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Dr. Julian Whitaker's Health & Healing®
This is a Tale of Two Sweeteners, full of sound and fury,
signifying that the FDA has sold you and your kids to the drug companies
again, and you are unwitting receptacles of a sweetener that has obvious
toxicity. The FDA has blocked the use of a natural sweetener that is
If you drink diet sodas or add Equal or NutraSweet to your
coffee, listen up. These sweeteners contain aspartame, which was first
approved by the FDA in 1974. That approval was rescinded because of two
studies showing that the substance caused brain tumors in laboratory
These studies were never refuted, and the additive was
approved in spite of these studies, in 1981, and for soft drinks in 1983.
According to National Cancer Institute data, there was an alarming jump in
the incidence of brain tumors in 1983 - 1987. The estimated annual percent
change (EAPC) rose from 2.1% to 8.1% in males, and from 2.1% to 11.7% in
females. This could be related to the consumption of aspartame-sweetened
Aspartame has both potential and real toxicities. My associate editor, Jane Heimlich, wrote about the effects of aspartame in the January 1993 Health & Healing, and I have suggested alternative natural sweeteners such as Sucanat and honey.
However, there is a natural, non-caloric sweetener that is totally safe - stevia.
Natural, Non-Toxic, Calorie-Free Sweetener
Scary Truth About Aspartame
Ralph G. Walton, M.D., Chairman of the Center of Behavioral
Medicine of the Western Reserve Care System, has published accounts of how
the excitatory characteristics of aspartame could lower the threshold for
and even cause seizures, mania, depression, or other psychological or
central nervous system disorders. In one study, he demonstrated that
people with a history of mood disorders had a significantly higher number
of adverse reactions to aspartame than those with no such history. He
estimated that considering everything that the substance could do, about
35% of the population is vulnerable to an adverse reaction to aspartame.
Even though many of these reports are anecdotal, they are
quite credible, given the chemistry of aspartame. Brain/mood symptoms
brought on by aspartame could easily be caused by the changes in brain
chemistry triggered by elevated phenylalanine.
There have been numerous studies showing aspartame's safety. My complaint with these is that the studies used aspartame capsules rather than the commonly used form of aspartame mixed and stored in food.
Alcohol" in Your Food
Methanol is specifically toxic to the optic nerve, and caused blindness in people who drank "bootlegged" whiskey that contained it. The poisoning effects of taking methanol are cumulative.
A pilot, George E. Leighton, experienced such sever blurred vision while flying that he couldn't even read the instrument panel and barely averted a crash landing. This occurred two hours after he inadvertently drank two cups of aspartame-sweetened hot chocolate. He has consumed no aspartame since, nor has he had any blurred vision. Other pilots had seizures which they are convinced were caused by aspartame, and have lost their licenses as a result.
Stevia Got Stonewalled by the FDA
Of the two sweeteners, stevia wins hands down for safety. Yet your children guzzle excitatory chemicals laced with methanol.
Stevia gained popularity in this country in the 1980's as a safe sweetener. Celestial Seasonings, one of the world's largest herbal tea companies, used it as a flavoring in many of the teas. In 1986, without warning, the FDA came into their warehouse and seized their stock of stevia. No reason was given for seizure; the company was simply told they could not use it in the teas.
In 1991 the FDA banned stevia, claiming that it was an
"unsafe food additive," even though it is available in many
other countries. The obvious reason for the seizure and the ban on stevia
was to prevent it from competing with aspartame. [Following the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Safety
Act (DSHEA) in 1994, Stevia is once again available in the U.S.]
[Following the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Safety Act (DSHEA) in 1994, Stevia is once again available in the U.S.]
As a Flavor Enhancer
The active constituents of stevia are considered by the
world's leading food scientists as the "sweeteners of the
future." Therefore, every new development in the area of stevia
research is anxiously awaited and thoroughly analyzed when it appears.
Countries in which the currently used artificial sweeteners are on the
brink of being banned are desperately trying to find new, safe,
non-caloric sweeteners. And in other countries, firms that hold exclusive
rights to currently used sweeteners are extremely fearful of the advent of
new, safer sweeteners, over which they will have no control. For these
firms, the emergence of a totally natural, non-patentable sweetener is the
ultimate horror. Stevia, whether these firms like it or not, will one day
have a dramatic impact on all countries of the world. The necessary forces
simply need to be properly aligned, the raging fury of mega-monstrous
companies firmly bridled by caring governments, and the supply of stevia
raised to meet the enormous demand.
Steviosides and rebaudiosides are the principal constituents
of diterpene glucosides with differing sugar molecules attached, as found
in the leaves of the stevia plant. Extracted, they are currently being
used as sweetening agents in several countries, including Japan, China,
Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Uruguay, Brazil, and Paraguay. In Japan,
commercialization of stevia was very rapid, beginning with the ban of
artificial sweeteners during the 1960's. In 1970 the Japanese National
Institute of Health began importing stevia for investigation, and by 1980
it was being used in hundreds of food products throughout the country.
However, it is important to note that stevia does not lower blood glucose levels in normal subjects. In one study, rats were fed crude extracts of stevia leaves for 56 days at a rate of 0.5 to 1.0 gram extract per day. These procedures were replicated by another team of scientists.7,8 Neither group observed a hypoglycemic action. Similar negative results have been obtained by other observers.9 Then there is research in which the findings show trends toward hypoglycemic action, but are inconclusive.10,11 In at least one of these studies, alloxan-diabetic rabbits were used. The authors felt the results supported an anti-diabetic action, but the results were transient at best.
To date, the experimental research on the effects of stevia on blood sugar levels in human patients with either diabetes or hypoglycemia is sparse. The general feeling in the scientific community is that the mild acting nature of the plant and its total lack of toxic side effects argues against the need for extensive and expensive research programs.
However, many of the anecdotes reporting a definite and significant blood sugar lowering action in diabetics, and a pronounced exhilarating effect in hypoglycemics, are sound enough to justify considerable experimental work in the area. Perhaps, when this missing piece to the puzzle is supplied, we will then have a better understanding of how stevia works - why, for example, many diabetic humans experience a profound lowering of blood sugar levels following the ingestion of several cups of stevia tea (24-32 oz.) during the course of a 24 hour period.
2. Reviewed by Kinghorn, A.D. & Soejarto, D.D. "Current status of stevioside as a sweetening agent for human use." Economic and Medicinal Plant Research, Volume 1, Wagner, H., Hikino, H. and Farnsworth, N.R. (eds.) Academic Press, New York, 1985, pp. 1-51.
3. Soejarto, D.D., et.al., Econ. Bot., 37, 74, 1983.
4. Oviedo, C.A., et.al., "Accion hipoglicemiante de la stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (Kaa-he-e)." Excerpta Medica, 208, 92-93, 1971. (International Congress Series).
5. Alvares, M., et.al., Abstract Pap., Semin. Bras. Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni 1st, 1981, p. XIII.I.
6. Suzuki, H., et.al., "Influence of oral administration of stevioside on levels of blood glucose and liver glycogen of intact rats." Nippon Nopei Kagaku Kaishi, Tokyo, 51(3), 171-173, 1977.
7. Akashi, H. & Yokoyama, Y. "Dried-leaf extracts of stevia. Toxicological test." Shokihin Kokyo, Tokyo, 18(20), 34-43, 1975.
8. Lee, C.K., et.al., Hanguk, Sikp'um Kwahakhoe Chi, 11, 224-6, 1979.
9. Usami, M., et.al., Horm. Metab. Res., 12,705, 1980.
10. Piheiro, C.E. & Gasparini, O.T. Abstr. Pap., Semin. Bras. Stevia rebaudiana, 1st, 1981, pp. XV.I-XV.IV.
11. Boeckh, E.M.A., "Stevia rebaudiana (Bert.) Bertoni: clinical evaluation of its acute action on cardio-circulatory, metabolic and electrolitic parameters in 60 healthy individuals." Third Brazilian Seminar on Stevia Rebaudiana (Bert.) Bertoni, (Summaries), Angelucci, E. (Coordinator), July, 1986, pp. 22-23.
12. Machado, E., Chagas, A.M. & Reis, D.S. "Stevia rebaudiana (Bert.) Bertoni in the arterial presure of the dog." Third Brazilian Seminar on Stevia Rebaudiana (Bert.) Bertoni, (Summaries), Angelucci, E. (Coordinator), July 1986, p. 11.
13. Boeckh, E.M.A. op.cit.
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