Dr. Bruce Fife is a nutritionist, physician, and author of the book, The Stevia Deception. The aim of this book is to give people facts from both sides of the story regarding stevia.
Though stevia is a natural herb, has some safety concerns. First, it may impact reproductive health for both males and females. In fact, it has been used as a contraceptive or to cause an abortion. When eating stevia, insulin is released into the digestive tract. As a result, a Type 2 diabetic may experience issues with the pancreas, as it may become overworked. Stevia also seems to put stress on the liver and kidneys. Some studies have also shown that stevia may cause mutations to the DNA.
When people think of stevia, they think of a healthy plant or herb. However, it’s actually a highly refined, powdered chemical. Anything sold in stores is not pure stevia, but mixed in with other items such as sugars or other chemicals.
Stevia also has the ability to prevent people from getting into ketosis or may kick them out of ketosis when they are currently in it. When stevia is consumed, it triggers the body to take muscle tissue and break it down to produce glucose to store. When this occurs, the liver cannot produce ketones at the same time.
Because all sweeteners share many of the same adverse consequences, including the ability to kick you out of ketosis or lower your ability to get into ketosis, they should be avoided. The best sweetener you can eat is sugar, as each cell in your body knows how to handle sugar. Limiting your added sugar intake to eight teaspoons per day is a good guideline to follow.
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