Tuesday, 18 September 2007

FDA claims stevia “unsafe”

U.S. health regulators warned Hain Celestial Group about a potentially unsafe herb in some of its herbal teas, saying it might be dangerous to blood sugar, reproductive, cardiovascular and renal systems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Hain dated 17th August calling the herb, a natural sweetener made from a South American herb called stevia, “an unsafe food additive.” The agency released the letter on its web site on Tuesday.

The FDA letter said that although it has received requests to use stevia in food, “data and information necessary to support the safe use have been lacking.”

It also said “literature reports have raised safety concerns,” including those “about control of blood sugar, and the effects on the reproductive, cardiovascular and renal systems.”

It seems the FDA has never heard about countries like Paraguay or Japan.


Saturday, 1 September 2007

Stevia videos

This guy likes stevia:

This gal doesn't: