SweetLeaf Observes Nat’l Diabetes Month With Zero-Sugar Products

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National Diabetes Month Emphasizes Dangers of Added Sugars in the Diet. SweetLeaf® Sweetener delivers sweet taste without calories, carbs, or added sugars.

Sugar is prevalent in everything we eat and drink but is cleverly disguised on food labels with so many other names, most of us don’t even realize we’re consuming it.

November is National Diabetes Month, and SweetLeaf Sweetener, maker of plant-based, zero-sugar/carbs/calories sweeteners, continues to give consumers the tools to reduce sugars in their foods, beverages and recipes.

Of all foods and beverages, sugar-laden drinks including soda, fruit juice, sweet tea, and energy drinks probably add more sugar to our diets than anything else Americans consume. According to Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a typical 20-ounce soda contains 15-18 teaspoons of sugar and more than 240 calories. 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. All children 5 and younger should avoid drinking flavored milks, toddler formulas, plant-based non-dairy milk, caffeinated beverages and sugar- and low-calorie sweetened beverages.

“SweetLeaf® Sweetener offers a deliciously satisfying, plant-based alternative. SweetLeaf products are a great alternative to sugar because they deliver sweet taste without the calories, sugar, carbohydrates and artificial ingredients. Our products are made from natural stevia leaf extract,” said Carol May, CEO of Wisdom Natural Brands, maker of the SweetLeaf family of products. “Because SweetLeaf contains zero calories, zero carbs, and a non-glycemic response, consumers can sweeten food, beverages, and recipes without impacting blood sugar. Switching to great-tasting SweetLeaf will reduce daily added dietary sugar intake.”

Added sugar is a major contributor to obesity and diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. During November particularly, Americans are urged to watch consumption of added sugar and be aware of the warning signs for diabetes.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, so it’s important to know as much as possible about this silent killer. Here are a few diabetes statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA):

  • 1 out of 10 people have diabetes
  • 1 out of 4 people don’t realize they have diabetes
  • 1 out of 3 people has prediabetes
  • 9 out of 10 people don’t realize they are pre-diabetic
  • 85.2% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese
  • The prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. increased by 382% from 1988 to 2014

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. When one’s body is working properly, much of the food we eat is turned into blood glucose. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps the glucose from the food we eat to get into cells where it’s used as energy.

When the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or the insulin is not being used efficiently, the glucose stays in the blood and never gets to the cells. The buildup of sugar in the blood can cause many health issues including cardiovascular risk.

There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Those with type 1 diabetes are unable to make enough insulin. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an inherited genetic variant, is usually first discovered in children, and cannot be prevented.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body produces insulin but is unable to use it properly. In adults, 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes is type 2. Those most at risk of getting type 2 diabetes are those that are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, are physically inactive, and are over 45 years old. Doctors agree that the most important factor in prevention and management is maintaining the proper weight.

Obesity results when more calories are consumed than are burned. And what is the main cause of that imbalance? Sugar. Sugar is prevalent in everything we eat and drink but is cleverly disguised on food labels with so many other names, most of us don’t even realize we’re consuming it.

SweetLeaf products have a non-glycemic response, and that means they won’t affect blood sugar. Plus, the entire SweetLeaf family of sweeteners is gluten free with zero sugars/calories and no artificial sweeteners. Enjoy SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener or Organic SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener in packets or shaker jar, Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops®, in 2-ounce or convenient 50ml bottles, or SweetLeaf Water Drops® water enhancer in six delicious fruit blends, or SweetLeaf’s two newest products, Better Than Sugar®, a powder or granular one-to-one plant-based sweetener that replaces sugar in foods, recipes, and beverages, and award-winning SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit in granular bags and packets, 50ml squeezable organic liquids, and 2-oz organic liquid drops. Local retailers for all SweetLeaf products can be found on SweetLeaf’s Store Locator page, or Shop.SweetLeaf.com

SweetLeaf makes it easy to switch from sugars to SweetLeaf with their Stevia Conversion Chart or interactive Stevia Conversion Calculator. SweetLeaf also has hundreds of easy-to-make low- or no-sugar recipes.

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About WISDOM NATURAL BRANDS®, maker of SweetLeaf® Sweetener and
SweetLeaf® Organic Monk Fruit Sweeteners

Wisdom Natural Brands®, based in Gilbert, Ariz., has been the leading stevia expert and industry pioneer with its plant-based SweetLeaf® Sweetener brand for 38 years. SweetLeaf is the only stevia brand winning 37 awards for taste and innovation. SweetLeaf Organic Monk Fruit is a 1:1 sugar replacement and available in granular, packets, squeezable, and liquid drops, totalling 18 products. SweetLeaf Sweeteners have zero calories, zero sugars, a non-glycemic response, and no artificial ingredients. SweetLeaf Stevia is sold in boxes containing 35 or 70 packets and shaker jars (organic or natural) for easy home use. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops® add flavor without calories, zero sugars, or artificial sweeteners to foods, beverages, and recipes. Organic Sweet Drops are available in three popular flavors: English Toffee, Vanilla Crème, and SteviaClear®. SweetLeaf Stevia Water Drops® add delicious flavor to still or sparkling water. New Better than Sugar!® powdered and granular, natural and organic, is a sugar replacement measuring 1:1 like sugar—without any of the calories or carbs and zero sugars. SweetLeaf Zero-Sugar Stevia Syrup, in three popular flavors, brings the incredible sweetness of stevia and monk fruit, with only 70 calories per serving. Wisdom introduced herbal blends made from Yerba Maté through its Wisdom of the Ancients® brand, one of the most respected herbal lines in the natural industry. Wisdom of the Ancients herbal blends are available in bags and loose leaves and come in a variety of beneficial flavors. And new zero-sugar, zero-calorie Yerba Maté Energy Shots, available in regular and orange flavors, provide energy with 200 nutrients and 100% naturally occurring caffeine. SweetLeaf Sweeteners and Wisdom of the Ancients’ products are available at: Shop.SweetLeaf.com, health food stores, natural groceries, supermarkets, and online retailers.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Barbara McFadden    
McFadden/Gavender
M: (520) 990-6040
barbara@mcfaddengavender.com
Website:
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