Notice: Undefined variable: current_user in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 672

Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 672

Notice: Undefined variable: author_desc in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 679

Notice: Undefined variable: author_url in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 685

Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 936

Notice: Undefined variable: current_user in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 1095

Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 1095

Notice: Undefined variable: author_desc in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 1102

Notice: Undefined variable: author_url in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 1108

Notice: Undefined variable: author_details in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php on line 1113

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/schema-and-structured-data-for-wp/core/array-list/schema-properties.php:672) in /home/cellgrail/public_html/wp-content/plugins/themify-popup/includes/system.php on line 224
A Closer Look At Artificial Sweeteners (NEW Research Included)

Login with your Social Account

contact@cellgrail.com

A Closer Look At Artificial Sweeteners (NEW Research Included)

Artificial sweeteners have started getting a lot of buzz lately, so I thought I’d give you my complete review of sugar alternatives…

I’ve been hitting the scientific journals and doing all the research I can to give you an unbiased, informed opinion about stevia…

And after my trip down the rabbit hole, what I’ve discovered is interesting, to say the least…

So keep reading and I promise that after you finish this article, you’ll likely know more about stevia than you ever thought possible…

First up, let’s take a quick glance at stevia’s history…

From Indigenous Sweetener to Worldwide Commodity

stevia

The first known records of stevia come from Brazil and Paraguay, where the sweetener was used by locals for centuries…

But it didn’t start to gain favor in the United States until the 1980s…

And here is where things take a strange turn.

You see, NutraSweet got scared of losing market share in the artificial sweeteners industry and backed by Monsanto’s astronomical lobbying budget, they managed to pressure the FDA into…

BANNING STEVIA!
But wait, it gets even better…

Coca-Cola and Pepsi actually joined forces to push the lobbying in the other direction and make their own stevia concoctions legal (Truvia and PureVia, respectively)…

And that opened the floodgates to all sorts of manufacturers coming up with stevia products…

Which is where we find ourselves now – stevia has become an extremely successful product across the globe…

However, being a successful product does not equal being healthy, so let’s look at stevia’s health claims…

The Big Question – Is Stevia Healthy?

doctor wondering

It’s hard to tell how much of stevia’s supposed health benefits are real and how much is marketing hype by manufacturers trying to sell products…

So I’m going to look closer and give you my professional opinion about the most common claims…

1) Zero Calories – This one is certainly real. In its pure form, stevia has zero calories and rates 0 on the glycemic index. That’s because it’s not absorbed into the body at any point during the digestive process.

2) Reduced Cholesterol – At least one study successfully demonstrated that stevia lowers your bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL). However that study used huge daily amounts (400 ml/day), so it’s not sure that you’d get the same results from normal use.

3) Lowered Blood Sugar – Yes, using stevia in place of normal sugar will result in lower blood sugar… and so will nearly any other food. This is a claim that is misleading.

4) Fewer Tooth Cavities – Also true for the same reasons as lowered blood sugar. Another misleading claim.

5) Lowered Blood Pressure – As with cholesterol, stevia does lower your blood pressure in high doses, but normal use will never reach the levels needed for this effect.

And while these are the most common claimed benefits…

There are also a few connected dangers you need to be aware of, such as…

  • Allergic reactions
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive problems
  • Hormone disruption
  • Contraindications with prescription medications

But all of these are rare and as I’ll explain a little later, likely due to additives in the stevia product…

So, after all my research, I’m happy to say that I believe stevia is relatively healthy when used in moderation…

Or at least a much better option than refined sugar…

But my recommendation comes with a major caveat, which I’ll tell you about in the next section…

Which Version of Stevia to Buy

stevia

The most common question I received from friends interested in sugar alternatives was,

“What’s the best stevia product to buy?”

And seeing as many products are not available everywhere, I’m not going to recommend a single one…

Instead, I’m going to show you what to look for when you’re shopping for stevia…

And there’s one glaring problem no matter where you live and what stevia products are available to you…

It’s extremely difficult to find pure stevia.

You see, most manufacturers use additives and other ingredients to hide the fact that stevia has a particularly strong bitter aftertaste. And most stevia is packaged with:

  • Maltodextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Glycerin
  • Sodium saccharin
  • Sodium cyclamate
  • Inulin
  • Erythritol
  • Or even other artificial sweeteners like aspartame

And all these fillers change how healthy stevia is – so much that I don’t recommend any products with these additives…

So what you want to do is be absolutely sure that stevia is the only thing on the list of ingredients…

And an even better option is to simply grow your own and use the leaves – the plant is easy to cultivate and you could even put it on a kitchen window sill…

A Note About Lesser-Known Sweeteners

monk fruit

The main two lesser-known sweeteners that came up in conversations with friends and family were…

  • Monk Fruit Extract
  • Xylithol

And I’ll go ahead and get my verdict out of the way…

I don’t recommend them, largely because if you’re going to use artificial sweeteners, 100% pure stevia is clearly a better option.

For both of these, they have the same major additive issue as stevia (it’s even harder to find the real deal)… and in most cases go through a more severe production process…

Xylitol itself is a sugar alcohol, and you’ll always find monk fruit extract paired with a sugar alcohol…

And while these sugar alcohols occur naturally in fruit, the truth is that the version you get in a sweetener product is almost certainly synthetic.

It is worth mentioning that monk fruit extract is a relatively new sweetener and it still hasn’t gone through the rigorous scientific testing that I need to safely recommend it…

And if a solution is found to use the extract WITHOUT an alcohol sugar, then maybe I’ll devote a whole article to it…

But for now, I still need to see proof that it’s healthy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that it answered any questions you have about stevia. If you have topics about your health and nutrition that you’d like answered, comment below and I’ll feature them in future articles!

If you’re having difficulties controlling your sugar cravings, I recommend you try out our 100% natural solution, Slim Pure, by clicking on the button below.

Slim Pure Natural Weight Loss Supplement

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Post a Comment