Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Day 296- Nutrition Bites

Stevia may join the major no-calories sugar substitutes for a reputation of increasing cancer risk.  Stevia has two main sweet components which are rebaudioside A and stevioside. UCLA toxicologists main concern is stevioside. Stevioside has been known to cause mutation, chromosome damage, and DNA breakage in animal studies.  Other substitutes have showed increase in cancer risk such as aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), saccharin(Sweet'N Low), and acesulfame-potassium. The sweetener Sucralose(Splenda) appears to be safe but is made by chlorinating sugar molecules. 
-Nutrition Action, October 2008, p. 9

Sugar Preacher's Experience
I decided eating from the tree is my best bet. No worries about cancer when you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Stick with fresh fruit and avoid sweeteners! 

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