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Hungry from Stevia?

Answered on March 30, 2017
Created March 27, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I suspect the use of Stevia is making me hungry. I know it's been used in South America as an appetite stimulant for cattle. Anyone else hungry after using it?

You have to know that I react very sensitive to sugar substitutes. Especially the artificial ones: they make me hungry and eventually binge.

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Non-caloric sweetners induce hunger (moreso than caloric sweetners). its because the sweet receptors in your mouth, and in your pancrease both trigger insulin release than isnt met with actual calories.

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on October 17, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Love this answer.

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on June 21, 2012
at 12:41 PM

Dear Jack, that doesn't explain why I don't get this effect with sugar....

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on May 15, 2012
at 04:39 PM

I came across one study that talked about stevia/blood sugar. There was a certain "dose" range and depending on that it raised or lowered. Sorry I do not recall what the qty/dose is. I use it extremely sparingly and am trying to cut it out altogether as I do notice it does impact my "thoughts" about sweets.

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on March 27, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Stevia actually suppresses my appetite.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on March 27, 2012
at 04:05 PM

IMO, That actually reinforces the idea of emotional conditioning -- your mind is saying "that isn't real food" and triggers your body to demand MORE of the real stuff. So the "hunger" -is- real... but it's caused not by the actual substance, but by your brain's recognition that, while a certain TASTE is there, the requisite body signals saying that it's real have not been 'met'. *S*

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on March 27, 2012
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Definitely for me!

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Fo me definitely!

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Looked it up: it's literally around the corner, at my raw food market. THX!

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:34 PM

I'll Google it to see if it's available here, in Amsterdam. Amazon doesn't always ship!

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Well, the thing is that this doesn't happen when I eat sugar or honey. These satisfy me, as where Stevia causes hunger....

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21a2ad8d7068b35428fc68ca3d53a6e0

on April 19, 2012
at 02:00 AM

Yes this stuff makes me crazy hungry. It really messed with something in the satiety center and brings on an un-natural hunger that is almost maddening. I had to eliminate it altogether to finally rid myself of the drive to eat anything that wasn't roadkill. The other artificial sweeteners also make me hungry but not like that one. Maybe some people are more sensitive to it to others but it's not for me.

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on March 27, 2012
at 10:31 AM

Even with a binge-sensitive nature (former bulimic), I haven't had a problem with stevia. However, I -have- heard that some folks do have a kind of emotional conditioning where exposure to ANYTHING sweet triggers a binge, whether it has calories or not. That may be what's going on with you and stevia. I'd suggest letting go of all sweets, even sweet herbs, etc., like stevia, for 3 months or so (it takes longer to get rid of an emotional craving than it does a physiological reaction, in my experience, so the usual 6 weeks doesn't cut it for me with emotionally-charged stuff), and then doing some 'challenges' of small things, like a bit of LEAF stevia steeped in tea.

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on March 27, 2012
at 04:05 PM

IMO, That actually reinforces the idea of emotional conditioning -- your mind is saying "that isn't real food" and triggers your body to demand MORE of the real stuff. So the "hunger" -is- real... but it's caused not by the actual substance, but by your brain's recognition that, while a certain TASTE is there, the requisite body signals saying that it's real have not been 'met'. *S*

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Well, the thing is that this doesn't happen when I eat sugar or honey. These satisfy me, as where Stevia causes hunger....

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on March 27, 2012
at 08:49 AM

Yeah - that's what I thought. Appetite stimulation is mediated by insulin secretion, and subsequent serum glucose depression. This may be, to some extent, quantity/intensity related.

Artificial sweeteners are known for this, and "Stevia marketing" claims it doesn't.

Personally, if were to venture an opinion, I would say it doesn't matter - the insulin response is provoked by the brain's reaction to sweet taste. It "learns" to respond quickly due to the toxic nature of blood fructose and glucose.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 17, 2012
at 02:29 PM

It's very simple.

Our taste buds send signals to our brain, in turn, it releases insulin as a pre-emptive strike to clear out any glucose in the blood stream. Especially for something that's several hundreds of times sweeter than sugar like stevia, or artificial sweeteners.

If you're fasting, or just woke up, this takes the tiny bit of glucose out of your blood. You instantly feel hungry because there's no actual macronutrients in your tea, so your body says Ooops! We need more food now, brain's in danger.

If you don't eat, you'll go into gluconeogenesis via cortisol signaling. So you're better off avoiding all sweeteners if you're trying to cut down on calories.

You'll get fatter if you consume zero calorie foods that are very sweet.

Your best course of action is to break your addiction to sweets. You can use L-Glutamine for this. Anytime you feel a craving to eat, have a little bit of it. ALA can also help.

The better path is to become fat adapted and get into ketosis - doesn't have to be all the time, but once you're adapted to burn fat, it's no longer a problem. One thing that can help this is black coffee as it shuts down hunger, and to add extra virgin coconut oil to it (or have it bulletproof.) Don't over do this as the fat calories do count in the long term, however, if you do it just right (remove fat from elsewhere when you use this), it can cut down your appetite. Best yet, since caffeine and coconut oil do not trigger an insulin response, as long as you don't overwhelm your system with it, your fat cells will open up and release their fat stores so you can burn them.

Insulin prevents fat cells from releasing their stores. So as long as you eat anything sweet (even zero calorie), or even proteins (though to a lesser degree due to glucagon stimulation), you won't burn fat.

Learn to love your coffee black - if you can't drink it black either you're not used to it yet, or it's really crappy low quality stuff and you should find a better brand.

Look into intermittent fasting in the mornings, bulletproof coffee, and carb backloading at night after work outs.

If you're not trying to lose fat, just use a good sweetener, like a high quality maple syrup, or a good unfiltered local honey. BTW: avoid agave nectar - organic or not, it's pure fructose, even more so than HFCS.

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on October 17, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Love this answer.

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Check out my answer here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/107533/diet-coke-pepsi-soft-drinks-in-general/107582#107582

It's all the same, stevia, truvia, aspartame, agave nectar, etc: sweet things can cause an insulin response in people which, as you see can make you hungry.

My general rule is "if it's sweet it will kill you". Basically I just try to get the point across that you can't cheat your way into sweet flavors by avoid sugar and think it's OK. It's best to just cut the sweets from your diet.

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on March 27, 2012
at 01:46 PM

I posted a similar answer in another thread, but most artificial sweeteners are like methadone to sugar addicts. Whenever I taste anything with aspartame or sucralose type poisons, I start to craaaave sweets (even sugarfree gum did this to me for a while. Nooo more of that!).

As for stevia, it's been the one I can control. I have a small amount in my black coffee, cook with it sometimes, use it with coconut flour to make a treat...and I'm able to control it. It doesn't set me off to binge like one taste of sugar or artificial sweeteners do!

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on March 27, 2012
at 01:09 PM

I have the exact same problem with Stevia. Even a small drop in my tea in the morning and I'm eating anything that is not nailed down! It's terrible! It's like I'm possessed! I've never had that kind of reaction to a food before. Not even other artificial sweeteners, not that I really use them often to begin with. I've learned to enjoy my tea straight up.

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on March 27, 2012
at 08:13 AM

Kinda interesting because i thought Stevia shouldnt do this because it doesnt raise blood sugar.

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on March 30, 2017
at 12:49 PM

I believe it is an appetite-stimulant. I started drinking those unsweetened sodas with some liquid stevia (ingredients: de-ionized water, stevia, extract, 11% alcohol) and I started snacking halfway through the day. I've been doing One meal a day for about 3 months so at first I thought it was the soda but now I think it is the stevia because the soda is "only carbonated water, naturally essenced) with no natural flavor which I am sensitive to. It didn't occur to me that it could be the stevia until halfway through a can when I realized that the weirdest, most unnatural thing about the soda was the added stevia. Then I looked up it stimulates appetite in cattle. Now I'm not a cow but One of these things, the carbonated, MSG-free, water or the stevia is making this OMAD-er snack in the middle of the day and I think its the stevia.

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on May 27, 2013
at 08:32 AM

Thank you #3, very wise!!

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on May 27, 2013
at 08:27 AM

I'm struggling w/systemic Candida (yes it does exist, tests been taken have the "leaky gut" can't eat much but organic chicken and so on.) Stevia, why I looked @ this seems to make me want to eat the house! I'm an 105 a major athletic person getting bigger by the day!? Candida causes sugar and carb cravings... after drinking Vitamin Zero with stevia I want MC Donalds!! See ya, it gives me a headache, itching just like almost all foods cantaloupe, you name it. Like a previous person wrote, everyone is different. I'm becoming bulimic at working out, 10-12 miles a day of guilt the cravings are insane. There is evidence to this, won't go further w/my problems. Doctors (not MD's believe much, or seem to know much) - just glad to find this site and no I'm not alone. I thought it was my facial cream, which also causes headaches with glycerin = soy. Just went further, sorry @ this point angry.

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on June 20, 2012
at 11:49 AM

Virtually all of the studies about sugar substitutes causing an insulin response were in rodents. No significant scientific data exists to prove that it does the same for people, and some studies even suggest it does not. The placebo effect is powerful, friend.

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on June 21, 2012
at 12:41 PM

Dear Jack, that doesn't explain why I don't get this effect with sugar....

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on May 15, 2012
at 04:25 PM

I was wondering: Since Stevia has the ability to lower blood sugar, would that be why I get so ravenous after consuming it? That it causes my blood sugar to fall, to the point that makes me hungry? What do you guys think?

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on May 15, 2012
at 04:39 PM

I came across one study that talked about stevia/blood sugar. There was a certain "dose" range and depending on that it raised or lowered. Sorry I do not recall what the qty/dose is. I use it extremely sparingly and am trying to cut it out altogether as I do notice it does impact my "thoughts" about sweets.

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Looked it up: it's literally around the corner, at my raw food market. THX!

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:27 PM

Try lucuma. It's a zero calorie sweetener like stevia that was used a lot in South America by the tribes there like the Incans. It's paleo friendly but I haven't tried it yet so don't take my word for it that it will help with your situation.

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:34 PM

I'll Google it to see if it's available here, in Amsterdam. Amazon doesn't always ship!

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on March 27, 2012
at 01:32 PM

I've heard that sweet tastes (whether from natural or artificial sweeteners) can mess with your hormones and satiety. I can't fully explain the science, but I know that sweetener use can lead to overeating for some people.

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:45 PM

Definitely for me!

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:45 PM

Fo me definitely!

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