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The new zero-calorie sweetener--is it safe?

By Brierley Wright, August 31, 2009 - 12:56pm

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Brierley asks: Tell us why you do--or don't--use artificial sweeteners.

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I have been using the "dietary supplement" form of stevia as a sweetener for years. It is a natural plant extract & safer than any of the approved sweeteners by the FDA. Thousands of years of use on humans must not be enough evidence for some people to be convinced of safety. I'm glad that these companies are submitting the studies to get it allowed to be used in commercial preparations as some countries have been doing for years. Perhaps, that "diet" soda one day will actually NOT contain the poison of the artificial sweetener used today. On the contrary it may offer some benefit of a fibrous plant extract!!

jen, CLAWSON, MI

Anonymous

09/02/2009 - 10:47am

Wish I liked Stevia, but I don't like the taste of it any better than I like the taste of Saccharin or Nutrasweet. And I have to doubt that it is any better for you than any of the other faux-sugars. Ultimately, much as I hate to admit it, either abstinence or out and out moderation in eating sugars is probably the best policy. . . But sugary foods are sooo great! Sigh. . .

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld, Portland, Ma

Anonymous

09/02/2009 - 10:48am

try Xylitol or Xylo Sweet proven cavity fighter, no aftertaste, no gmo, comes in resealable bulk or individual packs and is great to bake with. i use it all the time and can find no negatives.

bigcat808, Honolulu, HI

Anonymous

09/02/2009 - 10:48am

I personally will never use another artificial sweetener! One of them gave me a severe allergic reaction that has left me crippled for life! I do not trust the FDA when it comes to keeping all foods safe.

Dianne Falero, Bell, Fl

Anonymous

09/02/2009 - 10:48am

I haved used stevia for years with no problems, and no aftertaste of the artificial ones, and the effects that are found out later, be careful stevia is very sweet.

jean, kc, mo

Anonymous

09/02/2009 - 10:48am

I had awful gas w/stevia. I can't use any sugar substitutes because they all give me gas. I also have bloating w/them. My mom has no problem w/them. I wish I could use them. I guess the best thing would be to not do sugar.

Donna, Clarksville, Tn

Anonymous

09/02/2009 - 10:48am

You're casting some doubt on Stevia's safety, have you looked at research on the harmful effects of sucralose?

Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN

Anonymous

09/02/2009 - 10:48am

I have been using liquid stevia in coffee and tea for over 10 years. It was recommended because I have migraines and artificial sweetners are a no-no. I am a true believer and carry it with me.

Rae Hopkins, Carmel, IN

Anonymous

09/02/2009 - 10:48am

I think JustLikeSugar is great!

Anonymous

12/08/2011 - 4:26pm

100% Stevia is great and hasn't caused any bad side effects for me. When I was using any stevia that had sugar alcohols added to it like Truvia, I was getting headache and stomach aches. Wished I would have figured that out a long time ago, because I suffered needlessly for months. These are some of the names of sugar alcohols that are on labels:
malitol, sorbital, isomalt, mannitol,
xylitol, lactitol, erythritol,
hydrogenated starch hydrolysates,
HSH (commonly labeled as Lycasin™)
and hydrogenated glucose syrups.

Leigh_87

03/08/2013 - 2:56am

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