Saturday, July 7, 2007

Opinion on Stevia Rebaudiana

I was just searching Google for some information regarding this beautiful herb and came upon this interesting publication.
It's titled as an Opinion on Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni Plants and Leaves and its' main purpose is to as they say assess the safety from the consumer health point of view of the leaves of Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni as Novel Food. This opinion is brought by European Commission, i.e. its Scientific Committee on Food.

Interestingly enough, I thought to myself, there's somebody who cares about what we eat, NOT!
If this care should be genuine in any sense, it for sure wouldn't allow a bunch of products you can find in your stores today. We are all overdosed on sugar and salt, bunch of additives and chemicals, yet we find so much supposedly unanswered questions and controversy surrounding one plant. As expected, it is concluded that information submitted on Stevia products was insufficient with regard to specification and standardization of the commercial product and contains no safety studies. There are no satisfactory data to support the safe use of these products as ingredients of food or as sucrose substitute for diabetics and obese individuals.
We shouldn't forget that there are cultures(people) around the world that have used Stevia leaf for generations.
It seems to me that there certainly is a way to gather sufficient information regarding the safety of Stevia usage, but is there will!?


Klaus Seistrup said...

Cargill and The Coca-Cola CÂș has teamed up to develop a stevia based sweetener, rebiana. Hopefully they will pay for scientific evidence that the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Food will approve, and thus pave the way for stevia to be available within the EU.

P.S.: I was thrilled to see another stevia blog, so I have linked to yours. Would you care to give my stevia blog a reciprocal link?


italman said...

thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Regarding your question about seeds, I'll be happy to share if my plants produce some.
P.S. You can see your link!

Anonymous said...

We have information that the JECFA ( UN World Health Organization) have received the data to approve Stevia as a safe food additives during their upcoming meeting in Geneva next June. The technical specification for the stevia extract will be at least 95% steviol glycosides ( steviosides) and the ADI will be established at 11.5 mg/kg of body weight.
With this approval the consumers in Europe will be enjoying this sweetener maybe before the end of next year. FDA probably will approve it during the next 2 years.
I have been waiting for this to happen for the last 20 years....
Oscar Rodes/ Founder Stevita/Steviafarma