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Stevia

Stevia is a plant from Paraguay and used as a sugar replacer in many countries including Japan, Israel, Brazil etc. The sugar industry has managed to get import to Europe blocked by EU laws which is a real health scandal. They have no problems with Aspartaam and other risky sugar replacements but will not allow Stevia on the EU market.

The features of Stevia

* Sugarless with no calories 
* Will not effect blood sugar levels like sugar does. 
* 100% Natural 
* 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar
* Heat stable to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit) 
* Non-fermentable 
* Flavor enhancer 
* Plaque retardant Anti-caries (prevents cavities) 
* Recommended for diabetics 
* Non-toxic Extensively tested in animals and Extensively used by humans with no adverse effects. 


Cooking with Stevia
CookingWithStevia.com provides free stevia recipes, conversion charts for stevia, sugar and artificial sweeteners. Look up vital information on baking, using, and buying stevia. You will even discover scientific documents about the safety of stevia, reports on the different types of stevias available and other educational stevia information. Recipes you will find in our database: Beverages, Breads & Grains, Soups, Salads & Dressings, Vegetables, Main Dishes, Cakes & Cookies, Pies & Pastries, Desserts & Candies, Tempting Toppings, Desert Sauces & Fruit Preserves, Condiments, Sauces, & Relishes

Stevia.net
If you've ever tasted stevia, you know it's extremely sweet. In fact, this remarkable noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, has been used as a sweetener and flavor enhancer for centuries. But this innocuous-looking plant has also been a focal point of intrigue in the United States in recent years because of actions by the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The subject of searches and seizures, trade complaints and embargoes on importation, stevia has been handled at times by the FDA as if it were an illegal drug.  

Cornucopia Enterprises - Sales and information on how to grow and use stevia.

Ginger Ale - Recipe for syrup concentrate, using stevia and ginger root. Served with club soda or sparkling water.

HerbCare - Teas and drink blends, stevia, dental pain powder, and specialty formulas.

North American Herbal Products - Offers blueberry, cranberry, and ginseng products and stevia sweetener. Includes product information and online ordering.

Quadra Nutrition. - Registered Nutritional Consultant and retail sales of nutritional supplements. Sugar free cook book using Stevia.

Stevia Canada - International wholesale, retail and bulk shipments. Offering quality and choices. We are exclusively stevia. What is stevia? A shrub native to Paraguay, used for over 1500 years by the native Guarani Indians. A herb with an abundance of positive effects. The whole leaf contains numerous phytonutrients and trace minerals and is much sweeter than sugar with out negative effects. It can sweeten any drink with no calories, no carbohydrates, no tooth decay and is diabetic safe. Stevia nourishes the pancreas and does not raise blood glucose levels, making it not only safe for diabetics but also beneficial. Since there are no calories or carbohydrates, stevia is an excellent weight loss aid. It does not contains the negative side effects reported with the use of artificial sweeteners including aspartame. Adding stevia to your diet on a regular basis, it has also been reported that it can help minimize hunger sensations, cravings for sweets or fatty foods, aide in digestion, decrease hypertension without effecting normal blood pressure, stabilize blood glucose levels, shorten recovery time from cold and flu and aide in addictions to tobacco and alcohol. When used in toothpaste or mouthwash, cavities and gum disease is reduced due to its antibacterial properties.

Stevia On Line Sales - A large selection of products in liquid, powder, or tablet forms, plus information about Stevia.

Stevia and Health Products - We supply organically-grown Stevia seeds and extracts. Also other health products.

SteviaSmart.com - Stevia information in newsletter e-mail includes where to purchase plants, liquid and powder as dietary supplement alternative to aspartame

Stevita Stevia - Liquid, powder, and spoonable stevia. Also offers fruit and chocolate flavored drink enhancers. Stevita Co., Inc. was formed in 1995 by Oscar Rodes, in Arlington, Texas with the objective to market quality stevia products manufactured by Steviafarma SA (previously Inga Stevia Industrial) of Brazil. Oscar Rodes has been associated with Steviafarma SA since its inception in 1986. Steviafarma is the only fully vertically integrated Stevia grower, extractor, and stevia products formulator in the world. The Stevita brand was introduced in the food market in Brazil in 1989 and was introduced to the USA Dietary Supplement market by Stevita Co., Inc. in 1995

The Steviva Company - Specializing in stevia, but also offering other dietary supplements.

The Sweet Secret of Stevia - An article about stevia, a natural herb that is a non-caloric sweetener. In 1960s Japan, there was a popular movement against adding chemicals such as artificial sweeteners to food. Manufacturers there were on the lookout for a natural alternative to sugar, and stevia was introduced to the Japanese market in 1970. It is currently used in many products there (including cola, desserts, and gum) and makes up 40% of the Japanese sweetener market.

Twincreek Farm & Nursery - Offering stevia, lemon grass, and kiwi plants, redworms, and cortunix quail eggs. Mail order available.

Winds Trading - Paraguayan exporter of agriproducts including organic sugar, oilseeds, edible oils, timberwood, stevia, yerba mate, grill charcoal, electric pumps and motors.

Benefits of Stevia
Benefits of stevia: Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is a wonderful dietary supplement used for over 1500 years as a sweetener and for medicinal purposes. Since the 1970's, stevia has been used in Japan as the main alternative to sugar, used instead of the banned aspartame in diet soda, gum and other food and beverages. Stevia is also being used as a sweetener in other countries after extensive studies proved it's safety. Stevia has been used with success to treat many ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure, gingivitis, digestion ailments, addictions, topically for acne and other skin ailments and also as a wonderful weight loss aid.Safe for diabetics as it does not raise blood sugar!

FDA and Stevia
The FDA was forced through a legal loophole in 1995 to rescind its 1991 import ban against stevia leaves, extracts, and steviosides and allow stevia to be sold as a dietary supplement. Though consumers still won't find stevia on packaged-food labels as a food additive, it's sold among the supplement products in most health food stores, though they're not allowed to mention stevia's most remarkable quality: its sweetness.

Could stevia be the answer to diabetes treatment?
Stevia has some very interesting properties. It has no calories but has actions similar to several currently used medications. It stimulates the release of insulin and normalizes the response to glucose, especially in type 2 diabetes. It is used in Latin America as an inexpensive therapy for hyperglycemia

Stevia and the marketplace
So in the US today, as in Canada, stevia is sold only in health food stores. Sugar and artificial sweeteners have the supermarket shelves to themselves. Bonvie says she believes that the sweetening industry has pressured the FDA to keep stevia out of the United States. "I think there's a lot at stake here, big dollars at stake here and when there's big money at stake strange things happen."

Books

The Stevia Story: A Tale of Incredible Sweetness & Intrigue
One of the most perplexing dilemmas faced by countless people today is the 'sweet surrender' question -- that is, whether to give in to the evils of sugar, or accept a chemical substitute likes aspartame with all of the possible health problems that might involve. This book, however, offers another option -- one that’s actually been known about for many centuries in parts of South America, and has been widely used by the Japanese for the past quarter century. It’s the sweet herb stevia --a noncaloric solution to the sweetener problem that’s not only totally safe, but has various health benefits. "The Stevia Story: a tale of incredible sweetness and intrigue," contains everything you need to know about this beneficial herb from Paraguay, from its history of use by the Guarani Indians to its 'rediscovery' by much of the civilized world and the campaign against it carried on by the FDA. Also included is a description of the various forms in which stevia may now be obtained, along with advice on how to grow the herb at home and 10 delicious stevia recipes. With a foreword by James S. Turner, author of "The Chemical Feast," and "Making Your Own Baby Food." 

Stevia Rebaudiana : Natures Sweet Secret
This best-selling book introduces the herbal sweetener Stevia. An all-natural, non-caloric, non-glycemic, super-sweet powder (or liquid), Stevia is extracted from leaves of the Paraguayan "Honey Leaf" plant and is used extensively around the world. Includes sections on the plant's history, botany, pharmacology, usage and safety - with over twenty stevia recipes. Now includes extensive home-growing information.

Sugar free cooking with Stevia
Stevia is an all-natural herbal sweetener up to 300 times sweeter than sugar it contains no calories, no artificial chemicals, and no carbohydrates. It can be used by everyone, even diabetics and children, wont promote tooth decay, and is great for cooking and baking. So why doesnt everyone use stevia? Good question. Used for centuries in South America and the most popular non-caloric sweetener in Japan, stevia has been unfairly targeted by the FDA read more about the controversy in Chapter 3.

Low carb cooking with Stevia
Low-Carb Cooking With Stevia is the perfect companion for people on a low-carbohydrate diet. This hot new book contains revolutionary, delicious recipes like pastas, breads, even cakes and cookies all low in carbohydrates. Filled with practical advice, Mr. Kirkland is inspirational as he explains how he lost his extra weight and regained his life - All while enjoying a variety of favorite foods. Kirkland, an expert on stevia, includes in-depth information about stevia, the natural alternative to questionable artificial sweeteners. With over 175 delightful low-carb recipes and more than 60 pages of important information, Low-Carb Cooking With Stevia is the essential companion for a successful low-carbohydrate lifestyle.

Baking with Stevia, recipes for the sweet leaf
Fifty-two tested recipes using an extract of the herb, Stevia rebaudiana. Stevia is a non-caloric, naturally sweet herb from Paraguay. Contains a full range of dessert and beverage recipes including muffins, quick breads, cakes, cookies, bars, puddings, pies, toppings, sauces and more. The book also contains a glossary, baking tips section, food substitution chart, directions for making stevia extract at home, and a resources section.


An interesting contrast: while no one in Japan has complained about any stevia related health problems for the past thirty years, over 75% of food additive related complaints in the US are about Aspartame, which is supposedly safe.

Medical abstracts

Antihypertensive Effect of Stevioside in Different Strains of Hypertensive Rats
this study found that steviosides can lower blood pressure in rats.

Stevioside Induces Antihyperglycaemic, Insulinotropic and Glucagonostatic Effects in Vivo: Studies in the Diabetic Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats
this study found that stevia was beneficial for diabetic rats.

Bactericidal Activity of a Fermented Hot-water Extract from Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni towards Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Other Food-borne Pathogenic Bacteria
a study that shows stevia's antibacterial effect, especially against dangerous E-coli bacteria.

Analysis of Anti-rotavirus Activity of Extract from Stevia rebaudiana
this study found that stevia has antiviral effects against the anti-human rotavirus (HRV).

 

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