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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: stevia
Date: November 5, 2007 at 3:55 pm PST

In Reply to: stevia posted by magally on November 5, 2007 at 2:13 pm:

I don't think alot about Stevia. :)

In regard to sweeteners, I don't recommend the use of them, whether caloric, non caloric or artificial or natural.

However, if someone was to consume an otherwise abundantly healthy diet and be in good health, I have no problem with the small use of any of the above, IF it is used to help them consume more healthier food.

Stevia is banned in the U.S in the food supply. And, the FDA is not the only one. So has Singapore, Hong Kong, Health Canada, the EU, and the WHO. WHO reviewed the data in 2006 and may modify their stance soon.

When you buy it in the USA, you are buying it sold as a supplement, and I have concerns about the quality (or lack of) the regulations around supplements. Independent studies on supplements in the USA show many (almost half) fail to pass testing for quality, contamination and label accuracy.

While it is a separate topic, and not one we can really cover here, you may not have to avoid foods you are avoiding to help deal with the situation you are dealing with that is causing your cravings.

In Health
Jeff


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