Sweeteners Are Evolving & Stevia Has A New Best Mate…

Stevia has taken the nutrition world by storm for its incredible sweetness, it’s ability to avoid a glycaemic response, and its ‘no side- effects’ reputation. What makes sweeteners so valuable are their ability to sweeten food and drink without increasing calories, and without raising blood sugar levels. Until recently, sweeteners were synthetic and (hence the name artificial sweeteners) were manmade and ‘chemically’, but more recent developments have changed this. Stevia is a leaf and provides sweetness that is approx 200x sweeter than table sugar, and with added sugar being an ever growing faux pas in the nutrition and health world these more natural sweeteners are growing in popularity.

Introducing Monk Fruit…

Monk fruit is a spherical, intensely sweet fruit that grows on vines in small farms in the Asian hillsides. This unique fruit is harvested, crushed and infused with hot water in order to make a sweet alternative to sugar, and even stevia. Stevia is known to leave a bitter after taste in some peoples mouths (not everyone’s), and although some people don’t notice this bitterness and just enjoy the sweetness it has to offer, many people do. So Monk fruit offers a sweet, bitter free alternative (apparently), so food and drink manufacturers have decided to use a blend of the two when sweetening foodstuffs. The Monk fruit evidently detracts from the bitterness of the stevia that some people notice.

Most pertinently, the FDA classifies monk fruit as generally recognized as safe (GRAS), like stevia. No negative side effects have been reported.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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