Hi there, it's Dr. Corey Howard,
I'm a physician
and a question to me today is,
is stevia a safe alternative to sugar?
Now stevia is about 200 times more,
200 times sweeter than sugar,
and the question really becomes,
is there a problem with carbohydrate metabolism?
Do people think that when they eat it,
there are other issues related to that?
The bottom line is this,
that stevia's been around
for well over a thousand years,
used around the country.
Japan, the country of Japan
consumes something like 40%
of all the stevia in the world.
They just use it.
There's been no known complication,
no known data,
no known data that really says
that this is something that's not good for you.
In fact, there was a study of end this year,
in Food and Chemical Toxicology,
tested in mice with type two diabetes,
it actually may have decreased
what's called fatty liver a little bit,
but ongoing studies will be needed
to see that this actually is, is true or not.
Bottom line there is it doesn't look like
it causes problems.
In fact, it might be beneficial.
The active component of it,
has a little sugar part.
One that's absorbable,
one that's not.
And the question is,
whether or not that's gonna increase sugar levels.
That has not been shown
to be the case yet either.
Although that does need
to be looked into further.
One of my concerns is that
the way that it's extracted,
it's used, a couple of products used
to extract it in a organic way,
which is methanol and ethanol.
And in that extraction process,
I just always wonder
if there's something else that happens.
For that impurity of, for that process,
I'd rather have natural products
than use something like that if necessary.
So it really becomes,
do you really need it?
Do you really need to have
that kind of sweetness, or not?
Can you use sugars?
Can you make date paste?
Can you make other products
that might be better,
rather than using that particular leaf in itself?
I find it very difficult to manage
from a standpoint in cooking and baking,
and I don't really like the taste, overall, myself.
It can interact with some of your medications
that are metabolized through the liver
so I would offer some caution there.
But generally, stevia does seem
to be a safe alternative to sugar
if that's what you really need.
Thanks a lot for the question.
Dr. Corey Howard signing off here.
Thanks a lot.