(Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni)
CONTRAINDICATIONS OF STEVIA
Is it safe to use stevia in food?
Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) as a sweetener has been investigated for more than 25 years and has been approved as a safe ingredient by different independent laboratories.
The Expert Committee on Food Additives of FAO / WHO (JECFA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that stevia is safe for health as food additive.
Its acceptable daily intake (ADI) has been determined at 4 mg / kg.
What contraindications has stevia sweetener?
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– Diabetes: Some studies have reported that stevia has slightly hypoglycemic effects and may affect the control of blood sugar level.
Other studies have shown that consumption of stevia plant or its sweeteners can be highly recommended for people with adult-onset diabetes (type 2 diabetes).
In general, in case of diabetes, it is recommended a prior consultation with the doctor before using this natural sweetener. This recommendation is more important in the case of insulin-dependent (type 1 diabetes).
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– Hypotension or low blood pressure: Some scientific studies have reported that stevia may have components that lower blood pressure. However, studies are inconclusive. Consult your doctor before taking stevia if you have low blood pressure or take medications to control the tension.
– People with allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemums and other pollen allergies should use the plant with caution (fresh or dried leaves).
Taking stevia during pregnancy and lactation
– Pregnancy and lactation: No studies have been conducted on the use of stevia during pregnancy. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before taking stevia. If you take this sweetener, it is recommended to do it in low doses and do not exceed the recommended daily dose
How does stevia sweetener appear on a product?
The trade name of the sweetener stevia in Europe is steviol glycosides (E-960)., a food additive
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