The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the use of stevia, a no-calorie herbal sweetener, and will not object to companies using it in foods and beverages. IÂ’ve already seen one commercial for Truvia, the patented stevia being used by big businesses, and I suspect more consumers will start buying this safe sweetener. As Natural News noted, some people are skeptical that Truvia may not be as natural as stevia, but there is currently no evidence to suggest that this is the case.
As I wrote in a previous post, IÂ’ve been using stevia for at least a year, and, considering that the FDA has a history of approving harmful products and ingredients to suit big corporations, my decision to continue using stevia wasnÂ’t hinging on the FDAÂ’s verdict. This appears to be another case where the FDA has approved a product to suit big business, but as Mike Adams of Natural News wrote, Â“The approval of this ingredient happens to be in the best interests of consumers.Â”
So, if the FDAÂ’s opinion carries any weight with you, you may be pleased to know that stevia has at least gotten a general nod of approval. Just in time to bake Christmas goodies tooÂ…
Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips & Pecans
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup applesauce (or oil or melted margarine)
2 Tbsp stevia (or 1 cup sugar if you want to do it the old-school way)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
pecans and dark chocolate chips, as desired (You can also try walnuts, shredded coconut, and/or strawberries)
Mash bananas (overripe ones make the best bread). Add applesauce and stevia Mix well.
Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda together and add to the banana mixture. Mix until the flour is blended (do not beat).
Pour into a non-stick bread pan and bake at 350Â°F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.