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Is Stevia Safe for Diabetes?


Stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Stevia also has shown promise in medical research for treating such conditions as obesity and high blood pressure. Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, even enhancing glucose tolerance; therefore, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets.


Studies showed no adverse effects of steviol glycosides when taken at doses of about 4 mg per day.  In December 2008, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) stated it had no objection to the conclusion of an expert panel that rebaudioside A is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use as a general purpose sweetener.  Prior to this, stevia-based ingredients were only permitted for use as a dietary supplement in the U.S.  Scientific data on steviol glycosides, including rebaudioside A (used in rebiana) and concluded that they are safe for their intended use - to sweeten foods and beverages and established a permanent Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level.  Click here For more details.


Diabetes is a medical condition which should be monitored and treated by a qualified physician or health care practitioner. However, Stevia can be a part of a healthy diet for anyone with blood sugar problems since it is not believed to raise blood sugar levels. If in doubt, ask your doctor. However, if they say no, ask them politely for current research to support their opinion.  For more information visit read the report below:


Canadian Diabetes Association National Nutrition Committee Technical Review: Non-nutritive Intense Sweeteners in Diabetes Management


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