Stevia

✨Healthy Products That Might Not Be So Healthy✨ - Stevia (swipe to see recommendations).
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With many sweeteners on the market, many of which are marketed as healthy, one of the most common questions is:
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What about stevia❓
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Stevia is a plant typically grown in South America that has been used for centuries.  It’s extract is 200 times sweeter than sugar, but it does not raise blood insulin levels.  Just like all other products on the market, there are products to avoid, better and best options.
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One problem is that stevia products are often highly processed (a 42 step process according to patent CN102199177A), using chemicals like acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol (1). The best is when the whole stevia leaf is just used.  Another problem is that stevia often contains unnecessary added ingredients, like dextrose, silica, natural flavors, gmo corn derived erythritol, and more.
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Look for stevia products that:
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✅in powder form, shown as “whole leaf stevia”, and is green in color, not bleached white.
✅in tincture form, it should be 100% pure stevia extract
✅have stevia as the only sweetener ingredient
✅don’t have added unnecessary ingredients like like maltodextrin, dextrose or erythritol (made from GMO corn)
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Like many foods, stevia is best used sparingly and some people can experience adverse symptoms (upset stomachs, headache), especially those with a ragweed allergy (2)
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Just fyi... for Sweetleaf SweetDrops, 
the ingredients are: purified water, organic stevia leaf extract, natural flavors. SweetLeaf states their ‘natural flavors’ are plant-based, consisting of herbs, fruits, vegetables, and essences, are vegan, gluten free, contain no MSG or GMO’s👏🏻.
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And remember a 👎🏻 just simply means it has some ingredients that aren’t the best and that there is a better choice out there.
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1. Processing: https://patents.google.com/patent/CN102199177A/en
2. Allergy: https://www.newhealthguide.org/Stevia-Side-Effects.html