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|11/14/2014 - As the dangers associated with refined sugar consumption go mainstream, many people are looking for safe alternatives to satisfy their sweet tooth. And two of the more popular sweetener alternatives on the market today, Stevia and Splenda, claim to provide a safe dose of sweet without the calories and...|
|7/16/2014 - The FDA is amending their food additive regulations to provide for the "safe" use of advantame, after receiving a petition from Ajinomoto Co., Inc., a Japanese company which produces most of the world's MSG as well as being a major supplier of aspartame. (1, 2) It will be marketed as a non-nutritive...|
|7/2/2014 - Junk food manufacturers are constantly developing new tactics to capture the public's dollar. The low-fat, sugar-free craze, for instance, has generated a profusion of "diet" junk foods laced with artificial sweetener chemicals like sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), both of which...|
|6/5/2014 - Truvia sweetener is made from about 99.5% erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and 0.5% rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant (but not at all the same thing as stevia). A shocking new study published in the journal PLOS ONE (1) has found that Truvia, an alternative sweetener manufactured by food giant...|
|5/23/2014 - There are usually four choices of drink sweeteners at every convenient store, restaurant and coffee shop, and you're lucky if they are carrying a package that's brown and comes from Hawaii. Otherwise, if you're ripping the top off some "no calorie sweetener" whose name starts with an "S," an "N" or...|
|5/16/2014 - Stevia is a natural sweetener extracted from the stevia rebaudiana plant. This plant grows in Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, Korea, China and Thailand. The Guarani Indians in Paraguay have, for centuries, used stevia leaves to sweeten teas and healing potions. They have also chewed it just for pleasure. In...|
|4/25/2014 - People who prefer to sweeten their foods do not have to rely solely on refined sugar or artificial sweeteners to accomplish the task. There are several sources that produce the sweet taste many people crave without adding the calories most people are constantly trying to avoid. The important thing when...|
|4/22/2014 - A bit of a flap occurred recently when a new sweetener product was introduced by the processed food industry with claims that it was designated by the FDA as generally recognized as safe (GRAS). But the FDA denied that, because they didn't say it was GRAS.
That doesn't mean that the GRAS label comes...|
|3/20/2014 - A new natural sweetener has been discovered which may prove to be an effective deterrent against diabetes and obesity. Made from the same plant as tequila, the sugar substitute lowers blood sugar levels and provides a source of dietary fiber. Considering almost 26 million Americans struggle with type...|
|12/7/2013 - If you don't know by now, stevia is a plant that grows in Brazil that tastes naturally sweet; therefore, it is dried out and ground up and is a great substitute for sugar, eliminating unwanted calories. It does have a little aftertaste, as if it was artificial, but it is not. Stevia is becoming easier...|
|11/21/2013 - Sugar has definitely become the poster child of all things wrong with our health. Our overconsumption of the sweet white stuff has shouldered the blame for a rise in diabetes, obesity, attention problems, arthritis, cancer and several other diseases. So is ALL sugar bad, and what 'sweet' alternatives...|
|10/16/2013 - The other day, I was standing in line at the grocery store behind a woman who stacked up three 12-packs of diet soda on the conveyor belt, including Dr. Pepper, Diet Pepsi and one other brand. I bet you money that, if you hid this woman's soda from her after she got home, she would have a panic attack...|
|8/6/2013 - Is Acesulfame Potassium in your protein shake? Is this synthetic funk, also known as "Acesulfame-K," in your chewing gum? What is this stuff really made from and what does it do to your body? Is it just like Aspartame, a known cancer causing and genetically modified sweetener? Does it mess with your...|
|3/26/2013 - Perhaps you've seen it while strolling down the baking aisle at your local health food store -- Swerve, the "all-natural sweetener" with no synthetic chemicals, no aspartame, and no genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). But is Swerve really a healthy sweetening alternative for health-conscious individuals...|
|2/19/2013 - A new study by scientists from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington found that the bulk of the popular sweetener Splenda, which is used all over the world, is winding up in the Gulf Stream, the "conveyor belt of water transport" that circulates in the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of North...|
|8/21/2012 - Evidence shows that humans have been collecting and using honey for thousands of years. Humans have used honey in multiple ways, consuming it as an edible food and also using honey as a topical cream.
The first sign of humans gathering honey is a six thousand-year-old cave painting in Valencia, Spain,...|
|5/3/2012 - Due to our society's love of sugar, scientists have been able to synthetically produce artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers. These artificial sweeteners give us the same pleasure as sugar without the calories and dangerous effects on insulin signaling and triglyceride formation. This includes...|
|2/6/2012 10:56:22 AM - Correction: The original version of this article stated that some U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic products may contain neotame. Since the publishing of this article, NaturalNews has obtained a letter from the USDA's National Organic Program Deputy Administrator, Miles McEvoy, explaining...|
|12/11/2011 - Artificial Sweetener Disease (ASD) is sweeping across America, affecting tens of thousands of consumers, and Western medicine calls it anything but what it really is, so that doctors can prescribe expensive pharmaceuticals and set up "check up" appointments for the following weeks.
Call it recurring...|
|10/19/2011 - Splenda Essentials, the latest marketing venture from the makers of Splenda, includes vitamins, amino acids, and sometimes even fiber. In an attempt to win over uneducated consumers, the half real, half synthetic sweetener now sounds like it might actually be a healthy choice, but if a company sprinkled...|
|7/24/2011 - Contrary to popular belief, diet soda and other foods and beverages made with artificial sweeteners like aspartame are not healthy, and they do not bring about weight loss.
A landmark new study out of Texas confirms this, having found that not only do diet sodas not help with weight loss, but they...|
|6/29/2011 - Over the last two years, we've witnessed a mass exodus away from agave nectar and a search for more natural sweeteners that are both low on the glycemic index and high in nutrient density. Several candidates have emerged, but my all-out favorite has become coconut sugar, which is really more like a...|
|3/2/2011 - Fructose has been implicated as a driving force behind a number of chronic illnesses including metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Scientists have theorized that the fruit-based sweetener derived most commonly from corn is a primary mechanism that has fueled the obesity epidemic....|
|2/23/2011 - Corn sugar? It's high-fructose corn syrup by any other name, and it's dangerous. What sweeteners are safe? What's not? You may be surprised at the latest research.
Last September, manufacturers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) asked the federal government for permission to sweeten its image with...|
|1/14/2011 - Honey provides a natural sweetener that can be used instead of sugar. Honey is a whole food that comes from plant nectar and does not raise blood sugar as other simple sugars do. Honey also contains a variety of minerals and vitamins and has a long history as a healing food. Honey has been used as an...|
|6/24/2010 - Health conscious people have turned to two natural sweetener alternatives, stevia and agave nectar, thanks to increasing awareness of the dangers of chemical sweeteners. We are fortunate to live in an age where we have so many natural alternatives to potentially dangerous chemical sweeteners.
|6/15/2010 - The search for healthy, natural sweeteners sometimes seems to involve a whirlwind of information. I've been writing about stevia since 1997 -- back in the day when the FDA was actually seizing stevia products and threatening to arrest the owners of stevia companies. But today, stevia is now widely accepted...|
|2/12/2010 - In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes...|
|9/25/2009 - Many South American cultures enjoy traditional healthy foods and culinary treats. If you were to visit Peru, you may be surprised to find that lucuma flavored ice cream is more popular than vanilla or chocolate. Lucuma is a South American fruit that is gaining popularity as a healthy, whole fruit sweetener....|
|7/1/2009 - A new study investigating the ability of water treatment facilities to remove artificial sweeteners from municipal water supplies has found that significant amounts remain despite the implementation of high-tech industrial water purification.
Researchers from the Water Technology Centre in Karlsruhe,...|
|6/17/2009 - According to the Corn Refiners Association, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is no worse for you than any other dietary carbohydrate. Many health experts, however, disagree, warning consumers that HFCS is strongly correlated with diabetes and obesity.
Today, we bring you selected quotes about HFCS...|
|2/24/2009 - Home made bread saves money both at its production and in the long run. Using fresh ingredients will cost less than a store-bought loaf. The bread which results will be nutritious and tasty, with endless variety. Many people fear that making bread is a long and complicated process. Instead you will...|
|12/22/2008 - We've all heard about stevia, agave nectar, brown rice syrup and other natural sweeteners, but now a new sweetener derived from a West African berry has been successfully synthesized in a form compatible with mass production, and the company Natur Research Ingredients expects to make it commercially...|
|7/30/2008 - Extracts from the leaf of the Stevia plant have been found to be high in antioxidants that prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer, according to a new Indian study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. "These results indicate that Stevia rebaudiana may be useful as a potential...|
|3/6/2008 - If you are among those calorie-conscious consumers who opt for diet sodas or other diet products, you may actually ruin your health and become fat, according to several new studies.
A Purdue University study published 10 February 2008 in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience reported that rats on diets...|
|2/15/2008 - Our love-hate relationship with sweeteners has often been a question of choosing one's poisons, as no choice has been without its problems. Sugar and artificial sweeteners tend to disrupt satiety, which causes overeating, spike the fat storing hormone insulin and lead to age-accelerating molecules....|
|2/6/2008 - The FDA has ruled that the synthetic sweetener isomaltulose does not promote tooth decay, thereby giving the green light to manufacturers making certain claims on products that contain it.
The FDA concluded that isomaltulose, marketed by the German company Palatint as Palatinose, is non-cariogenic,...|
|1/31/2008 - The FDA has sent a warning letter to the Hain Celestial Group, instructing the natural and organic food producer to relabel certain products that contain the sweetener stevia. The letter concerned the Celestial Zingers To Go tea and drink mix products, which the FDA charges are being labeled and marketed...|
|9/27/2007 - A new, stevia-based sweetener is now available in major retail outlets across the United States, even though stevia has yet to be approved as a food additive, according to the product's manufacturer.
Sunwin Stevia International, a subsidiary stevia manufacturer of Sunwin International Neutraceuticals,...|
|3/15/2007 - Health Canada, the country's ministry of health, is considering lifting a 30-year ban on the artificial sweetener saccharin. According to ministry officials, new information has come to light that raises questions about whether the sweetener is truly carcinogenic or not.
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|6/1/2005 - The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently announced a three-year, multi-million dollar alliance with Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB) to help combat obesity and diabetes in America by stressing the importance of making smart nutritional choices.
According to an ADA press release...|
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