Recorded Webinar: Stevia: The Science Behind the Sweet

Sugar reduction is one of the primary ways consumers believe foods and beverages can be made healthier; however, these same consumers still expect sweetness and great taste. To deliver on both these demands, food manufacturers are turning to stevia, a plant-based, zero-calorie sweetener.

Join Keith Ayoob, EdD, RDN, FAND, for a complimentary webinar that reviews the most recent scientific evidence supporting the use of stevia to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and improve quality of life. As part of the conversation, Dr. Ayoob explores stevia’s origins and evolution, highlights important safety and regulatory considerations, and dives deep into the scientific literature surrounding sugar and caloric intake, from the effects on blood glucose and insulin levels to its influence on blood pressure and gut microbiota.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, nutrition professionals will be better able to:

  1. Interpret the key motivators propelling heightened interest in sugar reduction.
  2. Understand the foundations of stevia sweeteners from their origins to their evolution as a leading solution to reduce sugar consumption.
  3. Educate clients on the extensive regulatory reviews and scientific studies affirming stevia's health and safety credentials.
  4. Detail the positive health implications associated with stevia and highlight innovative ways to help clients' meet their sugar-reduction goals.

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Keith Thomas Ayoob is Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he directed a nutrition clinic for 32 years for persons with special needs, specializing in obesity and family dynamics and utilizing motivational counseling.

In the private sector, Dr. Ayoob has actively advocated for positive strategic change. He co-authored a highly regarded global nutrition policy for the Walt Disney Corporation in 2006 and updated those landmark guidelines in 2012. These guidelines received wide acclaim, including endorsement by the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Long an advocate against fad dieting, Dr. Ayoob gave invited testimony before Congress against the marketing of diet pills to children. He co-authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ position paper on food and nutrition myths and misinformation.

Dr. Ayoob sits on several advisory boards, including the editorial board of the journal Childhood Obesity. As an Academy media spokesperson, he participated in over 1,000 television, print, and digital media interviews. He posts his EdibleRx column on his website,

Dr. Ayoob received his doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College and his master’s from Columbia’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Keith Ayoob, EdD, RDN, FAND, faculty for this event, has the following relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose: he is a scientific advisory board member for the McCormick Science Institute and a consultant for Calorie Control Council, The Glutamate Association, and Potatoes USA. He has received honoraria from the International Stevia Council, and he is a former consultant to the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and Bayer Crop Science.

The International Stevia Council is the authoritative voice for the stevia industry to improve the diets and health of people globally by addressing sugars and calories in food. Learn more at

Diane Welland #24016 is approved by the CDR to offer 1.0 CPEU for this webinar.

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