(Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni)
SIDE EFFECTS OF STEVIA
Is the sweetener of stevia safe for health?
Stevia fresh plant (Stevia rebaudiana) and the products extracted from it, including stevioside and rebaudioside A, are safe for health.
Stevia is a noncaloric sweetener that has been researched for over 25 years and has been approved as safe ingredient by different independent laboratories.
It appears on the GRAS lists of the United States (Generally Recognised As Safe), considering its use is suitable as a sweetener in food and beverages.
The Expert Committee on Food Additives of FAO / WHO (JECFA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have determined stevia is safe for health as food additive.
Its Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) has been determined at 4 mg / kg.
The sweetener stevia has been approved by the European Commission (EC) for use in foods and beverages, such as published in Regulation 1333/2008.
How does stevia sweetener appears on a label?
Photo of stevia plant
The brand name of Stevia sweetener is steviol glycosides (E-960), a a food additive.
It can be found as fresh plant in garden centers, herbalists, garden shops, botanical gardens, etc.
Has stevia any side effects?
When taken in recommended doses, stevia does not cause side effects.
– In some people, stevia has produced abdominal bloating, nausea and dizziness.
– Stevia can interact with medications for diabetes and hypertension.
– Stevia has some contraindications
More information on contraindications, toxicity and properties of stevia.
19 March, 2019