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Dizziness after stevia?

Answered on December 28, 2017
Created October 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I've noticed a link between using stevia (we're talking very small amounts here; less than a teaspoon) and bouts of dizziness within a few hours.

In a way I'm relieved that since I figured out the link, I've stopped having it (it tasted like baboon's arse* anyway) and consequently, the lightheadedness has also vanished.

Just wanted to know if I'm on my own, or if anyone else has experienced a correlation between stevia use and dizziness?

*Disclaimer: I've never actually tasted a baboon's arse.

57edcaf6b9ad9b653c58b51593026679

on October 13, 2013
at 12:04 AM

I am laughing over here hysterically since I just made tea with the fresh herb stevia and a swear it tasted like farm. Then I said i could hear the cattle lowing but baboon arse takes the cake !!!!!!!

57edcaf6b9ad9b653c58b51593026679

on October 13, 2013
at 12:03 AM

Pepsi and coke own those versions of stevia and the cargill company. They treat it with lots of chemicals before it is marketed and its horrible. Reacts just like aspartame and I am sad and mad that its all being tainted now.

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Thanks for responding - that sounds terrifying. Glad you made the connection! Thanks for the info.

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:24 AM

I'm sorry you've had a similar experience, but in a way I'm also reassured to find it's not just me! ;)

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:21 AM

I do have extremely low blood pressure, yeah - to the point where I suffer from postural hypotension sometimes. Huh. Thanks for your reply; informative!

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on October 25, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I'm in the UK: the brand I used was PureVia and previous to going fully Paleo I used Tate & Lyle Light at Heart (a sugar / stevia glycoside blend). Both appear to have induced the same symptoms.

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on January 21, 2013
at 09:01 PM

There was a thread a while back about stevia being a mild vasodilator. Do you have normally low-ish blood pressure? If you take a vasodilator with low BP you'll end up dizzy. (Be careful. I have rather low normal BP and almost passed out after some stevia.)

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:21 AM

I do have extremely low blood pressure, yeah - to the point where I suffer from postural hypotension sometimes. Huh. Thanks for your reply; informative!

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:52 PM

That always happens to me if i consume any form of stevia! Took me months to make this connection - glad you made it right away! IMO stevia is just too effective as a blood pressure reducing supplement instead of a natural sweetener.

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

(165)

on February 20, 2013
at 02:24 AM

I'm sorry you've had a similar experience, but in a way I'm also reassured to find it's not just me! ;)

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on October 25, 2012
at 05:54 AM

Im glad you haven't tasted baboon arse, but I'm sure it's paleo, lol.

I have this happen to me, almost like the stevia makes me super hungry too, almost hyperglycemic. Especially if its on an empty stomach, I cant help with the why thought sorry!

57edcaf6b9ad9b653c58b51593026679

on October 13, 2013
at 12:04 AM

I am laughing over here hysterically since I just made tea with the fresh herb stevia and a swear it tasted like farm. Then I said i could hear the cattle lowing but baboon arse takes the cake !!!!!!!

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on December 28, 2017
at 01:05 AM

I thought I was imagining things when I had a panic attack after using Stevia. I feel validated after reading these posts!  Thank you!

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:38 PM

PureVia is not stevia. It's an stevia extract (rebaudioside a). Stevia is supposed to have some benefits, like improved insulin sensitivity. Some people tried to see if reb a has the same benefits that stevia has, but the studies show that it doesn't.

1 week after I started consuming reb a, but in the form of Truvia, I woke up and my automatic breathing stopped (so I had to breath voluntarily). Soon after I was having a panic attack, for the first time in my life, and went to the hospital. Normal breathing returned in a few hours.

I stopped consuming Truvia for a few days, because I ate many other new foods at that time, and was trying to figure out which one triggered it. I didn't have any other panic attack for a few days, so I said, it was probably a one time thing. I drank something with Truvia that night, and at 6 a.m. I woke up again with my breathing paralyzed.

What happened to me doesn't seem to be abnormal. I googled stevia, panic attack, and found somebody who had almost the same experience as I did. Check this guy's experience: http://forums.lowcarber.org/archive/index.php/t-109690.html

I believe not everyone will be sensitive to it. I was hypothyroid at the time, which can increase the risk of SIBO or gut problems. I think it's in that environment that Reb A (Truvia, PureVia) can be most harmful.

Reb A doesn't have any benefit that Stevia doesn't. It's probably worse than Stevia. I think the main reason companies sell it in the Reb A form is that Reb A can be patented, while Stevia isn't, so if they find some benefit of Reb A, like maybe extra sweetness, nobody else would be able to sell it.

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

(165)

on February 20, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Thanks for responding - that sounds terrifying. Glad you made the connection! Thanks for the info.

57edcaf6b9ad9b653c58b51593026679

on October 13, 2013
at 12:03 AM

Pepsi and coke own those versions of stevia and the cargill company. They treat it with lots of chemicals before it is marketed and its horrible. Reacts just like aspartame and I am sad and mad that its all being tainted now.

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on October 25, 2012
at 06:21 AM

what kind/brand of stevia were you using?

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

(165)

on October 25, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I'm in the UK: the brand I used was PureVia and previous to going fully Paleo I used Tate & Lyle Light at Heart (a sugar / stevia glycoside blend). Both appear to have induced the same symptoms.

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