Stevia: a plant with amazing properties
Dr. Bertoni was a Swiss immigrant came to settle in Paraguay. He was a scientist with humanistic and philosophical aims. The fact migrate to South America was for him a symbol of renewal and openness to a different company. It is also called the “wise Bertoni.”
In 1887 he organized an expedition through the northeast of Paraguay to find unknown botanical species.
Of course, he found himself in the middle of subtropical forest and was in contact with local tribes indiquèrent him the existence of a plant known forever and that was as sweet as honey.
The blood of our man skipped a beat and he began to search for the mystery plant. Unfortunately stevia was very rare, especially in difficult to access areas which makes it found none.
The health effects of Stevia
Studies conducted in the 80 and 90 of steviol (degradation product of stevioside and rebaudioside) have observed, in isolated cases, a weak mutagenic effect (thus a potential cancer risk). Although recent studies show that consumption is safe, government agencies do not conclude the safety of this product.
In 2006, WHO conducted a thorough evaluation of the experiences of stevioside conducted on animals and humans, and concluded that “stevioside and rebaudioside are not mutagenic (either in vitro or in vivo) and the mutagenic effects of steviol observed in vitro have not manifested in vivo. ” The report also found no carcinogenic effect. Finally, it was shown that “stevioside is an active ingredient in patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes,” but that further studies were needed to determine the appropriate dosage.
Millions of Japanese use it for thirty years without any side effects known or reported. In traditional medicine, the leaves are used for centuries in South America and the research is conducted for many years in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
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The situation of stevia is quite disparate worldwide.
It is for example very popular in Japan. For economic, geopolitical and legal reasons.
For economic and geopolitical reasons because the soy sauce producers used to soften the salty side of their sauce a licorice extract, but this extract was predominantly produced by countries in the political regime deemed not reliable enough by Japan (USSR, China ).
The solution found producers in the 50s was therefore replaced by licorice extract of stevia . The move was accelerated by legislation soon after because Japan in 1969 banned the use of artificial sweeteners on its soil.
Therefore stevia became an essential component of soy sauces, but also other products such as drinks, cakes, ice cream, yogurt and other dairy products, sweeteners, etc .
stevia / sugar consumption is estimated that today the distribution is 50/50 Japan.
In the United States things were turbulent and may be an illustration of what could happen in Europe.
In the early 80s took place the first imports of stevia in the US. There was the part of the FDA some tolerance (FDA: Food and Drugs Administration, powerful state agency issuing the permissions set on the market of food or drugs).
Then, towards the middle and end of the same decade, the FDA made the hunting of stevia to end in 1991 to its ban on American soil.
New twist in 1994 a law was passed that allows to market all natural product as a nutritional supplement provided that there is no mention on the packaging of any curative powers (of course hemp and coca leaves were excluded this authorization).
Location of Stevia in Europe and in France
As seen above, legally you can buy stevia in France since the interministerial order of 6 September 2009 authorizing the use and marketing of stevia in France.
But the situation is not the same throughout Europe.
Here are below the full article that we published before the authorization of stevia in France:
“For a food to be approved in Europe, there is a procedure which is to apply to the European Commission.
This was done in 1997 by Professor Geuns TEO European specialist in stevia, of the University of Louvain in Belgium.
Las! His application was rejected because no evidence had been brought to the non-toxicity of stevia.
Because this procedure is on the applicant to demonstrate that.
The authorization for the stevia market as food is therefore postponed to the next request, which must provide evidence that stevia is a healthy food with no negative health effects.
Why it then blocks that large countries such as Japan, the US, Canada and Australia allow stevia?
Firstly, this is because these countries allow their decision is necessarily good. Every year we see worldwide public health disaster due to bad government decisions.
Netherlands for example, have long allowed the cultivation and use of cannabis on their territory because for them the product does not represent a danger, while other countries have a different position.
More importantly, the powerful lobbies of sugar and artificial sweeteners industries apparently doing everything they can to that stevia does not become a licensed and consumer food.
One can rightly say that given their financial power they could simply be positioned on this market and become the main actor.
True, but the returns are not the same, the competition would be more open, especially for industrial artificial sweeteners, there would be no patent on the product. So necessarily less turf and fierce competition.
But hey, it happened in the US, Japan and many other countries, then it will one day well in Europe “
Interest of Stevia as part of a slimming diet
There is an impressive amount of regimes. So much so that it is often difficult to choose one.
However, if one pays attention, it will be found that the recommendations of the quasi majority of plans is to reduce or eliminate sugar consumption.
As for cellulite, the fat + sugar combination is catastrophic for the capture of fat in the body.
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Therefore the replacement of sugar by stevia is an excellent way to stem this process but also psychological support your diet.
Indeed, the body and especially the brain needs sugar, or rather of carbohydrates to function properly.
Replace sugar with stevia will not bring you carbohydrates but will give you at least one sweet sensation that will strengthen by eating lots of fruits, which contain the daily doses of carbs. And good carbs, those assimilated by the body, which is not the case of industrial sugar