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Pepsi launches naturally sweetened soda, but only on Amazon - CNET, 10/2/14
- "Pepsi isn't hiding the sugar content, but it is emphasizing that True has 30
percent fewer calories than regular Pepsi. A 7.5-ounce can has 60 calories. It
will be sold in packs of 24 of these mini-cans and will be available on Amazon
in mid-October, though pricing hasn't been given yet" - See Pepsi True Mini Cans, 7.5 Fluid Ounce, 24 Count at Amazon.com.
The Quest for a Natural Sugar Substitute - NYTimes.com, 1/1/14 -
"Could the chemical in stevia — called rebaudioside-A
— work in an unaltered state? It seemed more promising than any other option
on his list. Stevia was commercialized in Japan more than 30 years ago and
then bred to make as much Reb-A as possible. While the sweetener has some
bitterness and licorice, its warts are modest next to those of monk fruit or
lemba or any of the other plant derivatives. Also a company in Kuala Lumpur
called Stevian Biotechnology (later renamed PureCircle) said it could
produce Reb-A on the cheap ... Coke would do the basic scientific work on
stevia; Cargill would work on the supply chain. “There was no alternative,”
DuBois told me, looking very serious. “I decided that of all these 100 or so
compounds — all the natural, noncaloric sweeteners that are known — the one
that meets the metrics best — and it’s not perfect — is Reb-A.”" -
stevia at Amazon.com.
How did stevia get
mainstream? - BBC News, 6/3/13 - "A
naturally-sourced sugar substitute called stevia apparently has no calories,
no carbohydrates, and does not raise blood sugar levels ... The concentrated
extracts are about 300 times as sweet as sugar ... We don't know how the
body responds to being primed for an influx of sugar that it never receives
... It may be that it fools your brain into thinking that it needs to
release more insulin ... Using my own undistinguished palette, I was unable
to taste the difference in a stevia-sweetened bar of chocolate. But an
informal office taste test suggested that there is still a notable
difference to some, which may be enough to put off consumers"
DSM files patent for stevia as cognitive health ingredient - Nutra USA,
The science of stevia - Nutra USA, 4/30/09
New sweetener not so sweet
for your diet - MSNBC, 4/17/09
Approves 2 New Sweeteners - NYTimes.com, 12/17/08 -
"Both products use rebiana, an extract from the
Calorie-free Natural Sweetener Moves One Step Closer To Use In U. S. -
Science Daily, 9/22/08 - "Researchers in Georgia are
reporting an advance toward the possible use of a new natural non-caloric
sweetener in soft drinks and other food products in the United States.
Stevia, which is 300 times more potent than sugar but calorie-free ... In
research that eases concerns about stevia's stability, the scientists
studied clear glass containers of cola and lemon-lime sodas containing the
two major naturally sweet components in stevia. After exposing the beverages
to sunlight for one week, they found no significant degradation in either
component of the natural sweetener"
Truvia, a new, natural, zero-calorie sweetener made from the stevia plant,
is making its debut online and in certain supermarkets in New York -
WebMD, 7/10/08 - "Truvia, a new, natural,
zero-calorie sweetener made from the stevia plant, is making its debut
online and in certain supermarkets in New York"
Aspartame: Can a Little Bit
Hurt? - Dr. Weil, 9/25/02 -
"The only non-caloric sweetener I recommend is
stevia, an herb in the chrysanthemum family native to Paraguay that you can
buy in whole-leaf or extract form. The extract – stevioside -- is a granular
white powder that you dissolve in water and dispense with a dropper"
A sweet alternative: Raising stevia instead of cane - USA Today, 6/22/01
"the planet's sweetest known natural substance ...
Stevia contains a white crystalline compound called stevioside, the molecule
that makes the herb's leaves 10 to 15 times as sweet as table sugar,
although extracts range from 100 to 300 times as sweet. Proponents say it
contains virtually no calories, doesn't raise blood-sugar levels or promote
tooth decay, and lacks the chemical aftertastes of many artificial
sweeteners, though the leaf has a slight licorice taste"
Than Sugar? - WebMD, 6/12/00
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