Chris (gotta_feel_it) wrote in vegancooking,
Chris
gotta_feel_it
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Hey everyone. I went with my grandmother to see an osteopathic physician (alternative medicine), because my grandmother has cancer. And one of the things he told her was that sugar feeds cancer and should be eliminated from her diet. He told us to look into two alternative sweeteners: stevia and xylitol.

Apparently there is/was major controversy between stevia and the Food & Drug Administration. Since stevia is an herb that is easy to grow and the sugar industry felt threatened by it, the FDA ruled that it could only be sold as a "dietary supplement" only.

As for xylitol, I read of no controversy.

I've tried neither, but I just ordered a pack of xylitol packets from www.xylitolstore.com.

So here are some links with information about each sweetener, for those who are interested:

Stevia
http://www.stevia.net/

http://www.practicalhippie.com/stevia.htm

http://www.cspinet.org/new/stevia.html


Xylitol
http://www.laleva.cc/food/xylitol.html

http://www.tomsofmaine.com/toms/ifs/xylitol.asp

http://www.xylitol.org/


(x-posted)
Tags: -health-low sugar/low calorie, substitutes-sweeteners, sweeteners-stevia, sweeteners-xylitol/sucralose/erythritol
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