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Aversion to Stevia (or Cilantro)? Your Genes May Be to Blame

Stevia and Cilantro Share a Compound That Some Can’t Stand

Julia Child famously said of cilantro, “I would pick it out if I saw it and throw it on the floor.” That’s exactly how our marketing manager, Hillary, feels about the leafy green herb and another leafy green sweetener that’s quickly crowding out sugar, stevia.

Flavor chemists have discovered that some people have an aversion to cilantro, and other polarizing tastes like stevia, that may actually be hard-wired into their genetic make-up. Cilantro contains a substance called an aldehyde, which simply tastes nasty to a handful of folks because of their genetic makeup. As is turns out, stevia also contains aldehydes. Taste aversion mystery solved!

While most of our members and employees love our new berry-flavored Heart Plus Powder, which is sweetened with the all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener stevia, some folks just don’t like stevia, plain and simple.

So while Hillary’s sticking to Heart Plus pills, if you hate taking tons of pills everyday and like stevia (like Cindy, Teri, and Donnaree), you might want to switch to Heart Plus Powder.

Psssst: You might want to tell all of your lazy friends with heart health concerns to give Heart Plus Powder a try for three months and see how they feel. They might just thank you forever!