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Stevia: Benefits, Properties?

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Stevia: Benefits, Properties?
Aspartame & Natural Substitutes (Stevia)

What is a sweetener aspartame (sweetener) is insecure for some time a matter of fact.
Recently, the direct confirmation of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which established that aspartame is linked with the occurrence of brain tumors, as well as has a proven neurotoxicity and is the cause of "92 symptoms" alarming, such as blindness , neurological problems (parkinson, Alzheimer) and vascular paralysis.
It 'also a fact, however, that this type of sweetener is suitable for particular situations and needs that the most common natural sweeteners, they can not compete.
What are the pros of a sweetener such as aspartame compared to other sweeteners?
Essentially two:
- Low calorific value (being approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose) it is used in very small quantity.
- No raises the blood sugar (suitable for diabetics)

I note that aspartame is very fashionable place in light products, or diet, just for the two cases presented a moment ago.
Raise your blood sugar, it means increase the levels of blood sugar, which leads to the increase of insulin to "equalize" its excess, and bring everything to a balanced situation.
It 'also true that as you well know medical, and sports, the so-called Peak Insulin, has the effect, "Collateral" to "Shoot" nutrients also in adipocytes, which makes us fat.
Just to stay on topic, the note proposed Zone diet by Barry Sears, is based precisely on avoiding this insulin peak.
It 'also known that in the special diet (low calorie) very fashionable among sportsmen, have high insulin has consequences relatively "heavy" for an athlete: block lipolysis (the use of fat as an energy source = weight loss ) and the production of slight of endogenous GH. (Growth Hormone)
     Let's not forget the friends diabetics, who can not afford physically to balance your blood sugar producing their own insulin (Endogenous), but it should help with insulin by injection supplied from outside (Exogenous).
Aspartame theoretically allows you to give a VERY PLEASANT flavor to foods, avoiding caloric surplus and raising the glycemic index.

For those who are still skeptical do a practical example:
Let us drink more drunk (and most criticized) in the world: Coca-Cola
You will notice that there are basically two versions: regular, canned or bottled red, and that dietary gray metal cans or bottles.
Here is the table Caloric per 100ml (a can has 330) for each type:

Coca Cola Normal:
Energy value: 42 kcal
Protein: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 10.6 grams
Fat: 0 grams

Diet Coke:
Energy Value: 0.4 Kcal
Protein: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: Absent
Fat: 0 grams

Taking a quick count, which is the energy value of Normal, divided by those of the Light, that is 42 divided by 0.4 = 105.
Conclusion Practice ...... drink 105 cans of Diet Coke a day talking calorically equivalent to only drink 1 can of Coca Cola normal day.
If it were not for SERIOUS side effects mentioned at the opening of this article all in all would not even so bad as a sweetener in view of the property.
The question that some of you are asking: "Is it possible that you do not exist a sweetener with the same (or similar) property, and that it is HARMLESS to health?!?"
One possible answer is the following: STEVIA.

What is Stevia?
It 'a small herbaceous perennial shrub of the chrysanthemum family, native to the mountains between Paraguay and Brazil.
He has an uncanny ability sweetener: in its natural form is about 10/15 times sweeter than regular table sugar.
In its most common form of white powder, extracted from the leaves of the plant gets to be 70 to 400 times sweeter than sugar, so it is the most powerful natural sweetener.
A single leaf fresh burst onto the palate after a few moments, a very strong feeling fresh, and remains in the end a slight licorice aftertaste.

The main features ...
- Does not cause diabetes
- Contains no calories
- Does not alter the level of sugar in the blood
- Has no toxicity (as opposed to synthetic sweeteners)
- By failing to sugar does not cause tooth decay and dental plaque
- Contains no artificial ingredients
- Can be used for cooking

Medical uses hypothesized ...
- Diabetes, obesity, hyperactivity, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, indigestion;
- Reducing the intoxication of the organism caused by refined sugar, probably benefits the skin;
- Since it satisfies the desire of sweet, almost always puts to rest the "psychological hunger" of carbohydrates (bread, pasta, etc..) And cakes;
- Providing a pleasant primary satisfaction (sweet) is likely to decrease the needs of compulsive smoking and drinking alcohol.

We need to know that ...
- During drying the fresh weight of the product is reduced to 1/5;
- 15 ml of the extract amounted to approximately 370 drops; leaves Stenia
- 15 ml of the extract are the sweetening power of about 1 kg of sugar;
- A drop of stevia extract is equivalent to about 3 grams of sugar;
- 1 teaspoon of sugar weighs about 2 gr., While pre-packed 1 teaspoon of sugar contains about 5 grams;
- 1 drop of stevia extract is equivalent to about 1.5 teaspoons of sugar, and 3 drops of stevia extract is almost equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar CALORIES 0

The skeptics will begin to ask: "Does it really work?!?" "Why do not you use it?!?"
The first answer is very easy.
I'm not going to answer it, but Coca Cola indirectly respond to my place, just think that in Japan is used as a sweetener for Coca Cola Light. (They may do so as we do not believe it?!?!?!?)

Who uses stevia and how?
In the world of so-called "uncivilized" and little or no technological ...
Stevia is known by many people, in addition to its sweetening power, also for its medicinal properties and has been used by the Indians for its healing powers for hundreds of years.
In the U.S. and in the civilized world ...
It is officially approved use in 10 countries, including Japan, Brazil and Paraguay.
In the U.S. it can be sold as a dietary supplement but not as a sweetener or food additive.
In Japan it is used to produce the Diet Coke ®
It 'still generally used in soft drinks, chewing the gum, sweeteners such as tablets, syrups, and in pharmaceuticals.
In Italy and in Europe ...
In 1999 the Commission on Food Additives of the WHO (World Healt Organization), and the Scientific Committee for Food of the European Union shall review the available data on stevioside and decides that it is not acceptable as a sweetener.
Subsequently, on February 22, 2000, the European Commission, following the opinions of the Scientific Committee for Food - SCF, confirming the earlier decision of 1999, decided that Stevia rebaudiana (dry extracts and plant) can not be placed on the Community market as food or as a simple ingredient.

Who does not want stevia? Some "hypothesis"
- Maybe it's because as a wild plant is not patentable, and therefore in itself is not exploitable?
- Maybe it's because if you spread domestic use instead of refined sugar, the powerful industries and related crops (crops of sugar beet and sugar cane, oil refineries, transportation, etc..) It would be tremendously affected?
- Maybe because if it spread as a sweetener lobby chemical-pharmaceutical industry would have to say goodbye to her precious (and most damaging) synthetic sweeteners?

Who wants Stevia? Some certainties ... Consumers, including:
- Those who are attracted by the natural products
- Those who have problems of line and maybe use sweeteners
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- Who knows which foods are almost always filled with additives of any kind, and like someone when you can eliminate
- The shops and companies that deal with natural and herbal products.

conclusion:
We are again faced with a bureaucratic problem that is affecting our health, we have been denied the freedom of choice, and we are forced to cram sugar carcinogenic easily replaced with products of all HEALTHY.
If you call this freedom .....

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