By JoJoCooks Latest Reply 2012-05-12 11:41:58 -0500
Started 2008-07-10 07:36:41 -0500

Does anyone know where to buy Stevia??? Can we even get it in the US??? I have read great things about it in Toma's book and would love to try it.

15 replies

CarlyleA 2012-05-12 11:41:58 -0500 Report

Hello all, I buy Stevia / Pure Via at Ralph's and WinCo here in CA. Great product, tastes good and has definitely helped with lowering my BS. Carry some packs with me when we go out to eat.

mcroberts 2012-03-25 12:25:44 -0500 Report

my mom found it at walmart, and i have also seen it in the dollar genral store. with anything use in moderation. good luck

JoJoCooks 2008-07-21 01:11:39 -0500 Report

Hi Everyone,

My father is actually in South America as we speak. He found Stevia for me there in its purest form for about $1.50 so I am excited to try it out. I have also been using Splenda which I love. Thanks for all the comments and words of wisdom. I really appreicate it.


Goddess 2008-07-19 11:33:23 -0500 Report

Thank you Gabby.You are amazaing. Stevia is a whole lot sweeter and takes a lot less to use.I bought mine at GNC.

GabbyPA 2008-07-11 13:00:47 -0500 Report

I read the report that John posted and it is basically saying that Stevia is not safe. I think the FDA is not to be trusted too much after watching the DVD I posted about how they approved Aspertame and Sucrulose (Splenda) These are chemicals that attack us, at least Stevia is natural and like anything we just have to be careful of how we consume it. I also posted there that we have changed from our ancestors who consumed 4 pounds of honey a year to people who consume 149 pounds of refined sugar a year. Cutting out refined sweeteners is ideal. I like Stevia, and you don't have to use much. It is very sweet. But I only use 1-2 servings a day. At least it is not pickeling my insides and giving me headaches...or worse.
Does anyone know the effects of honey on our BG? It is natural, but very high in carbs, not as sweet, but with more flavor. Is it a viable alternative?

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-11 13:17:42 -0500 Report

I don't use Splenda in my tea or coffee and I rarely drink diet colas. But there are times I do want something sweet, like baked beans or pudding, etc. I feel like I've cut so many carbs and don't drink and don't smoke I can have this Splenda vice! In fact, my friend just gave me a box of fresh picked plums and I am going to make a plum pie. I love to bake and this will make me happy. Being happy helps me manage my diabetes better. I am going to try the Stevia, I'm always open to something new. Thanks for all the info.


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JP - 14811 2008-07-11 16:38:45 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby,
Honey has the same affect as sugar on blood sugar if I remember right. I use Blue Agave Nectar now and it's very sweet and thick like honey but tastes like sugar. It's low on the glycemic index and hasn't affected my blood sugar at all.

I do use honey for some recipes and for cuts, yup honey is a natural disinfectant and has antibiotic properties. I had a cut on my hand and put a drop of honey on it and a bandaid to cover it and in a day or two it was almost gone.

Nice benefit!!

*Judy (JP)

GabbyPA 2008-07-12 10:58:51 -0500 Report

I found Agave Nectar on line for a good price and will have to try it. Today I purchased some raw sugar to see how it works when I mix it with xyletol or stevia. This weekend I am going to experiment with a traditional hermit bar recipe to make it more BG friendly.
I didn't know that honey had healing properties, but then, it is a most wonderful food. I use aloe for many of those kinds of things, but I will have to give honey a try. I can keep it in my first aid kit and it can serve two purposes. I like that!

GabbyPA 2008-07-20 04:00:36 -0500 Report

The Agave nectar is very nice. Not quite as thick as honey, but has a great flavor and disolves rapidly. I use it in my tea or my morning aloe vera concoxion.
I did use 1/2C raw sugar and 1/2C xylitol yesterday in some home made lemonaid and it was wonderful. It gave it a richer flavor closer to cane and I was surprised that it didn't send my BG thru the roof. We had it for dinner and when I tested this morning, I was 30 points lower than I had been all week, so at least it is not such a contributor for me. I wouldn't drink lots of it, but it was a nice change from iced tea.

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-11 03:06:50 -0500 Report

If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they carry it. I still haven't made the switch from Splenda.

Elfin 2008-07-11 04:18:38 -0500 Report

My daughter uses Stevia in her iced tea and says it very sweet with no after taste. Buys i at a natural foods store I believe. Like everything else about diabetes, we have to use moderation. :-D

Resarchers report high "a high dosage". What is a high dosage? We need to look further into research. As it is, the circle of acceptable sweeteners gets smaller and smaller until we just have sugar left. Which presents another set of problems with us.
Oh, well, I guess I'll just drink my tea without sweetener. No big deal as I have already cut our asparatame and splenda! What next?:-)

jupton1 2008-07-10 09:48:59 -0500 Report

After checking on this product Im not so sure I would use it..>How Sweet It Is
Stevia (STEE-vee-uh) is a South American shrub whose leaves have been used for centuries by native peoples in Paraguay and Brazil to sweeten their yerba mate and other stimulant beverages.
Stevioside, the main ingredient in stevia (the two terms are often used interchangeably), is virtually calorie-free and hundreds of times sweeter than table sugar. “So it appeals to many people as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners,” says Mark Blumenthal of the pro-herb American Botanical Council in Austin, Texas.

While Japanese manufacturers have used stevia since the early 1970s to sweeten pickles and other foods, the FDA has turned down three industry requests to use stevia in foods in the U.S.

That’s why you don’t see stevia on supermarket shelves next to the Sweet’N Low or Equal. But you can buy it in health food stores as a dietary supplement. The FDA has little control over supplements.

Why hasn’t the FDA approved stevia? “We don’t have enough data to conclude that the use [in food] would be safe,” the agency stated in 1994.

The U.S. isn’t alone. Canada doesn’t allow food companies to add stevia to their products. Nor does the European Union.

Last year, the scientific panel that reviews the safety of food ingredients for the EU concluded that stevioside is “not acceptable” as a sweetener because of unresolved concerns about its toxicity. In 1998, a United Nations expert panel came to essentially the same conclusion.

The Problem with Stevia
To stevia’s boosters, there’s no debate. The herb has been consumed without apparent harm in different parts of the world for many years, they argue. No reports of any adverse reactions have surfaced after 30 years of use in Japan, for instance.

“But the Japanese don’t consume large amounts of stevia,” notes Douglas Kinghorn, professor of pharmacognosy (the study of drugs from plants) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“In the U.S., we like to go to extremes,” adds toxicologist Ryan Huxtable of the University of Arizona in Tucson. “So a significant number of people here might consume much greater amounts.”

Here’s what troubles toxicologists:

Reproductive problems. Stevioside “seems to affect the male reproductive organ system,” European scientists concluded last year. When male rats were fed high doses of stevioside for 22 months, sperm production was reduced, the weight of seminal vesicles (which produce seminal fluid) declined, and there was an increase in cell proliferation in their testicles, which could cause infertility or other problems.1 And when female hamsters were fed large amounts of a derivative of stevioside called steviol, they had fewer and smaller offspring.2 Would small amounts of stevia also cause reproductive problems? No one knows.

Cancer. In the laboratory, steviol can be converted into a mutagenic compound, which may promote cancer by causing mutations in the cells’ genetic material (DNA). “We don’t know if the conversion of stevioside to steviol to a mutagen happens in humans,” says Huxtable. “It’s probably a minor issue, but it clearly needs to be resolved.”

Energy metabolism. Very large amounts of stevioside can interfere with the absorption of carbohydrates in animals and disrupt the conversion of food into energy within cells. “This may be of particular concern for children,” says Huxtable.

The bottom line: If you use stevia sparingly (once or twice a day in a cup of tea, for example), it isn’t a great threat to you. But if stevia were marketed widely and used in diet sodas, it would be consumed by millions of people. And that might pose a public health threat. I WOULDNT USE THIS PRODUCT..JU>IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A REPORT FROM THE FDA,Click on this link >>

JoJoCooks 2008-07-11 01:19:22 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply JU..I guess I will have to do a little more research before I make a decision..I use Splenda now and love it, just read about it and wondered. Have a fantastic weekend and thanks again for your advice.


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