Colas are going GREEN now. So what makes a cola green?
“Green Cola” is a new brand of carbonated soft drink that is zero sugar and zero calorie, but what makes it unique is having no phosphoric acid and no sugar.
Green Cola® is a different drink, no doubt – Established in Greece, Green Cola drinks are now available worldwide.
What Makes Green Cola Green?
Green Cola is a natural product because it contains natural ingredients. I mean REAL natural ingredients … not the fake natural ingredients we’re so used to in the USA, like MSG disguised on the label as natural flavorings.
Green Cola contains sweeteners from the stevia plant, natural caffeine from green coffee beans, and it has no aspartame, no phosphoric acid, no sugar nor any preservatives.
This is a true healthy cola alternative for a diabetic.
It took stevia decades to make it onto the American cola market due to the politics of Big Corporations, but it was always a great alternative to the laboratory/man-made/chemical/artificial sweeteners. Actually, stevia has been sold in colas and candies in many countries outside of the US. I have written about the history of stevia in my book Splenda®: Is It Safe Or Not?
FDA Burns Stevia Cookbooks
I’ll never forget when the FDA showed up at the Stevita Company’s warehouse in Arlington, Texas in the 1980s and “burned” all of their stevia cookbooks.
The history of stevia in the US reeks with politics, but now that stevia isn’t on the “the FDA hit-list” anymore, it is still one of the best alternatives to adding calorie-free sweetness.
No doubt, more stevia products could be available in the US, but more products are now moving up in the global markets. As long as aspartame and sucralose are still neck and neck in the sweetener fight for top profits, I guess consumers will just have to wait on stevia products, like in gum and in soft drinks.
It’s profit over health, but that’s the history of modern sweeteners in America.
Here, Not There
Many diet colas sweetened with stevia in other countries do not use stevia in America, and hence, have been discontinued due to diminishing sales and an unpleasant taste.
Pepsi Next® is sweetened with stevia, but is only available in Australia and France. Here in the good ole’ US, Pepsi Next contains sucralose and acesulfame-K, and no stevia.
Check out the label for the American version:
|7.5 fl oz
|Low Calorie Sweeteners
|Acesulfame Potassium (mg)
PepsiCo proudly announced in June 2013 that Pepsi Next no longer contained aspartame, but it was discontinued in 2015 due to diminishing sales, adverse health reactions, and an unpleasant taste.
Stevia Products Not In USA
Here are some new stevia products that are available today on the global market, but not in the USA:
- PepsiNext® (with stevia) sold in France & Australia; discontinued in the USA
- Biodrinks’ Nice Tea® is a mix of organically grown tea leaves, fruit juices, and sweet extracts of stevia
- Villars Maitres Chocolatiers® offers chocolates backed by more than a century creating Swiss chocolates; its 70% Dark Chocolate uses stevia for a mildly sweet and rich taste without much sugar
- Dessert Chocolate Fondant® by Cavalier is a Dessert Chocolate Fondant recognized as one of the top stevia products today
- SweetLeaf’s Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops® is a liquid extract made from high-grade stevia leaves, purified water, and natural food flavoring
- Power Ice Tea® sold in Romania with fruit juice, sugar, and stevia
A Natural Remedy
Stevia has been used as a traditional remedy for diabetes and gum disease in Paraguay and other South American countries for over 1,500-years. For centuries, people simply chewed the stevia leaf like any other tasty herb, such as mint or rosemary.
Its natural side-effects result in a healthy mouth, teeth and gums.
Research studies show that stevia improves the function of cells in the pancreas needed for insulin production, and can also improve glucose tolerance in people with diabetes. According to the generations of people who have used stevia as a part of their daily diet, stevia regulates blood sugar and has been used for decades as a treatment for diabetes and gum disease.
Hum – don’t YOU wonder why more stevia products aren’t available in the US?
Unlike other sweeteners, stevia has anti-viral benefits. Consumer evidence shows that stevia has blood pressure lowering properties and can be a useful treatment for hypertension. Further research is needed in the US, of course, to declare these health benefits as “real”; nonetheless, stevia users are experiencing these positive side effects to their benefit, and what’s wrong with that?
Stevia is a much safer sweetener alternative compared to the man-made artificial sweeteners, especially during pregnancy, for children, and for diabetics who stand to benefit from its soothing glucose effects.
Tips To Avoid Bitterness
* Try different brands of stevia before giving up on it; some are milder tasting than others.
* Stevia is much sweeter than chemical sweeteners, such as aspartame, so use significantly less than you might think is “necessary.” Start with one-quarter the amount of stevia you’d normally use of the other sweeteners, and then increase as needed. Any bitterness is usually a result of using too much.
People who have used stevia for generations in South America, Japan, Greece, and Indonesian countries never use the gluttonous amounts of the artificial sweeteners that we, Americans, use every day. They aren’t as obese, either.
But again, these products aren’t available in the good ole’ USA.
Well, I guess it’s time to go GREEN!
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