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Are There Downsides to the Sweetener Stevia?

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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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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