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December 18, 2005

A ‘sweet’ herbal tea for diabetic patients

With the increasing incidence of diabetes, Stevia may hold a great promise in the future, said Sai Krishnakant, who has about 20 years experience in conceptualizing and planning agricultural projects, and has a stall at the fair to popularise herbal tea in different flavours and diabetic food supplement which has Stavia leaves as the basic constituent.

Explaining the benefits of Stevia, he told UNI that the herbal leaves are the only natural product that has been recognised as a sugar substitute all over the world. It is unlike synthetic sweetners available in the market and Stevia is calorie free with no side effects, he added. | Read more Finance news. |

Research has also shown that it is beneficial to persons suffering from hypertension and can be used as a heart tonic to regulate heartbeat, normalise blood pressure levels and for other cardio-pulmonary problems, he said.

Being many times sweeter than sugar, even a small quantity of Stevia is sufficient to get the same amount of sweetness as sugar in tea and other drinks, he claimed.

Krishnakant, who has launched two companies to promote Stevia farming and to produce more value-added products based on Stevia Rebaudiana, said he had initially procured the stock of the herbal plants from Japan before he started its cultivation in Nagpur.

He said the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore, has now accepted his proposal to support Stevia farming. Stevia is a perennial shrub, belonging to the Aster family, that grows upto to one metre tall and has leaves 2 to 3 cm long, and is found in the northern regions of South America.

Stevia has as many as 200 varieties but Stevia Rebaudiana is known for its unique sweetness, he said, adding it is being commercially grown in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, Israel, Thailand and China.

Stevia has as many as 200 varieties but Stevia Rebaudiana is known for its unique sweetness, he said, adding it is being commercially grown in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, Israel, Thailand and China. To purchase stevia go to

December 15, 2005

Hidden Sugars

By Moss Greene
BellaOnline's Nutrition Editor

Many companies consistently look for new ways to hide more and more high glycemic sugar in commercial products. Why? Because it’s addictive. So be on guard for hidden insulin spiking ingredients with new names.

Some of the products that contain sugar and processed starches that turn into high glycemic sugars are ketchup, jams, jellies, soft drinks, fruit juice, canned fruit, ice cream, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, candies and most other desserts.

Processed starches that behave like sugar in your body are white flour, white rice, pasta (unless the flour is listed as 100% whole wheat), enriched flour, tapioca, cornstarch and processed breakfast cereals.

HIGH GLYCEMIC RESPONSE SUGARS include sucrose, glucose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, maltodextrin, galactose, corn syrup, dextrin, beet sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, concentrated fruit juice, syrup, sorghum, honey, maple syrup, rapadura and high fructose corn syrup.*

LOW GLYCEMIC RESPONSE SWEETENERS include fructose, stevia, acesulfame potassium sweetener, saccharine and aspartame (in NutraSweet and Equal, but not in sodas). **

*FRUCTOSE vs HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Fructose is not the same as high fructose corn syrup. The former is pure fructose with a low glycemic index, whereas high fructose corn syrup is a mixture of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. The glycemic response of high fructose corn syrup is high – about the same as sucrose.

Moss Greene is a no-nonsense researcher/journalist in the field of health and happiness. She’s written and published over 500 articles and reports helping her readers to look better, feel better, have more energy, slow down the aging process and live a happier, healthier, more productive life. They do this by taking responsibility for their own well-being, health and fitness.

Zesty Cranberry Orange Relish

The Perfect Recipe For the Holiday Season!


1 Pkg. Fresh Cranberries
1 Navel Orange
1/8 tsp. Stevia*
2 T sugar


* Slice orange into eight sections.
* Using a food processor, chop half of the cranberries and half of the orange. Remove from processor and place in a bowl. Then, chop the remaining half of the cranberries and orange.
* Place the rest in the same bowl. Add liquid Stevia* and 2 T of sugar. Sweeten to taste.
* For a new version, try adding a little freshly chopped mint.

(*Stevia can be found by going to http:/

Makes 6 – ½ cup servings. 40 calories per serving or 1 ½ Weight Watcher points.

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If it says ‘sugar free’ on the label, don’t even think about it

The dangers of Aspartame
During a lecture I said “If you are using Aspartame (artificial sweeteners) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision or memory loss… you probably have Aspartame poisoning.” People were jumping up during the lecture saying “I have some of those symptoms. Is it reversible?” Yes, stop drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels. Many products are fortified with it. This is a serious problem.

Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic of MS and during his recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy diet coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence.
Diet soda is not a diet product. It is a chemically altered multiple sodium (salt) and Aspartame containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you gain weight. These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve ‘tissue specimens’. Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we should not store it in our body.
Dr. H.J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the ‘diet products’, and with no significant increase in exercise, his patients lost an average of 19 pounds (approx 8 kgs) over a trial period.
Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact had symptoms caused by Aspartame. Aspartame drives blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxic when taken without the amino acids necessary for a good balance. Treating diabetics is all about balance. Especially with diabetics, Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and then deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage. Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics also.
Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turn-arounds in their behaviour when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called ‘behaviour modification prescription dugs’ (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never needed in the first place. Most of these children were being ‘poisoned’ on a daily basis with the very foods that were ‘better for them than sugar’.
It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet drinks consumed by men and women fighting the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.
Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects (mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.) Children are especially at risk of neurological disorders and should never be given artificial sweeteners.
There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering ‘grand mal’ seizures and other neurological disturbances due to the use of an artificial sweetener. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to convince people that Aspartame is to blame for their child’s illness.
Stevia, which is a sweet herb, not a manufactured additive, helps in the metabolism of sugar, which would be ideal for diabetics. It has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. It is known that for many years the FDA outlawed this ‘true sweet food’ due to its loyalty to a well-known chemical company in America.
Books on this subject are available: Excitotoxins: the taste that kills by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665). Defence Against Alzheimer’s Disease by Dr. H.J. Roberts, who is also a diabetics specialist. These two doctors will soon be posting a position paper with case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the internet.
According to the conference of the American College of Physicians, “we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.”
By Professor D. B.
United States of America

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