Sunday, August 06, 2006

Your One-Stop Source For Info On Stevia

Looking for more info about Stevia? Go to

When you finally decide that sugar can no longer be a part of a healthy lifestyle, that's the moment when you begin looking at alternatives to use to add sweetness into your life while maintaining your commitment to livin' la vida low-carb.

While there are some excellent artificial sweeteners available on the market today that have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration for consumer use (despite the fact that many people still have concerns over the safety of these sugar alternatives), there is one product out there that many low-carbers happily use as a permanent substitute for sugar despite the fact it has not been approved to be a sweetener yet by the FDA.

Of course, I'm referring to the plant-based supplement called stevia.

I previously blogged about stevia and the controversy about whether it should be called a supplement since it has not been approved by the FDA as a sweetener or if the FDA will finally wise up by granting approval for this incredible zero calories, zero carbs, zero glycemic index product. Nevertheless, I get loads of e-mails and inquiries all the time about where people can learn more about this miraculous sweetening product.

There are a lot of fans of stevia in the low-carb and weight loss community include bestselling cookbook author Dana Carpender, Hampton's Diet author Dr. Fred Pescatore, businessman and former KETO executive Pete Maletto, and health advocate Dr. Nicholas Perricone, among many others.

So where can you go to get more information about this sweetener that you're not allowed to call a sweetener but everyone knows it's really a sweetener (are you confused yet?!)?

Look no further, I've found your one-stop source for info on stevia:

This non-profit, non-commercial consumer information web site is a remarkable resource for providing you with anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Stevia Rebaudiana, aka stevia.

Here are just a few nuggets I found browsing around the site:

- Did you know stevia is an herb from South America?
- Did you know the stevia plant is from the daisy family?
- Did you know the stevia leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar?
- Did you know stevia is the #1 sweetener in Japan?
- Did you know stevia is the preferred sweetener for diabetics?
- Did you know stevia comes in powder, liquid, and tablet form?
- Did you know stevia has been used publicly since 1887?

Were you aware of all of this? I sure wasn't, and there's so much more that you can learn when you visit for yourself!

To get you jumpstarted into the site, here are a few key links:

- Learn more about what stevia is
- Catch up on the latest news about stevia
- Read about the most recent research on stevia
- Got recipes? Try these made with stevia
- Side-by-side comparison of stevia and other sweeteners
- Got a specific question? Ask a stevia expert
- Browse around with the search feature

There isn't a better place on the information superhighway for you to find out the most complete information about stevia than at

When you are livin' la vida low-carb, it's nice to have choices about what kinds of sweeteners you put in your mouth. Stevia is one of the better ones and I highly encourage you to educate yourself further about how this naturally sweet plan can help you meet your weight and health goals!


Blogger BillyHW said...

So where does one buy this stuff?

8/06/2006 9:07 PM  
Blogger BillyHW said...

And how expensive is it?

8/06/2006 9:08 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey BillyHW,

Stevia is generally sold in health food stores in the supplement section as well as at many low-carb and health food online retailers. Prices can vary, but they are comparable to purchasing other artificial sweeteners. THANKS for writing! I'm working on recommending a supplier for stevia soon. STAY TUNED!

8/06/2006 9:49 PM  
Blogger sofiajp said...


I use stevita stevia liquid and while it has a bitter smell (perhaps thanks to grapefruit seed extract acting as a preservative), it is great in smoothies and such. I have used sweetleaf stevia plus powder but it contains FOS (FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES) and personally it causes the same terrible gastrointestinal issues that sugar alcohols do (just thought I would let you know since FOS is touted as good for you). I am going to try stevita powdered stevia (contains erythritol) and am hoping it will be good too!

8/07/2006 3:00 AM  
Blogger Bella and Blessing said...

I discovered that the brands of stevioside that I have tried were VERY diluted with other substances, which would influence my perception of the taste. Also, I discovered a site listing some of the health concerns (including interference in the absorption of carbohydrates!) at
which don't concern me too much, as I don't expect my intake would be anywhere near what MIGHT be a dangerous level -160servings :-)

I found much more info available at
(along with a 100% pure product at

8/07/2006 1:32 PM  
Blogger Bella and Blessing said...

I was wrong on what might be a dangerous level; reading further on the “stevia-stevioside” site it said: in the study the authors stated, "an oral dose of 0.25 g steviol/kg Body Weight per day is regarded as having no observable effect." Considering the FDA's statement that stevioside is 200 times sweeter than sugar if the average person is 125 lbs (56.7 Kg ) you would have to eat 14.18 grams of stevioside ( approx 1089.02 servings) the equivalent of tea spoons of sugar per day. For your reference a 5 lb bag of sugar has 576 servings. Can you eat that much sugar every day? How about two 5 lb bags of sugar per day. Further can you eat that much sugar and get "No observable effect?"

8/07/2006 1:43 PM  
Blogger eve said...

here is a link to a coupon for stevia, cut and paste in your web address area.

I love stevia, and I love bargains so hopefully you will enjoy this coupon as much as I did. Thank-you for educating more people about this natural sweet treat and giving them other options than the harsh artificial chemical sweeteners.

8/29/2006 7:27 PM  

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