empoweredsustenanceWHY I QUIT STEVIA
The human body evolved for millennia to have a specific biological response when our tongue detects sweetness. Until 60 years ago – a blink of an eye in human evolution – a sweet taste always meant incoming sugar.
When we taste sweetness, the pancreas release insulin to prepare for the glucose (blood sugar) that will soon be absorbed from the food and released into the bloodstream. The insulin shuttles glucose into cells, allowing our cells to use the glucose for energy.
It doesn’t matter how “natural” a sugar free sweetener is. Erythritol, xylitol and stevia all trigger that evolutionary response to release insulin.
Dr. Bruce Fife, the author of the book The Stevia Deception, explains that overeating, sugar cravings and “sweetness addiction” are results of consuming sugar free sweeteners. “When expected calories do not come from the artificially-sweetened foods,” he says, “feelings of hunger intensify, which promotes overeating to compensate for the missing calories.”
Dr. Fife sees it over and over again: those who eat stevia instead of sugar are hungrier after meals, and experience severe cravings. The cells in their bodies are instinctively trying to get the sugar they expected.
For more research on the effects of stevia, and my own stevia story, see this post: #linkinprofile http://empoweredsustenance.com/is-stevia-safe/
Have you quit stevia? Do you notice symptoms when eating it?
- kara_boutitThank you for this post. I quit stevia for good a week ago and have seriously never felt better. I don't crave that intense sweetness anymore. My energy is up. People needed to hear this for sure 🙌🏼
- roguepharmacistYes. I've been telling my diabetes patients this for years, and those who actually believed me found it to be so true! One was basically addicted to Diet Coke, but once she quit, her blood glucose numbers improved dramatically! A "calorie free" beverage shouldn't have that much effect on blood sugar, right? Wrong. Thanks for putting this info out there.
- loeloe_beeI use three drops in my tea and tolerate it fine. I don't think I've noticed any sugar cravings
- older.and.bolderI've been using it consistently for the past couple years, pretty much every morning in my cacao/dandelion/chicory/chaga brew. I use a small amount of maple syrup 1/2-1 t + vanilla stevia drops. I also add coconut oil and/or grassfed butter, maca, turmeric, salt and, as of December, pine pollen and colostrum. It is essentially the first meal of my day, barely sweet and never leaves me hungry or wanting more. Sometimes I'll even realize at 2-3 o'clock that it's all I've had all day. No sugar cravings.
- melanieupdegraffAbsolutely agree with this post; the only difference is that I take the perspective that I fired sugar and other sweeteners! Helps me feel like it is more a matter of empowering choice than sacrifice. My only wish is that I had done it years ago. Still healing from a multitude of issues, but I persevere. 😊
- haley_kunzI wish natural calm didnt have stevia
- burlybestVery good read....
- poppyboodesignI could never get past the taste. Dislike all sugar substitutes including "natural". Thanks for the post ☺️
- annamcconnell26This is my view on sugar @pheeflay
- elizabethwenzlerI don't use stevia much, and I completely agree with you. I find it interesting though that if I have sugar it immediately triggers cravings that are extremely intense, I won't stop eating it if it's around. I don't experience this with stevia. I can stop at a little bit. Having said this I hardly use it because I have my reservations about it.
- cottagejournalI had tried it a few times in the past and didn't like the flavor & remember getting a headache afterward. I then stuck to natural sweeteners after that. What Dr. Fife is saying makes a lot of sense, very interesting
- pheeflay@annamcconnell26 interesting read 👍🏽 Stevia is sugar
- suzanneb6055Is there anything safe for a Diabetic to consume that taste sweet? It sounds like that what is being said here is that (stevia, monk fruit, honey, agave, actual fruit, sugar and all substitutes) are not going to work for a Diabetic.
- _jentonicYes, so much this! I've been ranting for years. I was never a stevia person although I do drink herbal tea from time to time with licorice root. My cane/beet sugar alternatives are to go without or use honey, maple syrup and good old fashioned fruits and vegetables. Why are we always seeking to replace when we should be cutting down or going without? I noticed this when I cut wheatt out of my diet. It was in everything! Instead of finding wheat free replacements for everything I had been eating, I changed my diet. I stopped eating bagle and cream cheese for breakfast, I stopped having a standwhich or pizza for lunch and pasta for dinner. Now I have a muffin, pasta etc occasionally. So much better for my body! Our bodies don't need sugar from several ingredients in everything we eat, likewise, they don't need wheat 40x a day either. Step outside the box, there is an exciting viberant world out there waiting to be explored!
- emeliekampDiet coke doesn't contain stevia and there's a very big difference between stevia and aspartame. Aspartame increases sugar cravings on most people and is very addictive. Stevia only affects some people negatively, and then mainly if eaten on an empty stomach without other calories from protein/fat/carbohydrates. @roguepharmacist
- roguepharmacist@emeliekamp I'm well aware of the differences, thanks. The main point, however, remains the same- tasting sweetness and the body expecting calories. Sure, stevia is (on the surface) a way better choice in terms of other factors, but it still causes the body to expect sugars. I've seen stevia affect blood glucose control, though the most profound case with an artificial sweetener was, as I mentioned, with aspartame.
- niki_llhIve never had an issue, I find it satisfying! But it is highly processed with residual chemicals so unless you consume the real leaf which when bought off the shelf can taste like a barn... your likely best off without it! Since it is suggested to be helpful for Lymes disease, I'm looking into growing my own leaf as I heard that tastes better than the dried powdered green leaf :)
- dara.merinI know several biohackers who have conducted detailed experiments on themselves using blood glucometers and several variables to control for accurate results. Their results were all the same: the stevia actually had no effects on raising blood sugar and sometimes even lowered it!
- dara.merinPersonally, I have used stevia regularly for years and don't crave it but also enjoy it. I mostly use it to make bitter things more palatable and usually my creations don't actually taste very sweet, so perhaps that's why. Lately I have been using tiny amount of powdered monkfruit extract similarly, to counterbalance bitter flavors. In Chinese medicine, monkfruit is considered highly medicinal.
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