stevia okay?

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    I’ve been looking at the Specific Carbohydrate Diet from Breaking the Vicious Cycle, and they are adamantly against Stevia. Are we absolutely sure it’s okay to use it?


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    vem;31421 wrote: I’ve been looking at the Specific Carbohydrate Diet from Breaking the Vicious Cycle, and they are adamantly against Stevia. Are we absolutely sure it’s okay to use it?

    I used it throughout my treatment without a problem, and in fact I’m still using it. I’ve also been 100% symptom free for over a year.

    Do they say why they’re against it?



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    From the Breaking the Vicious Cycle website:

    Stevia belongs to a family called Terpenoids. According to my book called The Organic Constitutents of Higher Plants by Trevor Robinson, 2nd edition, page 158, “This class of glycosides (terpenoids) often have physiological effects on mammals and microorganisms.” Perhaps the affect is good, perhaps it is bad; I don’t know, but its molecular structure resembles a steroid. It is not SCD legal.

    Seth writes:
    There are all kinds of steroids. The ones we take for IBD (ie prednisone which mimicks cortisol) reduce inflammation and scale down the immune system. But there are steroids that do the opposite. I think the point is that plant steroids could have any number of effect in humans and vice versa.

    Elaine writes 26/7/04
    My present opinion is that its similarity in molecular structure to a steroid and limited research (on my part into it) results in my not favoring it as a sweetener. However, if all else fails: people still afraid of saccharin in spite of my showing that taking it off the
    market was purely political so as to sell aspartame, or that people have a phobia about anything made synthetically as saccharin is, in spite of the fact that almost 100 years of its use by diabetic specialists proved its safety – if after all that, these folks still do not want to use it (and it can be obtained here in Canada under a name of Hermesitas – then
    I say, use stevia which has unknown physiological consequences if they are determined to do so. Obviously, they are still afraid of honey in spite of the fact that Dr. Haas recommended it and I know its chemical composition and used at the beginning of the diet in small amounts (and then can be used as desired in larger amounts).
    The very people who have scared them away from honey have approved of grains
    which shows that they know little or no biochemistry.

    Stevia may be used in minuscule amounts in supplements. – Elaine 10/11/04


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    I’d say the main thing to worry about with stevia is the bodies own immune response to it, which is similar to what the body does when consuming sugar. This immune response is the production of mucous which protects candida.

    Stevia is also a prebiotic that feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut.

    What kinds of things would we notice if consuming steroids? Shrinking brains and balls? I have not experienced either of these symptoms nor any related to steroid consumption.

    Stevia is a plant that grows naturally, you can grow it in your garden. If there were a lot of problems with it, we’d be hearing it by now. I have yet to see one drawback from its use other than people not liking it.



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    the only argument against it I have read is because of the sweet taste of it the body reacts with an insulin spike (as it would if it was sugar).

    Maybe there is stuff we don’t know, or maybe its the artificial sweets attack against it.


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    Stevia may cause low blood sugar for some:

    It might cause Cephalic phase insulin response or basically the sensation of sweet taste/ingestion causes the body to store glucose in anticipation of more glucose coming into the body. This reaction might cause lower blood sugar because stevia contains maybe trace amounts of glucose(stevia tricks the body into thinking that it is glucose because of its sweet sensation).

    Occasional use might not be an issue…Combine it with some carbs for more elevated blood sugar levels?

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