Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Stevia Story

As a rule I like to write my own take on a subject, but this is such important information, I just didn't want to lose a single word that might reduce the overall message.

Thanks for reading!

Bea Kunz


A TALE OF INCREDIBLE SWEETNESS AND INTRIGUE

If you've ever tasted stevia, you know it's extremely sweet. In fact, this remarkable noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, has been used as a sweetener and flavor enhancer for centuries. But this innocuous-looking plant has also been a focal point of intrigue in the United States in recent years because of actions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The subject of searches and seizures, trade complaints and embargoes on importation, stevia has been handled at times by the FDA as if it were an illegal drug.

Since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), stevia can be sold legally in the United States, but only as a "dietary supplement." Even so, it can be found in many forms in most health-food stores, and is also incorporated into drinks, teas and other items (all labeled as "dietary supplements"). It cannot, however, be called a "sweetener" or even referred to as "sweet." To do so would render the product "adulterated," according to the FDA, and make it again subject to seizure.

The purpose of our Web site is to provide as much information about stevia as possible, from the scientific studies regarding its safety to the petitions submitted by the Lipton Tea Company and the American Herbal Products Association. Stevia.net will be an ongoing project for us at Body Ecology, so check back often, as we will be augmenting and updating this information frequently.


Why is the Center for Science in the Public Interest misleading the public about stevia? Contradictory comments and misleading statements are exposed: See story. Also: Commentary from the Providence Journal


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If you would like to know more about this article you can find it here: http://www.stevia.net

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SteviaInfo.com said...

As it turns out there is a very good chance that stevia will get approved by the FDA in the next year or so. The problem so far is simply that no private company wants to put up the money for the testing procedures when they can't have any kind of monoply on sales of the herb. However, USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank are considering jointly funding the testing project, with the hopes of stimulating agricultural production in some of the countries where they work. You can find more information on SteviaInfo.com

BeaK. said...

Very much appreciated, this is awesome news and I will surely follow up and stay alert to the developments in the coming months.

Thank you so much for the time, effort and information you provide.

Bea Kunz
http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com

Chef Gigi said...

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrr- The "FDA"- Rrrrrrrrrr! But hormones in milk are ok - Rrrrrrrrr- Oh -did i I say that already?

BeaK. said...

Chef gigi, couldn't have said it better myself!

Thanks for your post.

Bea K.