Photo courtesy of Truvia
So companies--this time Coke and Pepsi--keep coming up with new, low-calorie sweeteners. The latest one--derived from the stevia plant, a South American shrub--hits shelves this month.
Photo courtesy of Purevia
PepsiCo's first products containing PureVia will be zero-calorie SoBe Lifewater in three flavors (Black and Blue Berry, Fuji Apple Pear, and Yumberry Pomegranate), and a new orange juice drink called Trop50, which will contain 50 percent less sugar and calories than regular orange juice.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued a news release that says, "Shame on the Food and Drug Administration" for its decision on rebaudioside A, the stevia extract in Truvia and PureVia. The CSPI calls for further safety tests of rebaudioside A, according to CBS News.
Meanwhile, natural docs like Andrew Weil and Joseph Mercola have been saying they use stevia for years. Several CafeMom groups like Organic, Natural, and Simple Living were abuzz with the news this weekend. SunshineNsmiles, for example, pointed out that even sodas with stevia were "still loaded with all sorts of unhealthiness."
What do you think? I will probably try these drinks, but I'm not a big soda drinker anyway. Will you drink the new stevia soft drinks?