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What are the various known reactions to stevia?

What are the various known reactions to stevia?

Safety: Stevia may increase the effect of lowering blood sugar, and may also lower blood pressure. There was conflicting evidence suggesting it promotes cancer, but these data were not confirmed on further studies. Stevia refined extract (rebaudioside a) is "general recognized as safe" as a sweetener. Mild stomach upset and rare allergic reactions are possible.

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Dr. John Chiu
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Studies say artificial sweetener cause people to crave more sweet & food carbs & result in wgt gain, higher sugar. True 4 natural sweetener stevia also?

Studies say artificial sweetener cause people to crave more sweet & food carbs & result in wgt gain, higher sugar. True 4 natural sweetener stevia also?

Not so with Stevia: No. A study I found (http://www. Sciencedirect. Com/science/article/pii/S0195666310000826) showed that with Stevia, there was no craving. Also, there was no increase in insulin levels, unlike with aspartame, which is important regarding the issue of insulin resistance. Hope that helps.

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What negative side affects happen if I have too much splenda/ sweet n low/ or stevia?

What negative side affects happen if I have too much splenda/ sweet n low/ or stevia?

No problem: The artificial sweeteners are all pretty much interchangable from a medical standpoint. Pick which ever one tastes best to you. Some cannot be used in cooking. Who knows what "too much" means? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet.

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When and how do you use stevia?

When and how do you use stevia?

Stevia: This a natural sweetener made from plant extracts. It tends to be quite sweet. It is used to replace sugar. Best is to sprinkle some do taste test to determine if you need more.

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Do you know stevia liquid 25%?

Do you know stevia liquid 25%?

No, but. . .: Stevia liquid 25% sounds like it is part stevia and part other things. Stevia is a sweetener made from the sweet species stevia rebaudiana. It is much sweeter than sugar, and does not add calories or carbohydrates to the food. Stevia is considered quite safe to use, but as with any non-regulated dietary supplement, dose/purity/side-effects/etc... May vary between brands and batches of product.

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Are stevia or xylitol safe sweeteners?

Are stevia or xylitol safe sweeteners?

Maybe.: Both products are advertised as coming from natural sources, so it would seem that they should be safe. They just haven't been used long enough yet to prove their safety.

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Can I have stevia before a blood test?

Can I have stevia before a blood test?

Yes: It won't affect blood tests, but anything else you eat or drink may affect tests that have to be drawn fasting.

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Can any doc tell me what's stevia and where can I buy it?

Can any doc tell me what's stevia and where can I buy it?

Natural sweetener: Stevia is a plant-based sugar substitute that has no calories. The term “stevia” refers to Stevia rebaudiana, which is a South American plant. Only certain parts of the plant are sweet. Highly purified extracts from the leaves of the plant are called “steviol glycosides.” They are 200 to 400 times sweeter than sugar. It can be bought at many groceries.

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Can you tell me about stevia extract for diabetic patient?

Can you tell me about stevia extract for diabetic patient?

Stevia: Wikipedia has an extensive discussion regarding Stevia extract and that should help you understand. If you don't have computer access you could go to your local library for help or discuss this with your doctor. There are benefits and risks for Stevia but benefits are usually more common than risks.

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Why would stevia be better for you rather than refined sugar?

It isn't: Neither is good or bad in small amounts. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet.

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I use stevia in my tea. Is organic stevia sweeteners healthy and how much can I use?

I use stevia in my tea. Is organic stevia sweeteners healthy and how much can I use?

Non-commital: Stevia is not healthy nor non-healthy. It is a sugar substitute and may help people in controlling their intake of sugar. Moderation is generally a good idea. We do not know the long term effects.

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Could the sweetener stevia be a bowel irritant in certain individuals?

Could the sweetener stevia be a bowel irritant in certain individuals?

Stevia: It is not a common cause of bowel irritation but it could happen. I suggest that you get a small supply and see that it is OK. If it turns out not to be OK, you will probably get back to normal soon after you stop taking it.

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Is pure via the same as stevia?

Is pure via the same as stevia?

Not exactly: Purevia is a brand of sweetener based on stevia, which means purevia contains stevia extract, but also contains other things. Stevia is a family of plants, so the word means different things, depending on what one is talking about.

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Can there be anything harmful about stevia?

Can there be anything harmful about stevia?

No problem: The artificial sweeteners are all pretty much interchangable from a medical standpoint. Pick which ever one tastes best to you. Some cannot be used in cooking.

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Can stevia help treat diabetes?

Can stevia help treat diabetes?

Not really.: Stevia is a plant extract which is an artificial sweetener (food additive, not a medication). Using this to sweeten foods and drinks instead of sugar will make for less of a glucose elevation, but it is not an actual treatment. A 'treatment' for diabetes is a medication that actively lowers the blood sugar level.

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Does stevia have any sugar in it?

Does stevia have any sugar in it?

Glucose molecules: There are glucose molecules attached to the basic structure of stevia. However, since it is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, it does not affect blood sugars and has no significant calories.

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