STEVIA Side Effects
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Stevia as an herbal supplement..
PepsiCo and CocaCola have already announced their plans to use Stevia in some of their beverages once this approval process is complete.
Stevia Side Effects
The first study testing the toxicity and possible harmful Stevia side effects was conducted in 1931 and showed no toxic tendencies. The study also concluded the sweetening elements in Stevia remained unchanged in the digestive tract. This indicated that the metabolic processes in the human body were not producing harmful elements that could cause negative Stevia side effects.
During the 1960s Japan banned many sugar substitutes in an effort to reduce chemicals in food, feeling that many of them had negative side effects. The Japanese then rigorously tested the all-natural Stevia sweeteners for their use as replacements for chemical-laden sugar substitutes. They found that Stevia created no harmful side effects at all.
One study in 1985 allegedly found a byproduct of Stevia called steviol could have harmful mutational side effects. The Stevia side effect was found to affect only a single strain of bacteria. A follow up study performed the next year found the previous study was flawed and could not identify any harmful side effects from use of the Stevia herb.
Most recently, in 2006, the World Health Organization completed a study that again showed no harmful Stevia side effects and implied current regulation by the European Union and the United States is excessive.
The most powerful evidence of the lack of harmful Stevia side effects are the millions of Japanese who for over three decades have been regularly ingesting Stevia. Likewise, South American societies have used the Stevia leaf for at least hundreds of years without demonstrating any negative side effects.
Studies have found Stevia produces only beneficial side effects. Stevia has been used to treat diabetes and heartburn in South America for generations. Further, alleviation of hypertension is another beneficial Stevia side effect.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Stevia as an herbal supplement, and is expected to approve it for use in food and beverage products as well. PepsiCo and CocaCola have already announced their plans to use Stevia in some of their beverages once this approval process is complete.