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Sweet Leaf Stevia
Yes, but why?: It's safe, but why would you want to take it? Sugar actually has very few calories, and you shouldn't try to lose weight during pregnancy, so why take any artificial sweetener? Also stay away from supplements of any kind except as prescribed by your doctor. Be cautious until after delivery, you only get the one chance at this, and pregnancy isn't 100% safe to begin with. ...Read more
Can stevia cause cavities ? (sweet leaf the only sugar substitute from a plant not made of chemicals)
Cutting out sugar for health. Afraid of splenda and nutra sweet. What about other alternatives like stevia or agave? Any red flags or recommendations?
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. ...Read more
Im using stevia in the raw as a sweetener. It contains dextrose and stevia leaf extract. Is it a healthy choice for diabetics?
Check blood sugars: Sweeteners even from plants can raise your blood sugar. The best way to see how you react to stevia or other sweeteners is to monitor your blood sugar closely 1-2hours after ingesting it. This will give you the best idea of the effects it has on you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am 6 months pregnant and i was wondering if a chamomile tea containing valerian root, passionflower and stevia leaf extract is safe?
Why?: Why would you want to take anything when you're pregnant, especially when you don't know what's in the supplement you're ingesting. Play it safe, don't experiment on your baby. There are no supplements (except those ordered by your ob) that are good and safe in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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