Are There Any Side Effects From Using Stevia Powder As a Sweetener?


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Potential side effects from the use of stevia as a sweetener include issues relating to blood sugar control. Other possible issues include effects on the renal, cardiovascular and reproductive systems.

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Stevia is a broad term for sweeteners made from the leaf of the Stevia rebaudiana, a plant native to South America, where it has been used traditionally as a sweetener and a medicine for hundreds of years. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of the whole stevia leaf as a sweetener, it does allow the use of an extract of the plant, rebaudioside A, to be used in food.

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