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Does Stevia Cause Infertility?
on May 17, 2013
by Brittany Null
With all of the good news about Stevia, the calorie free alternative to sugar, what could possibly be the problem with Stevia?
Stevia is an all natural sweetener, made from the leaves of the Stevia plant. It is very popular today, since it is a calorie free alternative to sugar. Stevia is much sweeter than other natural sugars, meaning that just a small bit is needed to obtain the same effects. Many doctors also say that Stevia is safe for diabetics, and that it will not alter their blood sugar levels. So, with all of that good news, what could possibly be the problem with Stevia? Read on to find out.. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Stevia is not new. It has been used as a sweetener for more than 1500 years, and there really haven’t been many reported side effects. However, an alarming study was done in 1968 with rats. The rats that consumed the Stevia produced fewer and smaller offspring than the rats who did not consume the stevia. Yet another study was conducted in 1988, which says that Stevia could cause a contraceptive effect in women who use it. So, are these studies legit? And if so, should women who want to conceive stop using stevia?
The truth about these studies is actually quite alarming. The 1968 study, led by Professor Joseph Kruc, has proven to not be very trustworthy. 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. For the same effect to be had in humans, a 120 lb. human would have to consume upwards of seven pounds of stevia a day, something that is just not going to happen. 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. 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. So, where does this leave us?
The latest news in the world of stevia fertility safety is assuring. 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. 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. 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! So,sweeten away!
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Brittany lives in Kansas City, where she and her husband Austin are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl. You can subscribe to their lively and entertaining YouTube Channel to follow along on their journey.