Reducing sugars with no sugars/zero-calorie SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweeteners
GILBERT, AZ (Nov. 13, 2018) – In the year since the last World Diabetes Day, 1.5 million more Americans learned that they have diabetes. Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and can lead to serious cardiovascular and renal outcomes as well. November 14 marks World Diabetes Day, whose mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure. In many cases, Diabetes may be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle, according to the International Diabetes Federation, sponsor of World Diabetes Day. The key risk factors for type 2 diabetes are obesity, an unhealthy-dietary habit, lack of exercise, family history and high blood pressure.
“Adopting better dietary habits includes managing the amount of added sugars in your foods and beverages,” said Carol May, CEO of Wisdom Natural Brands®, maker of the SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener family of products. “One of the risk factors for prediabetes and diabetes is weight gain, which is one of the outcomes of having too much added sugars in your diet.”
The American Heart Association recommends a daily added sugar limit of no more than 9 teaspoons/36 grams/150 calories for men, and 6 teaspoons/25 grams/100 calories for women and children (ages 2-19) and children under the age of 2 should not consume sugars at all.
“When one 12-ounce soda a day (39 grams of added sugars/156 calories) can put someone over the top with added sugars,” May said, “the SweetLeaf® family of products provides a zero calorie, no artificial sweeteners, no sugars option for those wanting to reduce added sugars in foods and beverages—with all the great taste while maintaining desired sweetness.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, people with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and could develop cardiovascular disease. 1 Prediabetes is diagnosed when an unusually high blood sugar content occurs, often due to insulin resistance, which means the body isn’t using insulin properly.
Reducing carbohydrates—grain products such as rice, white bread, and russet potatoes, along with sodas, juices and sweets—helps in lowering blood sugars in the body 2. The American Diabetes Association recommends superfoods including beans; dark green, leafy vegetables; sweet potatoes; tomatoes; and fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy diet that could prevent diabetes or reduce the symptoms.3
“The first step to adopting a better diet is to make one change to reduce added sugars in your diet,” May said. “We encourage everyone to make a change by using SweetLeaf® with zero calories and no sugars instead of sugars. We have developed a conversion chart to help make that change that is available on our website.
For more information about SweetLeaf®, visit SweetLeaf®.com.
About WISDOM NATURAL BRANDS®
Wisdom Natural Brands®, based in Gilbert, Ariz., has been the leading stevia expert and industry pioneer with its SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener brand for more than 35 years. SweetLeaf® is the only stevia brand winning 31 awards for taste and innovation. SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener has zero calories, a non-glycemic response, no sugars, and no artificial ingredients. Wisdom introduced herbal beverages made from Yerba Maté through its Wisdom of the Ancients® brand, one of the most respected herbal beverage lines in the natural industry. Wisdom of the Ancients herbal beverages are available in bags and loose leaves and come in a variety of beneficial flavors. SweetLeaf® and Wisdom of the Ancients products are available at health food stores, natural stores, supermarkets, and online retailers.
1 “Prediabetes,” Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prediabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20355278
2 “The Right Diet for Prediabetes,” HealthLine.com, www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/prediabetes-diet#healthy-eating
3 “What Can I Eat?,” American Diabetes Association, https://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/