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The conspiracy of the sugar interests to block out the natural sweetner 'stevia'

Just read a really interesting article by Wilt Alston.

As you probably already know, the sugar producers are quite a powerful lobby. Some time ago they were able to successfully get the politicians to grant them special protectionist tariffs.
That directly resulted in corn-syrup being used in a lot of foods because it's cheaper.

Anywhoo, what's really interesting to me was that the FDA bureaucrats have banned stevia (very powerful natural sweetener) from being used in processed foods. No wonder I've never heard of it...

I gotta look more into it.



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Back in the 70's

They did the same thing with a fruit. The Miracle (or Magic) Berry:

"But Harvey's sweet dream of making the world healthier came to an abrupt end. On the eve of the launch in 1974, the US Food and Drugs Administration unexpectedly turned against the product.
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"I was in shock," says Harvey. "We were on very good terms with the FDA and enjoyed their full support. There was no sign of any problem. Without any opportunity to know what the concern was and who raised it, and to respond to it - they just banned the product...."

Good story, read it here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7367548.stm

Although it was a battle....Stevia WAS approved.

Here's a good blog refering to it.

http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/blog/?p=372

Also check out Blue Agave Nectar as an alternative to sugar. It has a low glycemic index (won't give you the ups and downs that sugar does)

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But wasn't it a "modified" version that was approved?

That's what daisyfl noted below.

Seems it approved a type of

Seems it approved a type of Stevia that Coke and Pepsi plan on using in Diet Sodas.
My view is that Coke and Pepsi are already bad, regardless of whether its sweetner is "natural" or not, so I won't be drinking any.
I thought it was odd they approved Stevia, until finding out big corporations had plans to make money off it. Sounds like they kept it illegal until they could find the best ways to profit from it. Who knows.

http://www.sugarshockblog.com/2008/12/stevia-approved-for-us...

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"Whether you listen to the left side of congress' mouth or the rightside, either way it's the same mouth"

From naturalnews.com Update

From naturalnews.com
Update note: This breaking news article has been updated from its original version to clarify the nature of the FDA's GRAS "approval" for stevia. In the original breaking news, we reported that the FDA had granted GRAS approval to stevia. Technically, the FDA has only issued letters of "no objection" regarding companies' self-affirmation of GRAS approval for stevia. In other words, the FDA hasn't technically granted approval to stevia but has affirmed it will not object to companies using it in foods and beverages. This puts stevia in a "grey zone" where the FDA could potentially target selected companies (small stevia producers) while ignoring other companies (Coca-Cola and Cargill, for example), even while they use essentially the same sweeteners.

Basically, they are allowing Cargill's patented stevia (Truvia) and PepsiCo's products. Just found this: http://naturalhealthnews.blogspot.com/2008/12/problems-with-...

good read, thanks for the post DaisyFL

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"Whether you listen to the left side of congress' mouth or the rightside, either way it's the same mouth"

I have several different types of stevia...some better then

others taste wise...but all are VERY sweet indeed. Thing is, after taking the time to find and grow the best highland coffee on our farms...it's sort of a shame to have the taste "altered" by the aftertaste of the stevia.

I do hope a process can be found to remove some of this from the end product without tampering with the nutritional aspects of it.

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Once again, it appears that the sugar

industry is said to be the decisive factor for banning stevia.

When you read the story about Donald Rumsfeld and his aspartame (Searle), you will find that aspartame was the one they wanted. Cheaper and with the potential of earning billions.

http://www.rense.com/general33/legal.htm How aspartame became legal

http://www.rense.com/general67/rum.htm Rumsfeld's Bioweapon Legacy

When you do a google search asking why stevia was banned you will get an array of articles. The artificial sweetener industry ganged up (through FDA) against stevia.

Isn't it in diet drinks now?

or at least supposed to be in diet drinks soon?

Sort of... The "Stevia" they

Sort of...
The "Stevia" they are now adding to diet drinks is a bastardized version. They developed a chemical process to remove the aftertaste (which is horrible, btw) but really they remove everything good for you but the sweetness. It's kind of like "High-fructose-stevia" lol
Trust that the FDA will not allow anything beneficial to us to be legal.

Son a biotch

Damn those people who think we need an FDA!!

I have no idea.,..

tho that would be sweet! Getting off aspartame and sugar would be great for the body..