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  1. Very interesting, but I can’t say that that addiction is true in my life. I am on full gaps diet. I use stevia in little amounts and not daily. No being more hungry afterwards. I don’t have sugar cravings and my weight is stabil.

    • Hello Rita!
      I am the same way. I don’t eat a lot of sweets and was using raw honey and wanting more and more, then I decided to go with stevia as a sweetner for my tea and honestly I’ll go days without it and not even want it. I only use it with certain teas, but most teas I can now drink without anything due to Stevia being my transition from raw honey. It’s helped me immensely, too!

  2. I was a total stevia addict! I would go through 180 serving bottle once or twice a week. My hormones were crazy, estrogen dominance. Even with taking large quantities of I3C and natural progesterone – I was still a mess. I recently started transitioning to the AIP diet. The first thing I stopped consuming was stevia. Within a few weeks my hormones were so much better. The horrible breast pain I suffered was gone. I continue to feel better everyday without it in my system. I find it so frustrating that it is considered a “healthful product”.

  3. It sounds like you had an addiction to sugary foods. We use Stevia in our home and will continue to do so. I have the fructose intolerance gene — and for me, even eating processed sugar is healthier than eating honey or fruit!! So every individual is different.

    There is something in Stevia (phytic acid or something, I know that is not it, but Sterling Hill wrote about it at MTHFRSupport) where if you have a certain genetic makeup, this will harm you. Thankfully that doesn’t affect me like fructose does. But I also don’t eat sweets and maybe drink one Zevia soda per week (if that) and use Stevia to sweeten my oatmeal (I only eat oatmeal about once a week, maybe twice if I am feeling extra healthy, hah).

    I still say that Stevia is a good alternative in moderation. Since I stopped eating raw honey and maple syrup and other high fructose sweeteners (including fruit!) and have been detoxing my liver, I am healthier than I have been in YEARS. And I still eat Stevia. And I will continue to eat it in moderation.

  4. I can’t say that I have read the book you mentioned so I can’t comment on the studies cited but a quick look at pubmed shows different results. I am not saying that the info is inaccurate since I haven’t read the book just that if they are legitimate sources then there is conflicting evidence. For example, “Effect of stevia sweetener consumption as non-caloric sweetening on body weight gain and biochemical’s parameters in overweight female rats.” Annals of Agricultural Sciences Volume 61, Issue 1, June 2016, Pages 155–163 & a couple others which I won’t take up space on. I enjoy reading your blog but as a scientist and an informed consumer I always like to check things out for myself.

  5. This is really something to ponder. I definitely use stevia for my sweet fix in my coffee. I’m going to try cutting it out for a week and using the buttermints instead. I know I’ve seen this problem with some relatives who eats sweets all week with stevia so they can “cheat” on the weekends. They have fungal issues even still. I think I could easily do this with stevia! Thank you!

  6. If I eat carbs at all I tend to gain about 2 lbs/month. I try to eat hardly any carbs but have no energy and weight loss is still not happening. Ive been stuck for 4 months and at least Im not gaining weight. Im going to a weight loss doctor and she thinks i need Phentramine. So stevia doesn’t seem to have any affect but i can try eliminating it in case its stopping fatburning by causing insulin release.

    • You may have hormonal problems. Carbs are very important to have. You may find it interesting to check out the Trim Healthy Mamma way of eating. Basically, in a meal where there is lots of fat, you keep the carbs (complex of course) low (about 10 net carbs), and when you eat carbs, (about 45 net carbs) keep the fat low (about 5-10 grams), and always have a good protein source in every meal to balance your blood sugar and keep your insulin from spiking. This should help with weight loss/maintenance.
      All the best!

  7. It took me a month to figure out Stevia was bad news. By that time my usually fast metabolism had come to a screeching halt, I had terrible fatigue and gained several pounds–from a tiny supplement. Any time I accidentally consume it (since it’s put in so many products now) I feel the aftermath of low blood sugar. Stevia was native to Paraguay and originally used by the Guarani Indians before spreading to other tribes. I’m sure their systems could handle it but for the average glandularly challenged Westerner it probably isn’t a wise choice. It’s also a huge moneymaker in the alt sweetener category.

    • This is so true, what MOST Stevia product buyers do not realize is it is so strong when processed it is only 5% of a Trivia or other Stevia in the Raw type products bag, most of it is GMO corn sugar based “maltodextrose”…the plain leaves, ground are the least processed. But there are many parts used for sweetness to the Stevia plant, and no one seems to know the native peoples used it for the MEN to take as a sperm inhibitor–ie birth control..i saw this in a valid study, can track it down if needed. That said I do use Stevia in my coffee. My blood sugars improved greatly on a LCHF diet, so it works for me better than any higher carb diet.

  8. I found I could not take the processed Stevia tinctures or white powder, nor anything else processed. I could only tolerate the natural ground whole leaf Stevia which I can buy in bulk (in small amounts) at my natural health food store. My journey has also left me not craving sweets like I used to. It now takes so very little sweet to satisfy my tongue, and I can go ages without any. I much prefer salty now!

  9. I don’t find any of these issues to be true for me and I use Stevia most days in my coffee. I am a diabetic, so no other options are really good for me. I don’t have cravings, my blood sugar’s don’t spike, and not only have I not gained weight, but lost it eating protein, vegetables, and healthy fats only and in general the stevia doesn’t bother me. I can go without it and not crave it. I cheat with some Skinny Pop occasionally only–thats my treat. Don’t even do gluten-free desserts.

  10. I like using Ste-via rather than sugar in my coffee or morning cereals. It has helped in my blood sugar levels that I check every morning due to diabetes. I have had no side effects ? I only use it occasionally with my tea or coffee and I don’t eat cereals everyday either. I do try not to use High fructose corn syrup that are in a lot of products. Eat in moderation if possible and if suddenly hungry? watch what you eat!

  11. I eat a high fat, moderate protein mostly paleo diet and feel amazing. I have been living this way for years now, after being a vegetarian and sometimes vegan for over 30 years. I use stevia in my am coffee, which I blend with coconut oil, collagen peptides and sometimes some extras like turmeric or raw cacao. I use stevia in it to help deal with the bitter flavor of the stuff I’m mixing in. It is rare for me to have sweets cravings…when I do they are usually more for chocolate than sweets. I am a 50 year old woman (although I pass for much younger) who is very fit and has never had a weight problem. At this point in my life I think I’m ok with stevia in the amount I’m consuming it. I still appreciate this info as clearly it can be a problem for some. I also think the fat I am consuming along with it is probably a help.

  12. Oh, and also should mention I suggest stevia as a sweetener in many of the coffee and tea drinks that I post on my happy, healthy and hot website, but sometimes suggest using alternatives. Definitely agree for some people a little maple syrup or raw honey might be a better choice.

  13. Great information Lauren. I am brand new to your website and page. I really was thinking that I must have a stevia problem that I substituted for sugar. Could this be why I still get bloated and have a water weight problem? I know that it is not due to sugar. Thank you. I will add your article/research to my Wellness page. 🙂

  14. I started noticing a problem with stevia when I (gasp) ran out and used equal again for a few days. I lost my lethargy and started researching stevia. I think erythritol In most stevia products was the culprit because I started using sweet leaf or zing (both erythritol free) and lethargy didn’t return. Erythritol is made from fermented alcohols. I tend to have candida if not very careful to avoid sugar. I appreciate your theories on stevia and will watch myself. I can also use sweet n low with no reactions. I am 61, normal weight and on bio identical hormones. I’ve never read any warnings online about erythritol but it sure helps me to avoid it. Thanks for your article.

  15. After reading these comments, the problem is not “overuse” of stevia-the problem is many of the commenters seem to consume way too many “sugary” foods. Switching to stevia in baked goods, all of your drinks, etc. is a bad idea because you should not be eating that much of those things in the first place. Using stevia for your daily coffee is not going to harm you. But the sweet beverages you drink during the day (iced teas, fruity drinks, flavored sweetened waters) need to get 86ed. Have your coffee, OJ, maybe a glass of milk with dinner, and WATER DURING THE REST OF THE DAY. Flavored water is fine as long as there are NO SWEETENERS (ingredients should say: water, natural flavors). Period. If you are eating products that contain stevia (packaged snacks, etc.), you should stop eating those things in general. Eat foods straight from the ground with very little processing. There is no need to eat something that has added sugar or added sweetener. Women should not eat more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar, which is 24 grams (men-9 teaspoons, 36 grams). Check your cereals/oatmeals-I guarantee you already hit your daily limit (even the healthy, organic ones like Kashi and Cascadian Farms). Get the sugar that your body needs to function properly from fruits, vegetables, and some dairy.
    If you are experiencing side effects from stevia, you don’t have a stevia problem-you have a sweets problem.

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