” (© Ray Sahelian M.D.) – Also our free video offer on how to overcome diabetes at the end of this blog. –
While finishing up my research on Stevia, I noticed some other rather interesting uses for this peculiar sweet herb. Stevia can be used as a Dietary Supplement. The vast majority of reported health benefits, both from the research laboratory and consumer experience, comes from daily use of a water based whole leaf Stevia concentrate. Scientific research has indicated that Stevia effectively regulates blood sugar and brings it toward a normal balance. It is sold in some South American countries as an aid to people with diabetes and hypoglycemia. Since its introduction into the US, numerous people have reported that taking 20-30 drops with each meal brought their blood glucose levels to normal or near normal within a short time period. Obviously each individual’s condition is different and such experimentation should be done under the supervision of a qualified physician. An important benefit for hypoglycemics is Stevia’s tonic action which enhances increased energy levels and mental acuity.
Studies have also indicated that Stevia tends to lower elevated blood pressure but does not seem to affect normal blood pressure. It also inhibits the growth and reproduction of some bacteria and other infectious organisms, including the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. This may help explain why users of Stevia enhanced products report a lower incidence of colds and flu and why it has such exceptional qualities when used as a mouthwash or added to toothpaste. Many people report significant improvement in oral health after adding Stevia concentrate to their toothpaste and using it, diluted in water, as a daily mouthwash.
Stevia is an exceptional aid in weight loss and weight management because it contains no calories and reduces one’s craving for sweets and junk foods. Hunger sensations are lessened when 10 or 15 drops are taken 20 minutes before meals. Preliminary research data indicates that Stevia may actually reset the hunger mechanism in people where the pathway between the hypothalamus and the stomach has become obstructed. If so, Stevia would help people to feel satiated sooner, helping them to eat less.
Other benefits of adding Stevia to the daily diet include improved digestion and gastrointestinal function, soothed upset stomachs and quicker recovery’ from minor illness. Users have also reported that drinking Stevia tea or Stevia enhanced teas helped to reduce their desire for tobacco and alcoholic beverages.
Stevia for can even be an exceptional Skin Care product. It’s water based whole leaf Stevia concentrate offers several exceptional benefits when used regularly in skin care. When applied as a facial mask it effectively softens and tightens the skin, smooths out wrinkles and helps to heal various skin blemishes including acne. One simply smooths the dark liquid over the entire face, allowing it to dry for at least 30-60 minutes. As it dries you will feel the skin tightening. A drop of the concentrate may be applied directly on any blemish, acne outbreak, lip or mouth sore. People report success from applying Stevia to a variety of problem skin conditions. Stevia concentrate is also effective when used on seborrhea, dermatitis and eczema. Reports indicate that when a few drops of the concentrate are placed in cuts and scratches there is a more rapid healing of the wound without scarring. This will sting for 30-40 seconds followed by a significant lowering of pain. The concentrate is easily washed away with soap and warm water.
In Paraguayan experiments the Stevia concentrate was added to a unique native herbal soap made from edible oils extracted from the seeds and leaves of trees native to the Paraguayan rain forest. Marketed in the U.S. under the name Cream of Coco Hair & Body Shampoo, the soap blends well with the concentrate. Used together these two natural products help retard the graying process and retain natural hair color, eliminate dandruff and various scalp problems, and improve the health and luster of the hair. Many Americans today add the concentrate to this native soap or to their regular shampoo and report excellent results. Most people wash the hair first and then add Stevia concentrate to the second shampoo, allowing it to remain on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing.
In closing, I just wanted to reinforce that Stevia is safe to use unlike the other sweeteners that the FDA promotes in this country. However, there has never been a complaint that Stevia, in any of its consumable forms, has caused any harmful side effects in the 1500 years of use in Paraguay and about 20 years in Japan. Scientists who have studied Stevia state that it is safe for human consumption.
Following extensive research Dr. Daniel Mowrey reported: “More elaborate safety tests were performed by the Japanese during their evaluation of Stevia as a possible sweetening agent. Few substances have ever yielded such consistently negative results in toxicity trials as have Stevia. Almost every toxicity test imaginable has been performed on Stevia extract [concentrate] or stevioside at one time or another. The results are always negative. No abnormalities in weight change, food intake, cell or membrane characteristics, enzyme and substrate utilization, or chromosome characteristics. No cancer, no birth defects, no acute and no chronic untoward effects. Nothing.”
This brief review of the Stevia plant and its worldwide uses in no way constitutes an endorsement of such uses. As I said earlier, currently the FDA permits Stevia to be imported, labeled and sold only for its approved use as a dietary supplement and in skin care. The information contained is provided for educational purposes only. Medical advice is neither implied nor intended. Please consult your health care professional for medical advice.
In an attempt to provide the public with informative truth, in this and other issues on subjects that most Americans no nothing about, I have supplied what I feel vital information concerning your health and awareness. My goal is to inform the public of truth that is not so easily made available to promote a positive difference in the world around me. I hope that this report has accomplished just that.
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Work Cited for The Truth About Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners Part 1-4
- (What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You, Dr. Don Culbert, M.D., Published by Siloam Press, Lake Mary, FL.) <Page 109>
- (http://www.mendosa.com/overload.htm, page 1, 4/18/02, by Rick Mendosa)
- (NIV Proverbs 23:20-21).
- Randy Miller
- Sugar-Free Cooking With STEVIA, The Naturally Sweet & Calorie-Free Herb
- healthy.net 11/14/02
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