But most of them are artificial and some are so dangerous they’ve been scientifically documented to induce cancerous tumours and other diseases. Luckily for us, there’s a (not so new anymore) boy in town – Stevia.
This cheap sugar alternative comes directly from the soil, is very easy to grow on your own, and is claimed to be successfuly used for centuries by Latin American natives.
Indeed a very sad fate for a human being genetically hardwired for optimal fitness, vibrant health and sexy times.
Sugar substitutes and alternatives have shown themselves everywhere – from the notorious Aspartame to Saccharin and Sucralose.
Researchers impaired the memory of mice through the use of scopolamine (an I’d be very interested to read further studies about the effects of stevia on memory preservation on humans.
Who knows, perhaps an unexpected alternative treatment for Alzheimer was right under our nose all this time?
And because obesity, cancer and diabetes are very often associated with insulin resistance and high levels of oxidative stress and inflammation, stevia seems to be a king sweetener not only for diabetics looking for a zero-carb natural sweetener but for a wide array of the population as well. Stevia and Cancer One Japanese study from the studied 50 male and 50 female rats in three groups for a period of two years.
One group received stevioside at a concentration of 2.5% of their diet, second group 5%, and the third group served as a control and received no stevioside. Though there was a significant decrease in the final survival rate of the 5% treated rats, there was no noticeable difference in the organs and tissues of all groups when examined under a microscope, and females who took stevioside had a reduced occurrence of breast cancer tumours, and males showed a lesser severity of kidney damage.
It took me weeks to go through the hundreds of available studies and compile them into this refined, easy-to-digest resource.
By the time you’re done, you’ll know more about stevia side effects, benefits and overall safety than 99.99% of doctors worldwide. *** If you’re an avid reader here, you must already know that disease and dark dangers lurk beneath the pearly whiteness of sugar.
Too much of it makes you moody, fat and eventually sick and diabetic.
Stevia and Atherosclerosis Researchers fed 12-week old mice with 10mg/kg dose of stevioside next to a placebo group and found out that stevioside inhibits atherosclerosis by improving insulin signaling and antioxidant defense in obese insulin-resistant mice.
The mice had lower glucose and insulin levels (diabetes people, rejoice!
Yes, stevia is much sweeter than sugar and contains no carbohydrates or calories and everybody knows that. Native latin-American used it for centuries as a sweet treat and breath-freshener, but do their claims of stevia being a health food with medicinal properties by itself hold any basis in reality?