Stevia in the Raw™
Stevia is not Stevia in the Raw™
Stevia is grown in subtropical an tropical parts of North and South America. It is in the sunflower family and is known for its natural sweetness. It has 300 times the sweetness of natural sugar and makes no impact on blood sugar levels, making it a great choice for diabetics or those on low carb diets. (Trivia: The first person to discover Stevia was Spanish Botanist, Petrus Jacobus Stevus, (1500-1556) and thus the name “stevia”).
The Guarani people from Paraguay have
used this plant for over 1,500 years for hypertension, heartburn, and to
help lower uric acid levels (gout). In spite of this, the FDA banned it in the early 1990s unless it was specifically labeled a dietary supplement.
The most common of the 240 species is
stevia rebaudiana (pictured, right).
So what’s wrong with Stevia in the Raw™?
1) Stevia in the Raw™ is 95% dextrose.
Dextrose is derived from Glucose. It can be made synthetically from starch. It is also known as corn sugar or grape sugar. This sugar is not a good choice for sustained fat loss. (While it may be ok to use while building muscle, it can wreak havoc on any fat-burning efforts.)
2) There are label loopholes that dupe the ignorant public into believing certain foods are “healthy. ” Stevia in the Raw™ has 4 calories per serving; label manufacturers can manipulate serving sizes to be able to call a substance “calorie-free” by reducing the serving sizes…and this is all legal (not to mention deceptive)!
3) Buy pure Stevia (organic) in powder or liquid form. If you order Stevia produced in other countries like China, you really don’t know what you are buying.
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