omegapd wrote:Weren't there a bunch of health problems associated with stevia? I think it wasn't even sold in the US years ago because of some FDA ban (that apparently has been lifted now, I guess).
I've never seen it in stores or used it, though.
Yeah, that's always confused me...
The FDA banned Stevia in the US, but allowed it to be purchased over the counter as a dietary supplement. And while the US has been banning it, pretty much all of South and Central America as well as Japan has been using this stuff for hundreds of years, with no adverse side effects.
Many people (including myself) believe that the FDA chose to ban it because they were afraid it would affect the US's sugar industry. The same thing is going on with aspartame as well (the FDA came out saying that aspartame caused brain damage before it was actually proven). I think that Stevia is completely safe, and while there has been some research regarding the health effects of Stevia, there hasn't been any concluding evidence actually saying that it's harmful.
But the ban must have been lifted, since I saw a commercial for Stevia crystals on TV last night.