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The rundown on Stevia

In 2008, the sweetener Stevia, made its way to U.S. supermarket shelves. It is advertised as a natural zero calorie sweetener containing no artificial ingredients. South America has used the stevia plant as a sweetener for many years, but the FDA had to approve its use in the U.S. after studies in the 1980’s showed there could be adverse effects. These included fertility problems and potential genetic mutations. In 2008, Reb A, part of the stevia leaf, was shown to be safe for consumption. Products like Truvia and PureVia use Reb A in their sweeteners. So should you swap your Splenda or sugar packet for a stevia sweetener? You will have to use your own judgment on this one. Since stevia sweeteners are still fairly new in the U.S. market, the jury is still out on their long-term safety. The other options have their faults as well. There has been a lot of research showing ill effects of too much sugar in our diet. Artificial sweeteners like Splenda have also been linked to side effects like seizures and headaches. If you must use a sweetener, do so in moderation. Try to stick with one pack a day or less, and check your other products like yogurt to minimize sweeteners as much as your can. Our personal trainers stress a healthy diet in combination with your fitness plan in order to see optimal results!