None of these are side effects that are pleasant and they do not make you feel good.
How is Stevia Processed
The potential issue of why stevia may cause issues lies in the fact that products we see in grocery stores are highly processed. Just like the definition of clean above, we want to see foods closest to their natural state.
Stevia is processed by continuous refining of the chemicals in the plant leaves. This is an extremely detailed process that involves some serious chemistry and chemical reactions.
There are a number of in depth articles that dive into the multistep process for refining of the stevia plant.
Take a look at the information out there for yourself and make a determination if you think stevia refining is “natural” or clean. The goal of clean eating is try to eat foods as close as possible the natural state.
Image Credit: Judith D. Perrier, Jeremy J. Mihalov, Susan J. Carlson, FDA regulatory approach to steviol glycosides, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Volume 122, 2018, Pages 132-142, ISSN 0278-6915, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fct.2018.09.062.
People with autoimmune issues that consume stevia could see a “blood sugar rollercoaster” due to the fact that the sweet sensors of the brain are triggered but no sugar or calories from sugar are going into the bloodstream. This is well explained by the Automimmune Association in its blog post.
The author even states that non-autoimmune compromised people can suffer from the same issue with blood sugar.
In the interview with Dr. Goran he is skeptical about highly refined sugars such as stevia. We are also skeptical about this product based on talking to experts like Dr. Goran and from personal experiences with the substance.
So the overall conclusion on Stevia is to stay away from it. Just like most processed and highly refined sugars, they fall into the gray area. Here at Wake Up, we like to stay way from the grey area.
There are plenty of natural sugars such as dates, date syrup, and maple syrup that can meet your sweetness needs.
Here at Wake Up and Read The Labels, we help people learn how to read ingredient labels on the food they eat. We are not licensed, medical professionals. We are here to educate. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.
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