Stevia sweetener (300 tablets) £2.99 instead of £3.99 @ Sainsburys
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Stevia sweetener (300 tablets) £2.99 instead of £3.99 @ Sainsburys

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Found 17th Apr 2012
I've been doing a lot of reading about nutrition recently and I discovered that Stevia is the best sweetener you can have - it does not have calories or carbohydrates and it is natural (I was in the habit of using fructose, but stevia seems to be a lot better). Currently 25% off at Sainsbury's, instore and online.

Stevia is a South American herb used as a natural sweetener for centuries. The leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant have a refreshing taste, zero glycemic index, zero calories and zero carbs. It is 25-30 times sweeter than sugar, and far more healthy.

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u right lot of good rewievs, and one of the best they reckon
Stevia has no blood sugar impact, and it is virtually calorie free. The leaves of the stevia rebaudiana plant, which is the sweet variety of this plant family, are about 15 times as sweet as sugar.



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to be honest I have not tried it yet, but I'm making efforts to be in Ketosis (burn fat instead of sugar) and for that you need to keep carbohydrate levels at the lowest possible. I cannot drink unsweetened coffee and this seems a great idea (I would never go near any artificial sweetener!)

Ingredients: Steviol Glycosides, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, L-Leucine, Sweetener: Thaumatin.
That doesn't read to me like a "herb used as a natural sweetener for centuries".
In fact, apart from one, none of the active ingredients have anything to do with the Stevia plant so boldly named on the packet.

I'm no scientist, but it probably needs to be mixed with Sodium Carbonate to become soluble.

I used it in February and had a reaction to it that lasted over a month. Terrible stomach pains and acid reflux flared up. I googled 'stevia side effects' and 'Truvia Side effects' and found out that others have had unexplained problems attributed to these products. I believe the natural Stevia plant is a natural sweetener and safe but in these commercialized forms may not be so good for us!

In my opinion, the bulk of most peoples calorie intake is derived from fat, not sugars.
Edited by: "kevlaw" 17th Apr 2012

keviaw

"In my opinion, the bulk of most peoples calorie intake is derived from fat, not sugars."

I disagree...

Just about everything you eat now is loaded with sugar..There's even 5g sugar per 100mls milk
That's one heaped teaspoon per 100mls or 10 heaped teaspoons per litre, just in milk (skimmed milk as well)
Just read the labels of most popular foods for sugar content...ALARMING!!!

Sugar raises insulin levels, insulin is the hormone needed to regulate carbs and fat metabolism
Insulin controls fat storage in the body, the lower the insulin levels, the lower storage

To be healthy is now claimed to eat only:
5 portions of Carbohydrate (20g = 1 portion)
and less than 20g of sugar per day!

Looking at the labels of processed foods you'll see: Carbohydrate = , and of which are sugars
This will indicate the level of sugar added to the product
WE are all eating too much sugar

cburns

keviaw"In my opinion, the bulk of most peoples calorie intake is derived … keviaw"In my opinion, the bulk of most peoples calorie intake is derived from fat, not sugars."I disagree...Just about everything you eat now is loaded with sugar..There's even 5g sugar per 100mls milkThat's one heaped teaspoon per 100mls or 10 heaped teaspoons per litre, just in milk (skimmed milk as well)Just read the labels of most popular foods for sugar content...ALARMING!!!Sugar raises insulin levels, insulin is the hormone needed to regulate carbs and fat metabolismInsulin controls fat storage in the body, the lower the insulin levels, the lower storageTo be healthy is now claimed to eat only:5 portions of Carbohydrate (20g = 1 portion) and less than 20g of sugar per day!Looking at the labels of processed foods you'll see: Carbohydrate = , and of which are sugarsThis will indicate the level of sugar added to the productWE are all eating too much sugar



I was specifically talking about calorie intake. Healthy eating is a whole different subject.

What I was suggesting, is that in my opinion it is pointless changing from having a spoonful of sugar in your tea to using a sweetener if you are not also going to address your fat consumption.

While what you are saying is correct, I don't agree that it affects the validity of my point, nor is it possible to extract the sugar in the foods you buy to replace with something like this. It will take a very radical shift in consumer demand to alter the problem that you highlight.

Original Poster

I'm no expert, but I've been doing a lot of reading about nutrition lately. I want to lose weight, I've lost some but now I've reached a plateau so I was wondering what else can I do to start shifting weight down again. I also discovered that I suffer from hyperacidity.

I have now started to lose weight again by being in Ketosis (make by body burn fat, not sugar). To do that you have to keep carbohydrate intake to lower than 50g/day (healthy fat apparently does not count).

I read that stevia not only has no carbohydrates, but is highly promoted in the Alkaline style diet, as is the sweetener that produces the least acidity (sugar produces a lot).

I hope that makes sense to some. It is amazing do discover that after reducing carbohydrates (pastry, sugar) and don't give up in the first few days, you really start to lose the cravings for it and you feel much better.

i dont know, im baffled, i only have a few cups of tea a day, you know, last week i was reading the tomato packet, im sad, i know, and tomatoes have fat in them?. about o.1g of fat, but how the heck does a tomato have fat in it?.

everything is confusing nowadays, get off fat, onto fruit, then fruit are bad for us, then water, eggs, air!,

Original Poster

Tomatoes have minuscule amounts of fat. However, fat from vegs/fruits is very good for you. Take avocados, they are full of fat, but GOOD fat. The same with olives, olive oil is good for you (as is the avocado oil too). One of the best things you can eat is CHIA SEEDS, they are full of omega 3 fat, very beneficial for you.

However, there is no disagreement that sugar is bad for you. Only that is sooooo yummy!
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