17.07.2014

Stevia\u0027s effects on fertility and pregnancy

Brittany lives in Kansas City, where she and her husband Austin are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl. The bottom line: Stevia extract, at the miniscule dose used to sweeten food and beverages, when used in moderation does not appear to exert any negative effect on human fertility at all. Stevia is a herb in the sunflower or Asteacea family the leaves of which contain a variety of substances which taste very sweet, but have no calories or carbohydrates when used to sweeten food and drinks. Stevia is a popular non-caloric, non-glycaemic, non-insulinaemic sweetener, meaning it has no calories and affects neither blood glucose levels nor insulin levels after consuming it. In addition to being non-caloric, the studiesdone to date on Stevia indicate that it could have quite a raft of beneficial effects -antioxidant properties, improving glucose metabolism, revitalising the pancreatic beta cells which produce insulin,improving lipid profiles (cholesterol and triglycerides), stimulating the immune system, anti-tuberculosis activity,improving the solubility of other drugs, and even potentially inhibiting cancer development.
The scientific basis for the questions around stevia’s effects on fertility centre around two studies. Firstly, rats are not humans and we may not experience the same results that the rats in this study did.
Secondly, the dose of whole stevia extract given was very, very high – 10 ml of a 5% decoction of the whole dried plant which had been boiled for 10 minutes, then cooled and strained.
In 1999, Melis of the Biology Department of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil published a study which claimed that very high doses of stevia for 60 days reduced the weight of the testicles and some attached structures of male rats, as well as decreasing sperm count and testosterone levels, which he hypothesized occurred due to the glycosides in the extract being attracted to testosterone receptors in the rat.
The results of these studies have, however, since been refuted by numerous researchers, using better methodologies and larger numbers of animals.
Whereas Melis (1999) suggested a possible decrease of the fertility of male rats by a very high dose of Stevia extract, Oliveira-Filho et al.
As stevia has been confirmed to be non-toxic by numerous toxicological studies, it is likely that if the contraceptive effect of stevia were real, researchers would have long ago discovered that fact and isolated the compounds responsible. There have been a few studies which have found a negative effect on fertility in rats with extremely high doses, however, these studies have been refuted and are considered to be either of poor methodology or simply unrepeatable by other researchers, indicating that the results were due to a confounding factor that was not discovered at the time.
Dozens of studies have determined that stevia, particularly isolated sweetening compounds stevioside and Reb. At this point, there is no evidence to support the assertion that stevia causes a decrease in fertility in animals or humans, male or female at normal doses used to sweeten food. There is a great body of toxicological research on the compounds stevioside and rebaudioside A which are responsible for the sweetening properties of stevia.
CAPTCHAThis question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. If you use artificial sweeteners and are pregnant, it is always best to talk with your care provider on which sweetener you are using and how much you are consuming.
Aspartame is the artificial sweetener found in NutraSweet, Equal, and most diet soft drinks and other sugar-free treats, and it's considered safe when consumed in moderate amounts.
The main health issue for pregnant women who use artificial sweeteners is that they may be missing out on more nutritious foods and beverages.
Non-nutritive Sweeteners are added in very small amounts to foods for a significant sweetening effect and have been approved for use in dietetic or reduced calorie foods and beverages.
Acesulfame Potassium: (Sunett) This sweetener is added to baked goods, frozen desserts, sugar free gelatins, puddings and beverages. Aspartame: (Equal or NutraSweet) Aspartame is not effective in heat nor for long periods in liquid form. Saccharin: (Sweet 'N Low) Although it is not used as much today as in the past, it still appears in many foods, beverages and other substances. Cyclamate: This sweetener has been linked to cancer and is currently banned in the United States. Well, first, you won’t find any stevia recipes on Nourished Kitchen, though you will find an assortment of naturally sweetened recipes to serve for holidays, festive occasions and when you want something a little sweet. I gave stevia a chance instead of using sugar in a batch of jam and I was really unimpressed by the taste.
I use agave syrop or honey instead of stevia drops, I used both in my apple gem and seems ok so far the gem lasted well, with born stevia and honey.


I consumed stevia daily for over 2 years and began to suffer from adrenal fatigue which for the last year got pretty severe and debilitating. We sometimes use grade B organic maple syrup, as it is the only other sweetener that won’t affect his blood sugar levels significantly and is a raw (real) food. I have used the powdered stevia in cocoa and did not find that it had any bitter after taste, however, an envelope in a cup of liquid (which are the instructions on the box), I found sickeningly sweet so have used a lot less since then. I have noticed that the people here for the most part are complaining about stevia that is bought in stores and most likely using the whole plant, stems and leaves. It has been used as a sweetener for more than 1500 years, and there really haven’t been many reported side effects.
Hundreds of other researchers have done studies on stevia since these two studies were done, and none noted any side effects of the fertility variety, and actually none have noted any side effects at all. Clinically proven to dramatically increase your chances of conception and help you get pregnant fast from the very first use. You can subscribe to their lively and entertaining YouTube Channel to follow along on their journey. A are safe to use in food and drink as a sweetener and have no adverse effect on human health or fertility. As with most things in pregnancy, it is always best to consult with your health care provider about what artificial ingredients are safe for you to use during your pregnancy. Acesulfame Potassium has been deemed safe to use in moderation during pregnancy by the FDA. It is often found as an additive to soft drinks, gelatin, desserts, pudding mixes, breakfast cereals, beverages, chewing gum, dairy products, and other foods and drugs.
Sucralose has been approved for use in baked goods, baking mixes, non-alcoholic beverages, chewing gum, coffee and tea products, confections and frostings, fats and oils, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, fruit juices, sugar substitutes, sweet sauces, toppings and syrups. Yes, it definitely lacks in usefulness for baking, but if it is the only option, it is ok for occasional use, and NOT in recipes that rely on sugar or honey for texture.
I agree regarding taste and overusing of anything, be it healthy choice or not, is never good for anyone. It took over a year and many doctors visits and food eliminations to pinpoint the cause of my symptoms were solely due to Stevia. We cannot use traditional sweeteners, and don’t want to consume artificial sweeteners.
Because I only use it to sweeten tea and I only use the dusting that sticks to the back of my spoon after I’ve wet the spoon in my tea, I still have a mound of it. Stevia is much sweeter than other natural sugars, meaning that just a small bit is needed to obtain the same effects. In fact, Professor Kruc himself says that the only reason the rats in the study experienced fertility issues is because of the overdose of the stevia that they were given.
One study had primates given a dosage of 2500 mg of stevia each day (the human dosage is somewhere around 2mg), and even with that high dosage, there was no indication of decreased fertility. And now for a limited time, Try a FREE starter pack today & receive 20 FREE pregnancy tests and a FREE Digital BBT Thermometer! The e-mail address is not made public and will only be used if you wish to receive a new password or wish to receive certain news or notifications by e-mail.
Saccharin has not been shown  to cause birth defects, but animal studies show that it may increase the risk of bladder cancer and research on monkeys shows that saccharin is cleared out of the baby's body more slowly than the mother's.So if an expectant mother ingests a a lot of saccharin, it could accumulate in her baby's bladder and potentially increase the baby's risk for bladder cancer.
There are two categories of sweeteners: nutritive (contain calories) and non-nutritive (without calories). When used in moderation, nutritive sweeteners are considered safe for consumption during pregnancy assuming they are not contributing to excess weight gain. According to the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), Aspartame is safe for use during pregnancy and lactation. It can also be used as “table-top sweetener.” Sucralose has no effect on blood sugar, offers no calories, and is deemed safe during pregnancy and lactation.


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I do use it in herbal teas and vinaigrette salad dressings, ketchup, and in anything that already has a natural sour or bitterness to it. After completely cutting stevia and all alternative sweeteners from my diet, I experienced almost complete recovery within 2 months (still have a few off days). This compound doesn’t raise blood sugar and is clearly not as detrimental as the questionable sugar alcohols.
Many doctors also say that Stevia is safe for diabetics, and that it will not alter their blood sugar levels. The rats that consumed the Stevia produced fewer and smaller offspring than the rats who did not consume the stevia. So, the bottom line is, while two studies that were around 40 years old stated that stevia might hurt your fertility, these studies have been debunked, and as far as we know at the current time, stevia is completely and perfectly safe and has no ill effects as far as fertility goes! Because of this concern, some physicians ban saccharin from their pregnant patients' diets.
It is recommended to limit consumption to a moderate level.Aspartame should not be used by anyone with PKU (a rare metabolic disorder), rare liver disease, or by pregnant women who have high levels of phenylalanine in their blood. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sucralose is safe for everyone to consume, including pregnant women.
But studies do show that saccharin crosses the placenta and may remain in fetal tissue, so its use for pregnant women still remains in question.
At first it was chalked up to the stress of divorce, but it has been 4 years now and that stress has passed but the adrenals are still always the most sensitive points.
I am not a diabetic but on a self chosen lifestyle that requires no fat, no salt, no sugar, no dairy and no animal products of any kind including eggs.
Yet another study was conducted in 1988, which says that Stevia could cause a contraceptive effect in women who use it. However, if you inadvertently used saccharin before knowing you were pregnant, the risks, if any, of consuming a small amount in the first weeks are extremely small. Nutritive sweeteners include sugars such as sucrose, dextrose, honey, corn sugar, fructose, and maltose. Phenylalanine is a component of aspartame, and it may not metabolize correctly in anyone who has these conditions. In my research there is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence online about others who have developed the same thing from stevia use during pregnancy, and some people have used it to intentionally increase low amniotic fluid. I may have to consider that this could be the source of that, and see if it changes if I stop.
In other words, I have gone strictly vegan and as a result I lost 15 lbs in 6 weeks and have lowered my blood pressure and my cholesterol. And, Professor Kruc has also stated that even if the findings were accurate, there is no way to tell if the stevia overdose would have the same effect on humans as it did on rats.
Thankfully it didn’t have a lasting effect or cause any other complications, and my boy was born healthy!
I have a blockage in my heart but refuse to go on medication as I feel the side effects and damage I would be doing to my body are worse than the disease.
As for the 1988 study done by Professor Mauro Alvarez, Professor Alvarez says that he now believes that stevia is completely safe for human consumption, and that his study was not credible. Examples of sugar alcohols include: Sorbitol, Xylitol, Isomalt, Mannitol, and Hydrogenated Starch. A from stevia and in 2008, the FDA approved the use of the isolated rebaudioside A compound from stevia as a sweetener in these companies’ iconic beverages.



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