Stevia, Lifelong Safe

San Antonio TX. According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is the amount of a substance that people can consume in food or beverages on a daily basis over the course of their entire life without any appreciable risk to health.

After having reviewed more than 200 scientific studies that attest to stevia’s safety, leading authorities have established an ADI which applies to all age groups. The ADI set for steviol glycosides (steviacomponents) is expressed as steviol equivalents of 4 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. This equates to approximately 12 mg of high purity stevia extracts per kilogram of body weight per day. To put the ADI for high-purity stevia glycosides into perspective, a 150-pound (70 kg) person would need to consume approximately 40 packets of a tabletop steviasweetener per day for the rest of their life to reach the ADI. Studies have also demonstrated that daily doses of steviol glycosides up to 1,000 mg/person/day are well-tolerated by people with normal glucose metabolism and people with type-2 diabetes.

Dr Cathy Kapica, from the Awegrin Institute, says that those 200 scientific studies performed regarding the safety of stevia, were made looking through reproduction, childhood, adulthood, people with diabetes, and people with high-blood pressure. “These studies confirm that stevia is safe for use by the general public,” she said.

According to Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD GSI Advisor, stevia has certainly passed the test of time, since it has been around for hundreds of years and used as a natural sweetener by the natives of Paraguay to sweeten their teas, beverages or just to chew as a sweet treat. “It has always been there for them – it’s something they could count on to make their beverages more enjoyable to drink and their snacks a little sweeter to eat,” he says. “They feel comfortable having it as a lifelong food and ingredient in their diets, comfortable giving it to their children and comfortable knowing it always delivers a wonderful sweet taste, naturally.” Japanese people have also trumpeted stevia safety and have used it as a general, no calorie sweetener for more than 40 years.

Dr. Ayoob added that stevia has no effect on blood sugar and can replace sweet carbohydrate calories in the diet of adult and children with diabetes; and that stevia can be a way to return some comfort foods and beverages to your diet with fewer calories, naturally. According to Ayoob, stevia is safe for all members of the family, including children.

Nowadays, stevia leaf extract has been rigorously tested and given the stamp of approval by multiple regulatory organizations around the globe. In some countries, crude stevia extracts or whole stevia plant leaves are often sold as dietary supplements, but the GSI states that only high purity stevia leaf extract has been evaluated and approved for use as an ingredient in food and beverages by multiple regulatory agencies throughout the world.

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SVETIA® Calorie – Free Sweetener is made with cane sugar and stevia extract. One packet of SVETIA® contains only one gram of carbohydrates. People with diabetes are advised to check with their registered dietitian or physician.

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