Benefits of using Non-Caloric Sweeteners as part of a Regular Diet
San Antonio, TX. In 2009 the AHA (American Heart Association) concluded that limiting added sugars is a core strategy for maintaining optimum nutrition and a healthy weight. Likewise, the ADA (American Dental Association) has included monitoring carbohydrate consumption (which includes limiting added sugars) in their clinical practice recommendations.
However, non-caloric, natural origin sweeteners can be an alternative healthier option for weight management and energy intake. These non-caloric sweeteners provide sweetness without the extra calories or in the worst case scenarios, never as high as sugar. They could be also a genuine and safe solution, taking into account an increase in chronic illnesses in society today.
So far, the existing evidence on the benefits of using most non-caloric sweeteners as part of the populations regular diet and nutrition is lacking in long-term results which are of significant scientific relevance, and the majority are epidemiological studies.
Nevertheless, according to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), stevia extract, a natural non-caloric sweeter extracted from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, has been rigorously tested in over 200 scientific studies and given the stamp of approval by multiple regulatory organizations around the globe. Stevia extract is currently being used as a tool to reduce energy and sugar intake, which can contribute to reduce overweight. Expert studies have shown that the antibacterial properties of stevia extract may help with gingivitis, cavities, tooth decay and mouth sores. Moreover, according to scientists from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, in Kolkata, India, stevia extract is high in antioxidants that may prevent DNA damage. Tea is known to contain several antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents in the body. Dr. Yaroslav Shevchenko from the Technische Universität Berlin said that adding a bit of stevia extract to your cup of green tea can sweeten it and will not only enhance its flavor, but also its antioxidant properties.
The GSI states that most global regulatory organizations, including the FDA, have determined stevia extract to be safe for human consumption with an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) expressed in steviol equivalents of up to 4 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day.
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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.