Dr_Temp wrote: if i could only find out if i can grow my own yerba mate.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
I understand the traditional stuff is made with coca, in which case there are probably cultivars suited to your climate...but it's probably not worth the legal hassle.
William Bronson wrote:Burra, how did your extract turn out?
Leah Sattler wrote:I think stevia has got to be the least scary of the artificial sweeteners.
Beth Tumbaco wrote:I did a little bit of checking regarding dangers of stevia. Burton Berkson does not seem to have a web site, so I searched "stevia dangers.' The most succinct was from 3fatchicks.com I know, not exactly the Mayo Clinic, but I wasn't willing to spend several hours on this.
" Stevia:Is It a Carcinogen?
This is possibly the most controversial issue surrounding stevia–does it cause cancer? One study showed that it could be turned into a mutagenic compound, which does cause cancer. Critics of this study have pointed out potential flaws in the process used to derive the compound. Other studies have shown no mutagenic compounds at all.
For many people stevia is the answer to a prayer–a no-carb, no-calorie sugar substitute that allows them to indulge in sweets while remaining on their diets. However, the actual data surrounding its short- and long-term harmful effects is contradictory and confusing. As a consumer, you should know that stevia did finally get FDA approval for use as a food product and it has their designation of being “safe.” If you have any questions about it though, consult with your doctor. She can recommend whether or not using stevia is a good idea for you."
Another issue: Sorry I have no memory of where I heard/read this. The insulin response begins when the sweet taste hits the mouth, not waiting for sugar to hit the blood stream. If there is no kind of sugar to process the insulin is still doing it's insulin thing. I always use stevia with a tiny bit of caloric sweetener to give the insulin something to do, just to be safe.