Is Stevia Safe


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Stevia is often touted as a safe and healthy sugar substitute that can sweeten up foods without the negative health effects linked to refined sugar. It’s also associated with several impressive. The FDA approved only the purified form of stevia, called stevioside, as safe to use. Products considered safe contain words in their ingredient list such as stevia extract or stevia rebaudiana. If.

According to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) high-purity steviol glycosides, an extract of the stevia plant, is considered generally safe for use in food. Stevia as the green plant that you can grow in your backyard or find as dried leaf or tincture form is considered safe and has even been studied and found to have health benefits. Powdered and bleached stevia, though FDA approved, has not been studied and undergoes an extensive chemical process to reach its final white powdered form.

Using stevia as a sugar substitute in moderate amounts is most likely safe for you and can even have health benefits. Stevia can help you lose weight, improve insulin sensitivity, fight type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and even maybe fight cancer. Stevia is safe for diabetics and is widely used as a nonnutritive sweetener around the world.

Over the years, the FDA has turned down several requests to use stevia in foods. The agency cites a handful of studies suggesting that large amounts of stevia could be harmful. The good news is that things look pretty safe: Experts and regulatory agencies around the globe agree most low-cal natural sweeteners are perfectly fine in moderation (we say “in moderation”. With little long-term outcomes data available on the plant extract, it is possible that stevia in large quantities could have harmful effects. However, it seems safe to say that when consumed in reasonable amounts, stevia may be an exceptional natural plant-based sugar substitute.

Check the label next time you eat a favorite low-calorie sweet. Stevia made with Reb-A is safe to use in moderation during pregnancy. If you’re sensitive to sugar alcohols, choose a brand that doesn’t contain erythritol. Whole-leaf stevia and crude stevia.

The steviol glycosides in stevia meet purity criteria established by the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), indicating that stevia sweeteners are safe for.

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Since then, they have conducted more than 40,000 clinical studies on stevia and concluded that it is safe for human use.

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Stevia has been used as a natural sweetener in South America for over 1500 years; clinical studies indicate it is safe even in cases of severe sugar imbalance.

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Both stevia and stevioside are safe for use in cooking and baking.

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A little stevia is okay occasionally, but you need to be careful.

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The only sugar substitute that seems to be entirely safe is the South American herb stevia.

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So far, there have been no reports of adverse effects from the use of stevia products by humans.

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Their conclusion was that stevia leaf extract could potentially protect rats against streptozotocin-induced diabetes, reduce the risks of oxidative stress, and ameliorate liver and kidney damage.5 Stevia sweeteners do not contain polyphenols, so this study has no relevance to the stevia sweeteners sold in the store.

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Stevia is considered to be a safe natural food product and has been used for centuries by the natives of South America.

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Stevia comes in liquid and powder forms and is a safe sweetener but may have an aftertaste if too much is used.

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STEVIA, LIQUID: There are a lot of nasty-tasting stevia products out there, but I’ve found high-quality ones that make a great replacement for xylitol or erythritol in low-carb baking if you’re sensitive to FODMAPs.

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  • I had a horrible allergic reaction to Stevia. I’ve never eaten sweeteners besides sugar, honey, or molasses. I decided to try Stevia because they said it was so “natural.” I broke out in hives everywhere, it was terrible. I’ll stick to real sugar.

  • Loves how he quickly glosses over aspartame without any data to support the theory that it’s harmful.. it’s not. Aspartame is the MOST studied food additive of all time and not a single study has found any serious health concerns at regular levels. You’d have to drink 1600 cans a day to see anything like the kind of issues they charge it with. Since nobody seems willing to actually read a study and we get all our information from unsubstantiated bloggers and social media morons, this is as close to factual as I could find on these unregulated, limited platforms. Yikes.

  • Hi dr just wanted to people know that Zipfizz B12 energy drink loaded with sweetness are really bad for our health I was talking this all the time I was feeling low energy thanks

  • Hey doctor what do you think of the Keto diet? Have you ever heard of it?
    My friend reccomend I should try it. Please I need some guidance

  • Honestly, if you’re trying to eat healthy and you don’t know by now to read the ingredients on everything you buy, that’s on you. Sweetleaf does make an inulin free Stevia only product. You can buy in some stores and on their website. It’s called “Organic Stevia Extract.” Truvia is another one to watch out for that isn’t on Dr. Berg’s list. Who would believe a wholesome product called Truvia, that happens to be made by the Coca-cola company could be unhealthy?

  • I remember when I was pregnant with my first kiddo my OB told me not to consume stevia. By the time I was pregnant with my third all that talk was over.

  • Hey, let’s take ONE internet article and base all our opinions on something from that…ROFL. This is the same meat head that let Alex Jones say that Asian people were genetically predetermined to be robotic killers. Joe Rogan has no credibility.

  • Thomas, may I suggest this video by UCSF panel on stevia, which mentions that Stevia (rep a) causes insulin spikes, just as glucose does. ( 39:20): “increased blood sugar and increased insulin resistance and is dangerous to diabetics” Not suitable for keto!!!

  • Thank u i drank darn diet Pepsi from age 10 to 1982 then diet coke at the last couple of years drinking a case of that crap a day to stay awake from pain meds do to Pulmonary Hypertension they finally diagnosed after complaining of shortness of breath from jr high till final clot got me at age 42. I quit diet coke cold turkey and was in bed for 3 weeks from withdrawals. That aspartame was pushed off by one of President Regans advisor thru FDA despite all the warnings. Read the history. I felt much better off it. Lost a ton of weight to.
    Theres a product on internet that helped me thru withdrawals and cravings. Looking back it was crazy having godsons go get 30 cases of diet cook from Walmart a month. Had to have ice and cans of it if i left in car. Nasty stuff. FDA was powerless to big Diet Coke lobbies.

  • This is a problem about the crooked companies/food industry. Not about the stevia.
    Some of them blend their keto-friendly products with the harmful ingredients like maltodextrin. Wtf!!?

  • “…and aspartame is a chemical”
    I think you mean artificial sweetener. I’d be careful casually tossing around the word “chemical” to mean anything man-made since natural substances are also definitely chemical compounds

  • I’ve been using stevia in the raw for three months. Imagine my surprise when Dr. Berg tells me it has maltodextrin in it!
    There should be a class action suit against these a55holes.

  • I only use stevia to sweeten unsweetened almond milk. I usually drink regular milk but sometimes I go over my sugar intake so I go to almond milk when I’m craving milk. Haha

  • What a useless report. The guy starts to say “this causes kidney stones!” but then provides no evidence and just blows off his own statement. And FYI the consumer looking into healthy alternative sweeteners is probably not drinking soda.

  • Guarantee you the interplay between aspartame and stevia is real, and political. A LOT of strings were pulled to get aspartame on the market, and Donald Rumsfeld (he goes back to the Nixon administration) had a lot to do with it.

  • This hasn’t been shown with human studies (there haven’t been any) but stevia may cause lower testosterone.

  • The worst ingredient you mentioned is ‘natural flavors”. There are 6,000 of them and they are not made in the US they are sent here from Europe. Even the FDA has no idea what is in natural flavors, they are not governed by any U.S. agency. And many of them are terribly dangerous to your body, just because something kills you slowly doesn’t mean it’s not killing you. Benzine or benzoate is in every bread in any store in America. It is also a flame retardant. azodicarbonamide is in 500 foods, including healthy ‘natural’ is also used to make yoga mats..the FDA actually approves of this one in small doses..I know you mean well, but check your stuff. Truvia does not break down well and is dangerous. in And as it turns out even though proper form Stevia is way better, doesn’t make your insulin spike (truvia might), the chemical compounds used to get the stevia out of the plant may be be very toxic…I am putting up a huge site about natural flavors, it’s frightening..cheers

  • I used a packet of Stevia, about the size you’d expect to put in a cup of tea and within a half hour it made my heart “race”! I almost went to the hospital. I haven’t tried it since…

  • White stevia (with zero additives) still makes my body feel ‘off.’ I didn’t know why before. Thanks for mentioning the chemicals used to bleach it white. Also, I really react to ‘Maltodextrin.’ Again, now I know why. Thanks!

  • Hello Tom.

    Greetings from Brazil. I enjoy seeing you explaining so clearly about the subjects. You’ve done your job well.

    I plant stevia at my garden. I’m trying to make its syrup naturally. But, I haven’t succeeded yet. I can’t get ready of the bitter test that leaves afterwards. If you know a way please, let me know.

    Love your explanation. Keep on doing the great work.


  • FDA is the number one drug dealer in the world that has poisoned millions. Who cares about the FDA. I don’t trust them, I decided if it’s FDA approved, it’s probably bad for you.

  • I’m so frustrated……is there a “list out there of stuff that Dr Berg approves of? It seems as though everything out in the market he has a problem with but there isnt anything or any brand that he is ok with. If I’m wrong, please let me know.

  • Lost a lot of weight using stevia, but noticed I’m always bloated drinking it with my matcha tea. I’m going to try go without it for awhile and see if i notice any difference

  • I have found a pharmaceutical grade of Stevia on Amazon that is 98% pure and is extracted with only alcohol and water. It’s 300X sweeter than sugar! SUPER Sweet!

  • gi day i would like to know can i add stevia t my daily water intake as i don’t like plain water find it hard to drink 8 glasses a day but if i add stevia i can drink it no in other words will adding stevia to my water will i still receive the same benefits i get if i just drank water on its own

  • This info is incorrect.
    1. Those products marketed as ‘Stevia’ are actually mostly Erythritol just humour me and read the ingredients on Truvia, Stevia etc… it has very little Stevia extract the first ingredient is always Erythritol!!!
    2. Erythritol IS ACTUALLY BAD for you! Dr. Greger claims is better than Stevia after we clearly demonstrate that what he thinks is Stevia is actually Erythritol how do we know is bad for you? just go to PubMed and do some research: you will find things such as Erythritol is an insecticide, association between erythritol and weight gain,!!! I mean this is enough for me in terms of bad news! Then there’s a paper entitled ‘A case of allergic urticaria caused by erythritol’ now I know why I was so itchy all that time and I put on an extra 25 Lb! in spite of having a great lifestyle….from the so called Stevia (which was not real Stevia) was good for me!
    3. Stevia is actually good for you IF we are talking about real Stevia powdered leaf Stevia rebaudiana it improves cholesterol levels, lowers high blood pressure, supports weight loss.

  • There are other keto channels that say sweetleaf stevia is ok in very small amounts and other channels that say different. I’m so lost with all of this.

  • I grow it, its indigenous name is Kaheii, i geuss you guys call it stevia. I just add the leaves fresh to my tea, or chew em in my back teeth like candy. no issues.

  • Didnt you say in your sweetner keto videos that erythitol is the only good sugar alcohol? Cause the body cant digest it immediatley that it was a good thing. I was going to buy monk fruit sweetner from that company but now im thinking twice cause its mixed with erythitol.

  • I just threw 180 packs of Stevia In the Raw in the trash can. I stupidly assumed it was just Stevia. No wonder I was not losing weight.

  • “Splenda” makes it but it lists ERYTHRITOL as the number one ingredient so in the “Splenda” brand… you don’t even know how much real Stevia is in there!

  • I have noticed a lot of drinks will take Reb A and mix it with erythritol (sugar alcohol). Is this still a better option than flat out sugar? When I imagine sugar alcohol I imagine something that can burn off with your bodies energy but this idea might be an oversimplification idk.

  • Title is extremely misleading. You want Stevia just stevia nothing added to it. Title is only for if it has sugar and or other chemicals in it… that is Not stevia

  • Thom please start providing sources for your claims. You’re beginning to make more and more outlandish statements. Remember big claims require big proof.

  • I’m just wondering if stevia can have a cumulative effect inside the body, thus causing some of those problems over time? Also, how can we be certain that companies are using the REB A type of stevia and not some other type (possibly in the name of saving money) that could activate inflammation or some other immune response?

  • I’m not saying everything coming from the W.H.O. is just trash now after recent events, but I had a sort of surprising cringe in response to hearing, ”according to the World Health Organization.” How things change in a few months LOL Before, I would have come to my husband with this info from them as a trusted statement if fact. I don’t know. Random comment for a random thought I decided to search up on YouTube:)

  • I’ve found Trader Joe’s organic stevia extract powder is good. It’s just the stevia extract powder. I get stevia extract powder from BulkSupplements. You just need a wee tiny bit. I only use it in coffee and tea.
    I think the products he mentions add other stuff to the stevia extract powder to give it bulk.

    I’ve found that the products that add stuff to the actual stevia tend to taste worse, or have an aftertaste, or cause GI issues, whereas the plain stevia extract doesn’t.

    Of course, stevia extract powder is not a health food, it’s a highly processed additive, to be used sparingly.

  • Just go a few weeks without sugar or sweeteners in your drinks and you get used to it. A bit longer and then you’ll find sweetened drinks taste awful. I haven’t had sweetened tea/coffee since I was a teenager over 20 years ago. If someone gives me a sweetened drink by mistake I have to to throw it away because I now can’t stand the taste. It’s amazing how you adapt and then turn into not liking something. Only drinks for me now water, milk, unsweetened tea/coffee. A few times a year I will have beer when on a lads weekend but that’s no problem

  • I bought the matcha green tea in the packets that you recommended. It is sweetened with monkfruit. It says 20 crabs though so now I’m not sure if they are ok. Help please.

  • Putting a watermark over the video does not make what you are doing fair use. You also edited his own logo into the beginning of your video. Reported.

  • it is not safe……..It gave me savage muscle problems.
    Are you kidding me? Everyone was talking about stevia and saying how safe it was, so I decided to drop sugar and started taking stevia. Throughout the entire time I took stevia my muscles acted like rubber and were hurting. I was like what the F* is going on with me. When I stopped taking stevia I got better. Bye bye stevia…..besides it stinks. NO MORE!!!

  • just buy a stevia plant. it’s relatively easy to grow for a beginner, you can grow it indoors too, and there are countless instructions on how to harvest it, dry it and how to use it. it’s free of chemicals and additives, you can propagate it and make more plants so you can make more powder, and all you need to pay for is initial plant, and water. ways cheaper than store bought one

  • stevia may improve glucose tolerance. Another found that stevia may induce the pancreas to release insulin, thus potentially serving as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. (These studies are reviewed in Goyal, Samsher and Goyal, 2010.) After artificial sweeteners were banned in Japan more than 40 years ago, the Japanese began to sweeten their foods with stevia. And while they have conducted more than 40,000 clinical studies on stevia and concluded that it is safe for human use, there is a general lack of long-term studies on The Truth About Stevia—The So-called “Healthy” Alternative Sweetener

    Raised concerns that stevia could contribute to cancer. The authors noted that in some test tube and animal studies, stevioside (but not rebaudioside A) caused genetic mutations, chromosome damage and DNA breakage. These changes presumably could contribute to malignancy, though no one has actually studied if these compounds cause cancer in animal models. Notably, initial concerns that stevia may reduce fertility or worsen diabetes seem to have been put to rest after a few good studies showed no negative outcomes. In fact, one study of human subjects showed that treatment

    stevia’s use and effects.

    All in all, stevia’s sweet taste and all-natural origins make it a popular sugar substitute. With little long-term outcomes data available on the plant extract, it is possible that stevia in large quantities could have harmful effects. However, it seems safe to say that when consumed in reasonable amounts, stevia may be an exceptional natural plant-based sugar substitute. Check the label next time you eat a favorite low-calorie sweet. You’re likely to find stevia near the top of the ingredient list.

  • Hey Howcast, what about drinks that promote the fact that they don’t use sugar and there aren’t any sugar substitutes listed, meaning its sweetened by the fruits they put in it, would that cause the same effect as the sugar substitute and insulin? Just wondering because i’ve wanted to cut down on the amount of sugar i take in whenever i drink juice.

  • umm, if you have to say, “or at least none that we know of yet” thats a huge risk. i bet you only eat natural stuff, besides your protein probably. or however you got so big. don’t push this on people. i urge people to drink water. water water water water. ok. I’m done

  • If they make it illegal I will become a black market stevia dealer…………I don’t care if the FBI tap my phones, I will just flush my stash when break down my doors.

  • Aspartame triggers such horrible migraines for me and stevia messes with me as well. I use solely monk fruit now because it is the only sweetener I have found that doesn’t bother me.

  • I’m in Australia I get “organic” Stevia & put a small amount on my cereal & in my only one cup of coffee in the morning, I’ve read & been told it’s safe for diabetics & as it’s been used for 1,000s of years in South America, I tend to believe in it, but I think it upsets my stomach a bit & “yes” I’m not as sexually active as I usually am, but “normal” sugar really makes me feel sick, but not “honey” but I’m not supposed to have any at all with diabetes, but l love sweet things, Stevia is meant not to cause high blood sugar levels & tooth decay too, anyone got any other info? Cheers��

  • Stevia just tastes weird to me. Well not weird but when I add it to coffee all I can taste is the stevia though past the creamer. Still believe it has to be better than aspartame. If you really want to use Stevia purely just to save calories, you might want to just get yourself into the habit of eating/drinking things more plain. After a while you realize everything tastes better on it’s own. Coffee is better without sugar and cream just like how chicken nuggets are better without ketchup. Takes a while to get used to it but it’s cuz your taste buds have been overstimulated for so long. Once I started having everything plain I realized everything tasted so much better. Just my opinion

  • I am wondering if using stevia would result in an insulin spike. You are kind of tricking your body into thinking that you are eating something sweet. Also, Dr. Berg’s new energy drink has stevia in it and it does taste really sweet. I’m sure Dr. Berg put in the best stevia possible, but does it spike insulin? Anybody?

  • In Europe the natural stevia is still banned as food product because of novel food laws. The reason was a Belgium professor asked for new import permit and then it was seen as a new food.

  • Joe needs to stop rehashing the same guests over and over and over and over again. If I never see his pals Joey Diaz, Eddie Bravo, Brendan Shaub, or Brian Callen on his podcast again, it will still be too soon! it’s the same horseshit every time. Joey exagerates to make people laugh, Eddie takes us on a trip down a conspiracy rabbit hole, Joe laughs at Joey and tries to reel Eddie back in to reality, and Shaub and Joe agree about shit, and when Callen tries to interject, they make fun of him.

  • Finally, I found a Stevia that I actually LIKE the taste of, just as much as I like Sugar! And low and behold it has maltodextrin in it… making it less healthy?
    It took me like 10 years to find a brand that I really like as much as sugar..

    So, if I can’t use Stevia in the RAW because of the Maltodextrin
    Then, what do YOU Recommend?

    Which brand do YOU and YOUR FAMILY USE?

    Or, if you are NOT using Stevia –
    What Do YOU and YOUR FAMILY USE?

  • Stevia has caused hormonal imbalance in my body for as long as I used it; it made my periods irregular, made me phisically weak, I lost too much weight, looked pale, had no energy, I bled in between menstruations, I did not get pregnant even though I did not use contraception of any kind…for one year. My libido completely dissapeared and I was not like this before using stevia. I did not use huge amounts, just added one teaspoon to my coffee in the morning, another teaspoon in my tea and had a little bit of stevia sweetened chocolate sometimes…that is all. I understand some people want us to use it believing it’s just a safe sweetener and not have children. As soon as I stoped using stevia I have my normal body back, I look healthy and alive again. I advise women who want to eat healthier and avoid sugar, do just that, decrease the amount of refined sugars and sweets but don’t use stevia or other chemical sweeteners as a replacement. My experience and many other people’s experiences proove it is not safe. If you want to be healthy or have children, don’t use stevia.

  • All I gotta say is stevia sweetened soft drinks, even if they still have a good amount of sugar just doesn’t taste right. Its almost as if it takes the ‘fun’ out of soft drinks giving it like an odd/off or bland sort of sweetened taste, and it is certainly not a mental thing.

    I hadn’t had sprite in probably over a year and after drinking one the other week for the first time, I could immediately tell something wasn’t right and that something had definitely changed in the formula giving it a sort of flat, bland sweetened taste. I immediately turned the bottle around and read that it was now sweetened with sugar AND stevia. I was so dissapointed as it was probably going to be the last time I would be drinking sprite.

    I know I know, first world problems. But still.. people have always known and expected that when your drink soft drinks that they are obviously not healthy and not good for you. Why they purposely had to change the formula just to save on that little sugar is beyond me and such a terrible decision!

  • Junk food industry lobbyists, Big Pharma definitely want Stevia banned again!! It’s hurting their profits……..some the CEOs only have one vacation home now.

  • There actually are other studies that prove that stevia is an endocrine disruptor and indeed does cause infertility in both men and women. It was the way used by Indians for thousands of years. It’s been found to have contraceptive effect 4 months after a person stops using it, and by using is a very small use.

  • I can’t digest Stevia:( it causes me great digestive pain even the smallest amount will give me a horrible reaction. I use munkfruit

  • Tom is pretty reliable, but stevia can seriously damage testosteron. Just lose the artificial sweeteners. 1 Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Nov 1999, 67(2):157-161, Received 30 November 1998;revised 22 December 1998;accepted 24 December 1998.Available online 10 September 1999., “Effects of chronic administration of Stevia rebaudiana on fertility in rats”

  • You mentioned that Stevia could possibly feed candida. You should do a video on how to combat candida. I’ve had a looooong bout with candida over the past 15+ years because so called mainstream doctors and big pharma are more interested in your money than a cure. Ive been on some big gun antibiotics over the past decade until I was finally diagnosed correctly. While I saw an improvement in my condition while doing keto, I would hope that there has to be a long term cure available.
    Excellent content and videos. Thanks Thomas

  • fda is as trust worthy as the cdc, epa and fbi. i am type2 and i also had a severe case of candida (yeast infection) after i got rid of that yeast and my gut was healthy.i been on stevia for 10 yrs. no yeast issues or insulin issues at all for me. I LOVE ME SOME STEVIA

  • “Big Sugar” does NOT like competition.
    The dose makes the poison, folks. A 100 pound person must ingest 2400 cans of Diet Coke PER DAY to achieve a 50% chance of mutagenic effect from aspartame.
    They are all chemicals. You are chemicals, I am chemicals, water is a chemical, Air is a combination of chemicals.
    FYI folks…there is some strong evidence that Lyme Disease can be sexually transmitted.

  • * WHY is there any STEVIA at all in your ELECTROLYTE POWDER?? I like a tart flavor, not sweet…..and with the rasberry natural flavor, why do we need the stevia?? i don’t put sugar on just raspberries………….

  • I have an inkling that stevia affects blood pressure as in it lowers it and also affects the way your body metabolizes sugar. It could just be in my head but I might steer clear of drinking stevia products for awhile to see if I notice a difference.

  • “they use chemicals”… umm.. ALL PHYSICAL THINGS ARE CHEMICALS. If you meant refined with a solvent.. you’d have to make a case for the actual solvent in question…. And there’s noting scientifically unhealthy with “GMO” anything… we actively selectively cross-pollinate plants to select for desired traits.. changing its DNA… doing the same thing on a molecular level is the same exact thing… theres an argument to be made that GMO plants designed to be tolerant to certain insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides could potentially become contaminated with these products and as a result.. are unhealthy… but the fact that they were modified isn’t itself a problem. Also, dextrose is not the same sugar as maltodextrin and the amounts in the products are minuscule the FDA doesnt even count it as having calories (stevia in the raw for example has less than 2 calories per tablespoon) subsequently, NO IT DOESNT SPIKE YOUR INSULIN LEVELS.

    Go learn stuff…. your advice is stupid.

  • Stevia produces powerful Jarish-Herxheimer reactions if you eat it while infected with Lyme Disease or its co-infections. Works well as a “disinfectant”. Take care not to over dose.

  • Dont we need little bit of sugar in our system? Its had when you abuse on it but it’s not bad when you intake a little bit of it everyday

  • Stevia tastes awful.
    I interpret that as my body actively rejecting it as a potentially toxic substance. YMMV.

    Every “healthy” supplement I’ve tried w Stevia was excessively sweet & had awful aftertaste.
    Stick to real food, lose your sweets addiction.

  • You know the FDA is full of shit when they don’t release any warnings for aspartame but are so strict on stevia. drink one can of diet coke and get a headache, can drink a whole pack of stevia cola (zevia) and dont feel anything. aspartame is a neurotoxin

  • the jury isn’t out *.

    as a scientist I can tell you two things:
    1. stevia is complicated
    2. Monk fruit is a superior sweetener in 50 different ways

  • It was banned because there was money to be made on all the bad chemical alternatives for it. Food is big money. Rumsfelds aspartaam had to make its money first. The FDA is a corporate office.

  • I was consuming stevia regularly for at least a couple years. I’d have liquid stevia in my coffee and tea, Keto desserts, Zevia pop, etc. I was having problems getting pregnant for a whole year. I stumbled upon an article talking about stevia and infertility and decided to stop all stevia use. My husband and I quit stevia altogether for two months. Now I’m pregnant. I don’t know if stevia was keeping me from getting pregnant but I am going to be more careful about consuming it!

  • I just bought Walmart’s Great Value Stevia, only to see on the label it’s a version of Truvia; it has erythritol and dextrose in it. Does not taste sweeter than table sucrose to me.

  • I know that the stevia sweet drops have vegetable glycerin in it. Is that a problem that would break a fast or raise insulin levels?

  • I had a SEVERE reaction to Stevia. I started itching severely all over my body, felt like ripping my skin off. Then I had trouble breathing. The stuff is toxic.

    Mountain Rose Herbs | Stevie Leaf Powder

  • Natural Stevia straight from the plant is the best way to go. No processing and no bureaucratic bs. Japan has been using Stevia in their sodas for years. The US government banned stevia because of purely political reasons. So stupid.

  • Stevia was banned in Europe until a few years ago because experiments with lab rats had shown it to damage kidneys. When the ban was lifted I tried growing some myself but I found it to taste disgustingly sweet and I really didn’t want to consume it. I tend to use dates for sweetening things now. I never really understood how they could ban something for years on the grounds that it was extremely harmful to health then suddenly lift the ban and say it was safe when nothing has changed. I’m still a bit suspicious of stevia to be honest, but it tastes so vile I wouldn’t want to eat it anyway.

  • At present, with the current testing, the plant Stevia is healthy to consume in moderation. The way science works is through replication of many studies. Then a meta-study on many studies. At present, there has been only one study that I can find that shows bad gut bacteria reactions in rats. It seems that the rats were given a very high dose, more than what humans would use in a cup or two of tea. only one study!! if someone has a link to meta-studies that show stevia as being harmful please send the link. thank you

    otherwise, one study does not deserve the flashing danger sign, that is not how science works.

  • Government regulation makes us dependent on their oversight for quality. Remove the regulation, and the people will set the quality standard with their cash, that they chose how to spend.

  • I have a Stevia product, I think called “In The Raw” I bought from Walmart, it has pure sugar Cane and Stevia extract, it also says non GMO. Is pure sugar Cane okay? The nutrition list says carbs and sugar is less than 1 gram, everything else is 0. I also threw every sweetener product my mom bought in the trash. They all had some form of Dex in the ingredients.

  • The FDA is trying again to ban supplements:

  • Zzzz…Fuck it, I’ll just stop having coffee to make things simpler for myself. It’s the only thing I needed sugar/stevia for anyway.

  • Youtube doesn’t want us to have this discussion. I’ve noticed that most of the replies to intelligent comments have been blocked. I am unable to read them. Censorship at it’s finest ; )

  • I was exited when I finally had access to Stevia instea of other sweeteners. But after only a very short time of using it I began to get terrible, piercing headaches. I made a google search about side effects and it appears that many people experiense the same, and in a long-term use of Stevia it can become permanent. That is a clear sign that it is doing something to your brain. I think it is WAY too early to say this is a healthy sweetener. My headaches stopped when I stopped using Stevia.

  • Don’t use stevia or erythritol or any sweetener very frequently but when I do use stevia I go for organic better stevia in glycerite form.

  • Is stevia bad for kidneys? There are side effects and I read it harms the kidney. What’s in this thing? I know it’s leafs and they have it in my country too but does this really hurt kidneys? When you google it, it says it does.

  • keto lifestyle is a nightmare. so glad i ditched it. i eat like 500 calories worth of fruit every day now and i feel better than ever

  • The stevia i consume Organic India Stevia that has… Steviol Glycoside (Reb A), erythritol thats all. However, yes its not at all appetizing with coffee, great with Tea and i’m from India.

  • Erythritol is great: 1. tastes like sugar without residual bad taste; 2. consistency of sugar, being a perfect replacement for sugar in recipes; and 3. ignored by our metabolism, as far as I know. More info at However: Erythritol is expensive. Price is not a problem to me since I consume pretty small quantities of sugar (or Erythritol) but this may be very expensive for most Brits and Americans, who often eat sugar with something else, instead of something else with sugar.

  • I use this erythritol-Stevia liquid from Walmart:

    No dextrose with maltodextrin like the powder.

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  • Why did they destroy the electric car back in the 90’s?

    Every single question has the same answer:

    Follow the money and watch out for the devil workshippers.

  • Soooo the actual natural stevia dried leaves have those same effects too? or these are only for the commercial stevia that is sold in supermarkets?

  • Maltodextrin is the new corn syrup. Everybody is hip to what corn syrup does to us and we quit using it so the big food companies come up with a new poison corn product maltodextrin.

  • The same thing for aspartame! They gave rats an insanely amount, doesn’t mean a tiny bit will negatively affect humans
    Everything is a chemical! Dihydrogen monoxide��

  • Hi Thomas. I love your work! May I ask you a question, please? My brother and sister in law told me that stevia causes infertility in women. As a stevia lover, I’m hoping this isn’t true. I haven’t found much evidence to support their claim, however, i’m concerned that the liquid stevia i consume daily is going to do more harm than good. What do you know about this?

  • Hi, is there a brand of gum or mint that you would recommend? The stevia ones i see on the internet all have other ingredients other than stevia and would like something more natural.

  • Ummm am i thebonly one who heard him say that its NOT an artificial sweetener, then literally 5 seconds later referred to it as an “artificial sweetener” ugh another quack

  • Truvia contains “Natural Flavors”
    Pure Stevia is the clear choice here.

    Look for pure Stevia because nowadays everything with Stevia is combined with CRAP and tainted.
    Even the label will say Stevia when it is not pure.

  • For anyone wanting to know more about the history and politics of the sugar industry, An enlightening read is a book called The Case Against Sugar, by Gary Taubes.

  • All I gotta say is stevia sweetened soft drinks, even if they still have a good amount of sugar just doesn’t taste right. Its almost as if it takes the ‘fun’ out of soft drinks giving it like an odd/off or bland sort of sweetened taste, and it is certainly not a mental thing.

    I hadn’t had sprite in probably over a year and after drinking one the other week for the first time, I could immediately tell something wasn’t right and that something had definitely changed in the formula giving it a sort of flat, bland sweetened taste. I immediately turned the bottle around and read that it was now sweetened with sugar AND stevia. I was so dissapointed as it was probably going to be the last time I would be drinking sprite.

    I know I know, first world problems. But still.. people have always known and expected that when your drink soft drinks that they are obviously not healthy and not good for you. Why they purposely had to change the formula just to save on that little sugar is beyond me and such a terrible decision!

  • One packet won’t kill you..Truvia taste better..if you eat less calories can you still loose weight?
    1200 for me seems like a lot especially with fat and Im sick of cheese and meat..but I end up loosing more if I stick with my macros and eat close to 1200 calories.
    If I eat 300 calories or less than that I end up gaining weight.. all of it is a very delicate balance.

  • This information is outdated 6+ years, yes sugar substitutes aren’t safe but some does not raise BGL like erythritol, xylitol, and stevia. Do them in moderation like min 4G to max 8G per day, you will be fine.

  • As a diabetic I’ve tried all the sweeteners, stevia is more bitter aftertaste so I prefer Truvia, as to me it’s the closest taste to sugar.

  • One could eat cake and candy all day and not come within 1/10 of this “Allowed amount”.
    When Stevia is sold in powder form, It’s 99% inert filler.

  • I can’t believe how stupid humans are.

    Everything in moderation.
    Stevia is still a million times better than any faux sugar, true sugar or sugar alcohol.

    The level of straight up willful ignorance in these comments is abhorrent.
    None of you should have bred.
    The end.

    #idiocracy is now a documentary.
    Thanks to you.

  • I remember drinking Pepsi Max when it came out, the aspartame gave me heart palpitations waking me up at night, chemically induced depression, it’s like a poison to me, put me off anything with sweeteners. Stevia doesn’t seem to do anything. Thats my anecdote.


  • But what about thier impact long term? How would stevia or eritheatol impact kidneya or liver in the long run, especially for a diebetic?

  • commercial honey is not very good because they feed bees sugary syrup but real honey is very very healthy i recommend​ manoca honey certified

  • So basically, anything you can grow in your backyard is harmful as per Mr Greger. Any alternatives that a company or big pharma can sell you is a slightly better alternative. And what’s that again Black Syrup Molasses, Date sugar. Really? Not the leaves of a plant that are loaded with vitamins and minerals and other phytonutrients along with a sweet punch. Sometimes I doubt the best of the best in the medical industry.

  • This still surprise me, how many people don’t know about Proladox Diet Plan (just google it), although lots of people get great result because of it. Thanks to my work buddy who told me about Proladox Diet Plan, I have lost tons of weight by using it without starving myself.

  • I can vouch for the allergic response! I used to use stevia in its pure form as well as in a lot of products I consumed. I always had itchy red rashes around my mouth. Cut out stevia and they vanished! Now I use monkfruit with no adverse effects.

  • Does Stevia spike insulin? Does the body respond differently to sugar substitutes vs. sugar / cane sugar / HFCS? If the body responds similarly, what would be the point in consuming even a sugar substitute? Can you explain?

  • Solution: Eat calories along with your sweetener!! Or get off the sugar substitute ‘roller-coaster’ and use organic cane sugar, honey, palm sugar, or pure maple syrup, all in “moderation”, 6 teaspoons or less per day. Let’s STOP the madness!!

  • Which is the best keto sweetner that one can get their hands on? I request Brand names available in the Gulf countries pleasethanks:)

  • Very disappointed in you TD I just watched something form a couple that I would say you can trust as the share open knowledge you might want to look at this on youtube the title: Stevia Hailed by Overpopulation Propagandists as an Anti-Fertility Agent?

  • O ok so you selling a book. A litlle film but and ad.
    People seed it grow it and use the leafs for anything including powder mash n do it yr self. Sweet yr yerba mate. like in south america for thousands of years. Don’t trust the the products cos in them there is only artificial syntetic form and the rest is maltodekstroze or any other ” gastro causing problems” filler. On top of this there are artificial sweeteners in use. Grow it yr self and use it. Stop buing everything. Adapt to the new healthier wolrd after the pamdemic will be gone. Be more self suficient. Stop buing from huge super fucking discount markets. Support small shops and if u can’t grow then use real honey. The honey it is not a process food and it is not sugar process even its caloric our body absorbs it difrently. Human body loves honey and don’t buy cheap chinesse honey mixed with sugar pure glucoze syrup no ones know about imported to the world. Buy real honey from small certyfied manufacturers. Browse about them.
    Read about them and get it if you like.

  • Because they only wanted us to ingest their Franken “sugar”…(High Fructose GMO Corn Syrup filled with mercury). Stevia didn’t provide them wih all the “cash cows” for Big Pharma and their drug peddling medical industry.

  • You can easily get a stevia plant and boil the leaves in water, let it cool and use it as sweetner, can’t be any more natural than that!!

  • Stevia if your allergic to ragweed is not good and I only used it for two days it was the only thing I changed. It caused itching.

  • Thanks for the video. I was using stevia and just watched this video. I don’t know which sweetener is better for my health:( I’m really confused now

  • Wtf so ive been using the wrong sweetener for 2 mos and just now seeing this���� I thought stevia was an option all this time. This just pissed my invisible cheerios. I’ll just stick to my monk sweetner

  • I remember hearing/reading somewhere that a particular study that classified Stevia as a potential mutagen was done in such a way that even water could have been classified as a mutagen

  • 0:34 “what happens when your tongue tastes sweet, it instantly sends a message to your brain and to your body to start producing insulin”

    What happens when my nose smells BS from a youtube video is a message is sent to my brain to instantly doubt anything that follows.

    Seriously! People without a modicum of clinical education should not be speaking on how the body functions.

  • They have to mix it with some kind of a sweet powder because it’s far too sweet on its own. It is a concentrated extract that can only be extracted with poisons such as methanol. So in other words just don’t eat it. Just eat raw foods like nature intends and encourages us to do. Or keep playing games and losing with food ‘products’.

  • I drink Zevia…it is a very safe soda to drink….I have been drinking it for years and it has no effect on weight gain, or blood sugar.
    I don’t know where these docs get there info…

  • I bought a protein powder that has Stevia in it, the after taste is bitter. Is this a sign of intolerance of my body? today I tried placing a tiny bit of the power on my tongue and again, the bitter taste was there after a few seconds.

  • I was about to thank you for getting straight to the point and for once not trying to sell me something, and then there it was at the end.

  • So what about those of us that are allergic to most/all artificial sweeteners? I have tried so called healthy foods that contain Stevia and other “sugar alternatives” and have had negative reactions. Most of my biological family is in the same boat. Any suggestions?

  • Stevia has no effect in your insulin and it is not closely comparable with artificial sweeteners! Jesus, read two seconds before doing a video or at least spend the same time doing you spend on your make up doing some research.

  • Thomas, please stop using rat studies as evidence.
    rat studies are weak and don’t always transfer to humans. Look up “randomized controlled trials” in tandem with whatever dietary substance you wanna talk about, that’ll give the most reliable info regarding the effects of that substance

  • There is holistic and unprocessed ‘raw’ honey. It doesn’t look anything like the liquid honey you buy in most grocery stores. It’s not as sweet nor has most of the nutrients been extracted during the refining process.

  • Stevia is Great! If you want to compare Stevia with Synthetic Sweeters (aspartame, sucrose, equal, NutraSweet, dextrose etc) It’s like comparing pepper to MSG (mono-sodium glutamate) The first one is Good!!! The 2nd one is Bad. Clear cut case!

  • I don’t know why anybody uses stevia, it’s so nasty. Not sure about the actual plant, but those white powders taste worse than sweet-n-low and that’s saying something.

  • I heard that insulin production can also be triggered by the glycemic index. So splenda, though sugar free, has a high glycemic index and still triggers insulin, so yes you can still get diabetes if you overdo it. On the other hand, Stevia has a “0” glycemic index and is thus far safer, that’s why my parents buy it.

  • Actualy insulin production increases as a response to sugar levels in the blood. Not as a response to sensation of sweetness. If what she is saying was true, then we all would pass out or eaven die after drinking a liter or so of diet coke because of extremely low sugar levels in the blood.