Stevia

How does Stevia work?

Stevia is a plant that contains natural sweeteners that are used in foods. Researchers have also evaluated the affect of chemicals in stevia on blood pressure and blood sugar levels. However, research results have been mixed.

Are there safety concerns?

Stevia and sweeteners contained in stevia are safe when used as a sweetener in foods.

Some people who take stevia or a component of stevia called stevioside can experience bloating or nausea. Other people have reported feelings of dizziness, muscle pain, and numbness.

Stevia might cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family of plants including ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many other plants.

Do not take stevia if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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