Are you asking about actual stevia, or are you talking about TruVia, PureVia, or the other commercial products made from it?
It's definitely not "good for you." There's no benefit from it. And the commercial sweeteners made out of stevia are really no less artificial than sucralose (Splenda.) Splenda starts with a plant, too, but Splenda and reb A, the stuff they put in TruVia/PureVia, all go through just about the same amount of weird chemical processing. (Truvia is made by Cargill and PureVia is made by Merisant/Monsanto.) The difference is that Splenda (and aspartame for that matter) passed all the safety testing that the FDA and the European food safety agencies require many times over, plus some extra, and reb A sweeteners didn't.
So is it bad for you? Nobody really knows. Probably not, but there's no way to know for sure. The Mayo Clinic recommends that it not be used by pregnant women and small children, and other sources recommend that men not use it. It's probably not dangerous, but other artificial sweeteners have much stronger proof that they're safe.
2/3/12 1:00 P
I try to stay away from all added sweeteners. Any artificial sweeteners are bad, I don't care what people say. I went off of them and my chronic nose swelling & sinus infections went away.
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3 2/3/12 12:59 P
Stevia is not bad for you in moderation like anything but I do agree with just using real sugar less. I sweeten with things like honey and maple syrup, if you do not want the maple taste buy a light in color syrup. Honey usually after baked is very slight in taste.
Seems like it would b good for u. Just cking what others thought because I really want to start using it especially for baking. I have been using sugar because I feel that artificial sweeteners are dangerous so I was hoping that stevia would b a great alternative. Thank u!
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