One new thing that I added to my diet that I had never previously consumed is stevia. Ever since going LC/Paleo, I have used pure stevia powder as my primary sweetener. I have been putting it in coffee, whey protein PWO drinks, recipes, and even tried "Zevia" soda alternatives.
Apparently stevia is a vasodilator, and while that may be a good thing for some people, it might also not be for others.
I have never figured it could be giving me trouble, but I did some looking around and many people do in fact report some oddball side effects with stevia. It's supposed to be the best, most pure and natural non caloric sweetener available. I still believe it probably is, but now I am wondering if Stevia is messing with my blood flow enough to make me feel like I have some kind of heart problem when maybe I don't.
btw... I use a very pure stevia powder from Stevita. It's guaranteed to be at least 95% pure stevia crystals. (no fillers). But it should be noted that I do not consume stevia in large amounts. Usual dose in coffee and/or PWO drink is about 1/8 of a teaspoon at a time. So I really never have anything above 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on any given day.
Has anyone else felt any unwanted symptons with stevia?
Wow, that's great. That explains why stevia might be hypoglycemic. Also, if I have Raynaud's syndrome, I should have coffee with stevia, since coffee will vaso-constrict, while stevia will vaso-dilate. This will neutralize caffeine's constricting effects on microvessels.
Also, has anyone taken enough stevia to check if vasodilation works well enough down there for the macrocapillaries to perhaps supplant viagra or cialis?
I've been sort of surprised by the rise in Stevia usage in the LC community. Stevia has a long history in Chinese medicine for treating diabetes. It apparently stimulates insulin (which is inconsistent with LC theory). Insulin is a vasodilator so it is possible you are experiencing this.
This may be unrelated, but I noticed after a few week long trials, that Stevia makes me sweat a ton -unrelated to my temperature. (For example I will be chilly in my office, but sweating). Normally I hardly sweat at all -even when I am hot.
I bought some organic powdered stevia to experiment with (green tea-ish powdery looking stuff) and it makes me feel sick every time without fail. Symptoms include headaches, tiredness, just want to sleep and can't get any work done. Luckily since then I've given up the taste for added sweetness.
Whenever I consume stevia I feel awful. Sharp headache, pain behind the eyes, slightly dizzy, upset stomach. I've only tried it 3 times, but each time I've had the same reaction.
If I need a sweetener I just use honey or sugar; but I try to limit my sweet intake as much as possible.
Stevia made my throat burn and itch, every time (I stopped using it, obviously). Doesn't matter what formulation. I can tell if it's in my food just based on the intense reaction. It's not totally benign; plenty of people have adverse reactions to it.
Well this guy claims stevia is the answer to global warming and in another vid also claims it's creates cold fusion. All filmed from the luxurious location of a public restroom. Hope he was crazy prior to these vids and it's not a side effect of too much stevia :)
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