Are Sugar Substitutes like Stevia Safe? | Healthy Food

Are Sugar Substitutes like Stevia Safe? | Healthy Food


You might have been hearing about sugar substitutes
like Stevia and wondering if they are safe. Well, there are lot of non-nutritive or calorie-
free sugar substitutes like NutriSweet or Equal or Splenda and then there is Stevia. They all have a similar effect on the body
that you need to be aware of and that is they taste sweet even though they don’t have any
added calories to them. Now what happens when your tongue tastes sweet,
it instantly sends a message to your brain, to your body to start producing insulin because
your body is expecting carbohydrates to follow that sweet flavor so when your body starts
producing more insulin and there is no sugar for it to shuttle around and get rid of from
the blood system that can lead to insulin resistance over time and people who are using
sugar substitutes to lose weight actually find they are having hard time with it or
even gaining weight over time so all of those sugar substitutes can have the opposite effects
of what we use them for, which is to try to lose weight. Now Stevia may be safer to use than all of
the other man-made processed non-nutritive sweeteners. Why is that? You can actually get Stevia in its most natural
form which is a leaf. You can grow Stevia very easily as a plant,
in your house, in your backyard. You can use those leaves to add them to tea,
add them to your beverages, to naturally sweeten your beverages. That is not gonna cause any health problems
that have been related to things like, NutriSweet, like saccharine. There aren’t studies showing that it’s associated
with cancers, anxiety and headaches like those non-nutritive sweeteners. So using Stevia in its natural state might
be the best option for you.

29 thoughts on “Are Sugar Substitutes like Stevia Safe? | Healthy Food

  1. Actualy insulin production increases as a response to sugar levels in the blood. Not as a response to sensation of sweetness. If what she is saying was true, then we all would pass out or eaven die after drinking a liter or so of diet coke because of extremely low sugar levels in the blood.

  2. I heard that insulin production can also be triggered by the glycemic index. So splenda, though sugar free, has a high glycemic index and still triggers insulin, so yes you can still get diabetes if you overdo it. On the other hand, Stevia has a "0" glycemic index and is thus far safer, that's why my parents buy it.

  3. Hey Howcast, what about drinks that promote the fact that they don't use sugar and there aren't any sugar substitutes listed, meaning its sweetened by the fruits they put in it, would that cause the same effect as the sugar substitute and insulin ? Just wondering because i've wanted to cut down on the amount of sugar i take in whenever i drink juice.

  4. Stevia is Great! If you want to compare Stevia with Synthetic Sweeters (aspartame, sucrose, equal, NutraSweet, dextrose etc) It's like comparing pepper to MSG (mono-sodium glutamate) The first one is Good!!! The 2nd one is Bad. Clear cut case!

  5. I was exited when I finally had access to Stevia instea of other sweeteners. But after only a very short time of using it I began to get terrible, piercing headaches. I made a google search about side effects and it appears that many people experiense the same, and in a long-term use of Stevia it can become permanent. That is a clear sign that it is doing something to your brain. I think it is WAY too early to say this is a healthy sweetener. My headaches stopped when I stopped using Stevia.

  6. This still surprise me, how many people don't know about Proladox Diet Plan (just google it), although lots of people get great result because of it. Thanks to my work buddy who told me about Proladox Diet Plan, I have lost tons of weight by using it without starving myself.

  7. Stevia has no effect in your insulin and it is not closely comparable with artificial sweeteners! Jesus, read two seconds before doing a video or at least spend the same time doing you spend on your make up doing some research.

  8. 0:34 "what happens when your tongue tastes sweet, it instantly sends a message to your brain and to your body to start producing insulin"

    What happens when my nose smells BS from a youtube video is a message is sent to my brain to instantly doubt anything that follows.

    Seriously! People without a modicum of clinical education should not be speaking on how the body functions.

  9. Solution: Eat calories along with your sweetener!! Or get off the sugar substitute 'roller-coaster' and use organic cane sugar, honey, palm sugar, or pure maple syrup, all in "moderation", 6 teaspoons or less per day. Let's STOP the madness!!

  10. This information is outdated 6+ years, yes sugar substitutes aren't safe but some does not raise BGL like erythritol, xylitol, and stevia. Do them in moderation like min 4G to max 8G per day, you will be fine.

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