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side effects: is Coca Cola's stevia sweetener safe?
the meantime, Pepsi has come with its own alternative, called PureVia, which is
known as the main ingredient in SoBe
Lifewater and also claims to be a natural sweetener carrying
Cola claims that Truvia is an all-natural sweetener, but is that really
the case? We have learned that natural sweeteners such as stevia can
not be patented and thus can't ensure profits. If we take a look at the
ingredients, we will see the following, vague statement:
erythritol, rebiana, natural flavors. That's it! They
don't specify in which amounts these ingredients are mixed together,
but let's have a look at them one by one:
while Cargill describes erythritol as a zero calorie sugar substitute
fermented naturally from grapes and pears, it is still a polyol,
can cause gastro-intestinal distress. Bloating, gas and diarrhea are
common side effects of sugar alcohols, and since erythritol is
fermented with some sort of yeast, people who are allergic to types of
yeast may experience discomfort.
Rebiana: Cargill's stevia
extract based on rebaudioside
A, but clearly altered somehow so that
the manufacturing process can be patented. Exactly how this process
takes place, we can't be sure.
Natural flavors: very vague
indeed. There's no real telling what they mean by this, and don't you
like to know what ingredients are in your food? I sure do!
why the suspicion about Truvia as a sweetener - leaving aside
whether it's natural or artificial? Well, it seems that a lot
are experiencing unwanted
side effects upon consuming this sweetener,
especially in its tabletop form which is sold in packets.
individuals claim that they
have never experienced any problems with stevia before, but since
they're using Cargill's sweetener, they have been suffering from all
sorts of ailments: a bad metallic taste and bad breath, mouth sores,
dizziness and headaches, muscle pains, abdominal pain and diarrhea,
there seems to be no way of definitely pinpointing which element of the
product causes these side effects, but it's best to be aware of the
risks associated with the use of Truvia.
All controversy aside,
the safest and healthiest way of sweetening your food and beverages,
will always be stevia sweetener in
the raw. So you might want to
consider growing stevia yourself. That way, at least you know for sure
what's on your plate or in your tea.
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