Results of a 2009 study showed that stevia extract had “positive and encouraging effects” on overall cholesterol profiles. It’s important to note that researchers also found that there were no adverse stevia side effects on the health status of the subjects involved in this stevia study. Researchers concluded that stevia extract effectively decreases elevated serum cholesterol levels, including triglycerides and LDL (“bad cholesterol”) ,while increasing good HDL cholesterol . ( 14 ) You could say stevia results in the best of both worlds when it comes to cholesterol numbers.
Thanks so much for the information on Splenda. I have been a heavy user of Splenda (Coffee, on my Oatmeal, other foods that are enhanced with “sugar”, etc.) I have never had problems with dryness of the mouth or significantly chapped lips. Even when I was in the Korean War and slept in foxholes outside where the temperature at times was 20 to 30 degrees below zero, I did not suffer from chapped lips or dryness of the mouth. Lately however, I have encountered a significant dryness of my lips (to the point of splitting and bleeding)and dryness in the front inside of my mouth. Reacting normally to the dry lips, I have tried practically every lip balm on the market; however, while I have enjoyed temporary relief at times, the dryness has returned like clock work. I have been trying to isolate foods/drinks/alcohol/etc. in my diet in an attempt to pinpoint what might be causing this dryness. I have not been able to identify what has been causing my problem. Now, after reading about Splenda (Sucralose) and reading the testimonies of others, I on this day am removing all Splenda from my diet because it is very possible that with my heavy use of Splenda, I have ingested a significant amount of chlorine. I will monitor any changes in the dryness of my mouth and the chapness of my lips and let you know if there have been any relief. Thanks so much for the information on Splenda.
Gilbert, Arizona-based Wisdom Natural Brands is the parentcompany of five highly respected consumer brands: SweetLeaf Stevia, Wisdom of the Ancients Yerba Mate, Sweet and Slender Natural Sweetener, Wisdom Nutrition, and La Merced Organic Yerba Mate. James May, the founder of Wisdom Natural Brands, was involved in bringing stevia to the United States over 20 years ago. The company is now the leading US manufacturer of stevia and offers a full line of SweetLeaf Stevia products. They are available in convenient single-serving packets, liquid, powder, tabs, and concentrate, including their best-selling product, SweetLeaf SteviaPlus, which was developed by James' son, Steve. Together, this father-and-son team has introduced millions of people in North America to stevia. At a time when producers and consumers are increasingly drawn to products that claim to be all-natural, low calorie, and low in carbs, stevia has caught the eye of health conscious consumers. It has been around for centuries and is just now becoming the rage with the sugar-shunning crowd in part because of the popularity of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets that discourage sweets. Stevia is a nutritional supplement that adds a naturally sweet taste to your current diet. Made from an intensely sweet extract of natural stevia leaves, it has zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index.