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Whats the consensus on Stevia?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Look at this article on Stevia seen at the link here - http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/stevia/

Good for teeth?

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on June 05, 2013
at 01:58 PM

Stevia in the Raw also has no aftertaste!

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:36 AM

The old, "its natural argument" :P Opium poppy, sassafras (powerful carcinogen), datura, mandrake root and tobacco are all natural.

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:27 PM

I buy from Pure Bulk. http://purebulk.com/stevia-extract-90

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on August 29, 2011
at 11:26 PM

Danielle, you and that goat, thick as thieves. Rub it in why doncha?

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Hi Terry. If you want to share what kind/brand do you get? I would like to try it.

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on August 29, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Hey Shari. What kind of Stevia do you buy? Brand? I would like to try it.

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on August 29, 2011
at 02:16 AM

I use it. It keeps me sane and on my straight and narrow. I love it.

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on August 29, 2011
at 01:22 AM

My mom dices up stevia leaves to put on her greek yogurt. Personally, I can't quite get past the "Nutrasweet" taste, unless it is hidden well in something like ginger ale.

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on August 29, 2011
at 01:07 AM

What about stevia plants? I've seen those for sale here in Hawaii. I probably wouldn't buy one since I don't use sugar/ sugar replacements, but some friends have been telling me about their plants.

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on August 28, 2011
at 11:15 PM

I've used the dried herb with other herbal teas in lieu of honey or sugar to sweeten the drink, but wouldn't use the granulated form as a sugar replacement. The only sugar I eat is a plop of palm sugar in my coffee each morning.

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on August 28, 2011
at 10:45 PM

Some studies actually do say it is good for you, or at least good for some. "the evidence is mounting that stevia actually is an insulin sensitizer that can aid in glucose tolerance and clearance after a meal". "The Japanese have been using stevia for decades in the treatment of type 2 diabetics. I get you though, it's a hard thing for some of us to not crave sweet things which is why I don't use stevia a lot. But, as far as natural sweeteners go I think it's the best one and actually has some benefits. More here www.marksdailyapple.com/stevia

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on August 28, 2011
at 10:03 PM

Consensus? This is PaleoHacks - we don't need no stinking consensus! Getting people to agree around here is kinda like herding cats... Okay, back to Stevia: I use it, I like it. But as Dr. Harris says - if you want to stop craving sweets, stop eating sweet things. Well of course it's better than refined sugar for your teeth, it has no calories to feed bacteria.

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on August 28, 2011
at 08:13 PM

Stevia feels like a workaround to me. "It won't kill you" isn't the same as "it's good for you."

I've worked very hard to remove sugar and sweets from my diet. I don't crave them any more. Additives like Stevia would be a huge step back towards my old diet, even if it's "okay" to eat. I'd rather just move forward without sugar/sweets in my diet.

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on August 28, 2011
at 10:45 PM

Some studies actually do say it is good for you, or at least good for some. "the evidence is mounting that stevia actually is an insulin sensitizer that can aid in glucose tolerance and clearance after a meal". "The Japanese have been using stevia for decades in the treatment of type 2 diabetics. I get you though, it's a hard thing for some of us to not crave sweet things which is why I don't use stevia a lot. But, as far as natural sweeteners go I think it's the best one and actually has some benefits. More here www.marksdailyapple.com/stevia

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on August 28, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Here are all of the previous posts about stevia

Personally I think it's a great option.

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on August 29, 2011
at 03:50 AM

From a recent study:

"Stevia [...] significantly reduced [post-meal] glucose levels compared to sucrose [...] , and [post-meal] insulin levels compared to both aspartame and sucrose."

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on August 29, 2011
at 01:03 AM

I'd rather guzzle a gallon of local honey than put a flake of the fake stuff on my tongue. But that's because I'm hardcore Paleo.

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on August 29, 2011
at 01:07 AM

What about stevia plants? I've seen those for sale here in Hawaii. I probably wouldn't buy one since I don't use sugar/ sugar replacements, but some friends have been telling me about their plants.

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(24553)

on August 29, 2011
at 01:22 AM

My mom dices up stevia leaves to put on her greek yogurt. Personally, I can't quite get past the "Nutrasweet" taste, unless it is hidden well in something like ginger ale.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on August 29, 2011
at 11:26 PM

Danielle, you and that goat, thick as thieves. Rub it in why doncha?

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:20 PM

I have used it in my tea daily for about 7 years. I eat no other sweets & have zero sweet cravings.

I eat pie 2X/Yr - Thanksgiving & Christmas - no other sweets.

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Hi Terry. If you want to share what kind/brand do you get? I would like to try it.

Cbcb4cbf874e08dc0797ffce5e8f9a93

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on August 30, 2011
at 03:27 PM

I buy from Pure Bulk. http://purebulk.com/stevia-extract-90

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on August 29, 2011
at 05:06 AM

Any scientific arguments aside, I don't think it tastes good. I avoid sugar as much as I can - your tastebuds adapt - and use honey when I really can't avoid a sweetener. Life is too short to eat something that tastes less than good IMO.

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on March 18, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Good or bad for you I just can't stand the taste--nothing covers up the bitter. It's a no-go for me.

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on August 29, 2011
at 01:00 AM

There's nothing about it that is bad for teeth. To my knowledge it does not promote bacterial growth.

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on April 21, 2013
at 04:09 PM

"The stevia plant is a perennial shrub native to Paraguay and Brazil. Native Americans in these regions realized that the leaves were sweet, and used them to season teas and other foods. The plant is also sometimes called sweetleaf or sugarleaf, in a reference to the natural sweetness held in the leaves."

That sounds paleo if you ask me.

The only place I have used it is in this fabulous (and I mean fabulous) recipe for Paleo meatloaf: http://www.eatingforidiots.com/homestyle-meatloaf/

The recipe doesn't call for it, but a pinch of stevia added to the ketchup recipe makes me cry tears of joy. I don't find it increases my sugar cravings.

Like anything you put into your body, try it and see if you like the results. If you don't like the results, and you feel better without it, then stop using it.

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on March 26, 2013
at 10:39 PM

Try the Kal brand of stevia -- no aftertaste! I also found some of the other brands to have funky aftertaste.

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on June 05, 2013
at 01:58 PM

Stevia in the Raw also has no aftertaste!

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on March 18, 2013
at 10:37 AM

I am on (read it!) day 3 of drastically changing my eating habits-Paleo. I doubt that I'd be able to stay on this (new lifestyle) diet if I couldn't at least use my stevia in my coffee, tea, etc. I barely have any thyroid left from my lupus destroying it(hashimoto's thyroiditis)for the past 40 years, so my self-control over eating needs as much help as I can find. To just completely take away all sweets at this point would be the end before I've hardly begun. I also want to add-I love this site!! Ellen from Binghamton, NY

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:33 AM

The sweetner chemicals have the chemical structure of a steriod, so its likley it either boosts or suppresses the immune system. And the jury isnt back yet on whether it causes cancer either.

As for consesus, there isnt one. Some folks here love it, some wouldnt touch it with a barge pole.

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:20 AM

I use it in my coffee and tea. It does taste a bit different than sugar, but I like it. However, you should use the liquid drops and not the powder. The powder is bitter and horrible! The brand I'm currently drinking in my coffee (with coconut milk, too!) is Better Stevia Original by Now. It costs a little over $5 for 2 oz. which will last me a pretty long time. I don't understand the controversy since stevia is made from a root.

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:36 AM

The old, "its natural argument" :P Opium poppy, sassafras (powerful carcinogen), datura, mandrake root and tobacco are all natural.

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on August 29, 2011
at 01:48 AM

Google the following and then report back: "Stevia Dan Quinn."

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