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Are There Downsides to the Sweetener Stevia?

Artificial Sweetener Stevia

Though Stevia is 300 to 400 times sweeter than sugar, the Center of Science in the Public Interest, which is a food advocacy group, considers it safer than other substitutes and artificial sweeteners.

Many products club Stevia with other sugar alcohols like erythritol, which can cause digestive complications.

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Are There Downsides to the Sweetener Stevia?

Are There Downsides to the Sweetener Stevia?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/well/eat/stevia-sweetener-sugar-side-effects-downsides.html

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Sugar Substitute

Stevia, a sugar substitute, is generally regarded as safe by health and food safety organizations. The studies that they rely on are industry-funded, so we have to take their take on this artificial sugar with a pinch of salt.

The World Health Organization says that the main extract of Stevia, called steviol glycosides is safe in the amounts that are typically used.

Artificial Sweetener Stevia

Though Stevia is 300 to 400 times sweeter than sugar, the Center of Science in the Public Interest, which is a food advocacy group, considers it safer than other substitutes and artificial sweeteners.

Many products club Stevia with other sugar alcohols like erythritol, which can cause digestive complications.

Long Term Usage of Nonnutritive Sweeteners

It can cause metabolic effects, and may not be helpful for weight loss.

Sweeteners are also associated with obesity, diabetes and heart disease, apart from affecting our gut microbes.

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While artificial sweeteners can help you reduce weight and even the risk of developing a heart disease, you should consider consuming only the ones officially approved, such as saccharin or stevia. Furthermore, it is not recommended to consume extra sweets just because you are reducing the intake of sugar by consuming artificial sweeteners. One next point to be taken into account refers to the danger to consume of these products while lying to yourself that they are not the real staff, therefore you cannot possible gain weight. Well, that is not so accurate and you risk ending up with many extra pounds. Finally, the biggest threaten posed by these products is the addiction: you might realize, a bit too late, that you are too much into artificial sweeteners

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The moderate consumption of artificial sweeteners can lead to weight loss as well as to less chances of getting a cancer. However, there are a few risks that one should take into account when consuming these products, such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. The safest option would be to consume foods that contain sugar in their natural form, as whole fruit and as few as possible artificial sweeteners and sugar itself.

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