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?