The Hidden Dangers Of Stevia Leaf Sweetener Sugar Substitutes

by Andrew Schachter February 22, 2019 2 min read

The Hidden Dangers Of Stevia Leaf Sweetener Sugar Substitutes

Stevia is a very popular and generally safe sugar substitute.  Stevia is a 0 calorie sweetener, it's naturally plant based and as much as 200x sweeter than sugar. It's becoming very popular as a food additive and sugar substitute, for weight loss, low calorie cooking, health issues and low carb diets like the Ketogenic Diet.

Studies show there is an extensive list of potential nutritional benefits. There is a hidden danger though in many of the most popular stevia products though. The stevia you are buying in the store or using in restaurants and coffee shops (Especially when in packet form) is likely NOT stevia!

Check your packaging closely, you will likely see that the product you actually have is likely erythritol or dextrose as a base with some stevia extract, with the primary ingredient not being stevia. Even the "X-in-the-raw" brand is NOT raw stevia, it's dextrose with a shot of stevia.

This presents several issues and at the same time exposes a flaw with FDA regulations designed to protect consumers. Lets go over some of the more important ones that you likely may not be aware of.

  1. Hidden GMO's and contaminants. Erythritol and dextrose are both natural manufactured sweeteners. They are generally considered to be safe, but when you look at how they are made, concerns arise. Most erythritol and dextrose used in food manufacturing is made from GMO corn.  RoundUp ready, glyphosate contaminated, pesticide residue, not-fit-for-consumption corn.  More and more evidence is being uncovered about the documented dangers of glyphosateand GMO food.
  2. Keto Friendly & FDA Issues. Possibly today's most popular diet / lifestyle being practiced and investigated and/or considered for many of its reported health benefits. An essential and key practice on the Ketogenic diet is limiting carbohydrates to 30 net carbs a day.  This makes stevia a potential win for those who are Keto, here's the issue with that, according to federal regulations food only contain under 5 calories to be called 0 calories. Neither erythritol nor dextrose is truly 0 calorie, and 2 packets of "zero calorie" stevia 3 times a day = 24 calories of carbohydrates in a product the FDA calls 0 calorie.

TIP 1: With ALL foods it's recommended to check product labels and learn about what the information there means.  It's not always safe to buy based on packaging or even brand reputation anymore, you have to know how to read and understand product nutritional panels

TIP 2: Don't give up on Stevia, it's truly a great product with many benefits that we'll cover in another article.  Instead, check your product ingredients and stick with pure stevia with no additives and always look for Non-GMO labeling.

 

Have a health, lifestyle or fitness tip to share? Email it to social@bodyhealth.com for a feature and free gift if used.

Andrew Schachter
Andrew Schachter

Andrew Schachter is the Director of eCommerce, Affiliate manager, SEO manager & eBay Channel manager at BodyHealth. Andrew is an avid cyclist, 25 year veteran of eCommerce and is eager to share his knowledge and expertise in the areas of nutrition and biohacking. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) and has a degree in communication with concentrations in digital media and marketing. Also a certified Life Coach, he brings decades of experience in health, wellness and nutrition to BodyHealth.



Also in BodyHealth Pinterest Blog

Ascorbic Acid - What Marketers Don't Want You knowing (It's Not Vitamin C)
Ascorbic Acid - What Marketers Don't Want You knowing (It's Not Vitamin C)

by Andrew Schachter April 12, 2019 3 min read

They discovered that they could create ascorbic acid in a laboratory much more inexpensively, much more efficiently and — better yet — much more profitably.

This is the exact process that was discovered: Scientists found they could use GMO-derived corn syrup (now from Glyphosate-contaminated corn) mixed with hydrochloric acid, and poof — ascorbic acid.

Read More
Could You Be Dehydrated And Not Know It? Check This List Of Common Key Indicators
Could You Be Dehydrated And Not Know It? Check This List Of Common Key Indicators

by Andrew Schachter March 05, 2019 2 min read

The physical state of being dehydrated is so common for some people - generally as a result of poor lifestyle choices, they lack the ability to see that their normal state is in fact quite abnormal.

Read More
12 Popular Foods In Danger Of Extinction & Reasons Why
12 Popular Foods In Danger Of Extinction & Reasons Why

by Andrew Schachter February 27, 2019 2 min read

Impacting plants and animals means that there is a potential impact to our food supply.  Did you also know that food can be endangered too? It’s happened before.  As much as 93% of all food crop seeds were lost from 1903-1923 and dozens of animals have already been hunted by humans to extinction.

12 foods that might disappear from store shelves in the foreseeable future and a brief explanation why:

    Read More