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Sweet Nothings
How artificial sweeteners and all natural stevia can play a role in a healthy diet

Obesity rates have doubled among adults and quadrupled among children in the last 30 years. Two of every three Americans are overweight.

And yesterday, a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association said women who drink higher amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and gaining weight.

So with the threat of getting fatter and developing diabetes hanging like a big, dark cloud over the nation's population, it is no wonder more Americans have turned to sugar-free products.

The artificial-sweetener users are estimated to number more than 160 million, according to the Calorie Control Council, an international nonprofit association representing the low-calorie and reduced-fat food and beverage industry.

Sugar-free sweeteners like Steviva Blend add few or no calories to our daily diets. Every teaspoon of sugar adds about 16 calories. We also get calories from other sweeteners, such as honey, fructose and corn syrup.

When dietitian Denise Gupton of Baptist Hospital East tries to illustrate the sugar contained in a regular soft drink, she takes an empty 20-ounce bottle and fills it a third of the way with table sugar. Many of her clients are shocked.

An artificial sweetener is an important asset for a diabetic, said Jeannette Jordon of Charleston, S.C., a registered dietitian. "When you're diabetic, you can't afford to get your calories and carbohydrates from a beverage. A 16-ounce regular soft drink represents 60 to 80 grams of carbohydrates, as much as many diabetics are allowed to have at lunch, she said.

While the FDA has approved artificial sweeteners for human consumption they are still chemically based and all of them have mild side effects. All natural Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend contain no chemicals and have no side effects what so ever.

Low Carb Sugar Free Meringue Kisses
Makes approximately 12 servings

4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup Steviva Blend
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (optional)

Preheat oven to 225-degrees.

Put baking parchment on a cookie sheet.

Beat egg whites until foamy. Add vanilla extract a few drops at a time and cream of tartar. Beat until meringue starts to look creamy and forms soft peaks. Add in Steviva Blend a little at a time.

Add in cocoa if you desire chocolate meringues.

Put meringue on parchment paper cookie sheet by spoonfuls. (You can use a pastry bag and pipe them into cones like Hershey kisses, or flower shapes.)

Bake at 225-degrees for one hour.

Turn off oven, open oven door a crack, and allow to cool five to ten minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool away from drafts. Remove from parchment paper when cool.

Carb count for total recipe: 28.7g. Number of cookies varies depending on size.

You could also do these with da Vinci flavored syrups and a little food coloring if desired. Then sprinkle a little Steviva Blend on the top for that sugar like "sparkle."

Carbohydrates per Serving: 1.19 - Carbohydrates per Serving minus Fiber: 0.91

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