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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.”" - See 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, 8/5/09
  • The science of stevia - Nutra USA, 4/30/09
  • New sweetener not so sweet for your diet - MSNBC, 4/17/09
  • F.D.A. Approves 2 New Sweeteners - NYTimes.com, 12/17/08 - "Both products use rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant"
  • 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"
  • Better Than Sugar? - WebMD, 6/12/00