(Closed) Ummm…is stevia safe?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Stevia is safe since it is a natural sweetener. The same is true of Splenda if you prefer that instead.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

try agave syrup- it is not chemically altered and it is easier to process. I read skinny bitch too and I did the vegan diet until cheese broke my willpower. My sister is an athlete and she lost too much weight being a vegan and now she has to eat meat again, So I think it really works!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I honestly don’t have any “real” information on this.  About all I know about Stevia is that my childhood best friend’s family (who are certified health nuts) started using it about 15 years ago.  And they were always the first to start talking about how suchandsuch would cause cancer so it’s always gotten a free pass in my book.  (Not to mention, it comes from a plant.) But like I said, I haven’t looked into it myself.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I haven’t researched stevia… but I wouldn’t really take advice from “Skinny Bitch”. I haven’t read the book, but I flipped through it and their advice is what doctors and dieticians tell you NOT to do (such as “don’t eat until you are ravenous!” from the book, where a real doctor or dietician/nutritionist will tell you to eat multiple smaller meals a day). My impression of the book is that it was PETA-ish propaganda and not really focusing on health.

For dietary advice from books, “Real Food” by Nina Planck and “In Defense of Food” by Micheal Pollan are a couple of my top picks.

It may be worth it research stevia more. Sometimes various foods have strange effects that aren’t widely publicized. For example, soy has estrogen-like properties to it (holistic doctors sometime tell menapausal women to eat soy for this reason). And I know that dogs that eat food/supplements with flax seed in it have a harder time reproducing.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My GI doctor said it was easier on my digestive tract than the artificial sugars I have gravitated toward–which is the #1 reason i’m moving away from fake sugars as much as possible. It’s a tough switch–i am SO used to Equal. Stevia has a very different flavor I’m learning to like.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Listen, everything and anything out there will somehow be ‘bad’ for you.. I stick to organic foods, all natural etc.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

omg, that skinny bitch book. I loved it – but come on now. No cheese? I think my husband and i would die without pizza, no exaggeration. Probably just drop dead.

I second the agave thing – i had a TINY BIT on a waffle once and it was SO GOOD! I was going to buy some, but I shop at costco and I didn’t really need 3 bottles of it – it takes years to use a tiny bit of sugar in my house. As you can tell from my first paragraph, the only pies i bake are pizza pies.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

There will always be contraindications to anything.  However, Stevia is a natural substance and not chemically-altered.  I would suggest using this instead of artifical sweeteners.  But everyone’s body chemistry is different.  Will it cause cancer?  Probably not.  Could you have other side effects?  Sure.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@Amani – what more do you need in life besides those things? Except maybe some fruit and a pitcher to make that red wine into sangria in the summertime 😉

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

Ugh Skinny Bitch totally pissed me off. The first half of the book was full of AMAZING advice and then the second half got all preachy and annoying. I feel like a lot of people would read that book, hear their preachiness, and disregard all the good advice along with the bad. I’m all for a vegan diet if that is what you choose, but I find it hard to believe that the ONLY way to lose weight is to go vegan…

Anyways, I don’t know much about Stevia. When I was a nutrition major we had begun talking about it (it was becoming popular on grocery shelves) but didn’t delve too deep. I’m a fan of using a tiny bit of something completely natural (i.e. cane sugar) than using artificial/fake/alternative forms of sugar. I’ll have to look into agave syrup though 🙂

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

There is just no point in eating at all if you can’t have cheese.  Honestly.

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