Stevia

Artificial Sweeteners

Questionable

Details

Definition
A highly refined form of Stevia plant extract also known as Reb A
AKAs
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Health Impact
A 2019 study reported a potential link between nonnutritive sweeteners, including stevia, and disruption in beneficial gut bacteria. This study also found they may induce glucose intolerance and metabolic disorders, similar to how sugar does.

Sources

Sweeteners from plants--with emphasis on Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) and Siraitia grosvenorii (Swingle)
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23341001/
Low-Dose Stevia (Rebaudioside A) Consumption Perturbs Gut Microbiota and the Mesolimbic Dopamine Reward System
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6627124/
Gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/wios-gba091514.php

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