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Artificial Sweetener: The Sweet Misery

If you are consuming artificial sweetener, or thinking to change from sugar to artificial sweetener, let me warn you: you’re escaping from tiger’s mouth to crocodile’s mouth. Artificial sweeteners, even how tempting the slender model looks on the package, are doubtfully benefiting your health. There so much controversy around artificial sweeteners, and while numerous studies were conducted, they are still at large, being consumed by millions of uninformed diabetic patients or weight watchers all around the world. The general conclusion is that the benefit-to-risk ratio of artificial sweeteners is pretty much unclear. And too add confusion, major health governing bodies allow its usage. How can something be unsafe when FDA has approved it? Well’ that’s the mystery. A great deception I am very much against the use of dangerous chemicals over the health of general public. Let’s look at a scenario. An elderly gets diabetes and turn to artificial sweeteners, influenced by the low c

The bittersweet truth about 'all-in-one' coffee

Of late, Malaysians are bombarded with 'all-in-one' coffee drinks everywhere they go. You see them in TV, radio, 'mamak stalls', restaurants, and in the mainstream papers. Featuring healthy natural addition like goji, guarana, ginseng, tongkat ali, and almost everything else, it seems like this industry of instant health-oriented coffee is really gaining buyers attention. In the sachet The 'all-in-one' coffee makers take pride of their coffee mixture. Most of them claim health benefits relating to the usage of their product. While some of the claims might be true, what you rarely notice is the sugar content in each sachet. It surprises me, and it will surprise you! A common sachet is weighed 20g. The content of the sachet is poured in a mug, pour hot water, and there you go! Instant, delicious, healthy coffee. Upon sipping the aromatic blend, you investigate the sachet, curious of what makes it smell and taste good. And it's a lot cheaper than Starbucks

Some History about Stevia

Little that the public know about natural sweeteners. What they know is, when its sweet, its sugar. General public does not know or even care about sugar alternatives, unless when they are diabetic, they will start asking pharmacies about artificial sweeteners. While artificial sweeteners may answer some concerns about blood-sugar-levels, they pose another different side effects. And this is where natural sweeteners come into the equation. Stevia Story Stevia, or Stevia Rebaudiana plant, is a member of the Chrysanthemum family, same like Chamomile. Natively found in Paraguay, it has been used for centuries as a natural sweeteners. The Indians of Paraguay (the Guarani tribe) used to call Stevia as "Caa-ehe" that means sweet herb. From there it started; modern scientists began to study this herb and in 1930's, the first documentation of Stevia compounds were published. From that point onwards, Stevia gained worldwide popularity, where it is grown and used in more t

Ramadhan Kareem!

We congratulate Muslims all over the world with the coming of the fasting month. We also welcome you to our new office located at 7.11, 7th Floor, Wisma Central, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Stay fit and healthy during the fasting period! Warm regards, Dr. Stevia