Sunday, February 15, 2009

Day 322- Nutrition Bite

Stevia is an herb, and its extract can be hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. Stevia has virtually no calories and doesn't raise blood sugar levels. Stevia has been used as a sweetener in other parts of the world for several years. Side effects of stevia are generally mild, such as nausea and a feeling of fullness.

Does this mean that stevia is safe? What we currently know is that it is probably safe in moderate doses. However, until we have more research, women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should probably avoid using stevia. Similarly, people taking diabetes or blood pressure drugs should use stevia with caution because of the risk that it might cause hypoglycemia or hypotension when combined with these drugs.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Stevia is considered safe. Umm.. I read one article and then another. Mayo clinic is a fairly reliable internet source. It is important to find reliable sources or sources incongruent with your health philosophy.

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