By CarolynVB Latest Reply 2011-03-24 13:01:16 -0500
Started 2011-02-17 17:14:12 -0600

I asked my Diabetic Nurse today about Stevia. She explained how the brain reads "sweets" regardless of the origin (Stevia, honey, sugar, soda) and then tells the liver to go into "store mode", making it stop working. She then explained that after we are done drinking our sweetened water, our brain does not register as full and so then we begin our search for food, even if we aren't really hungry. She stated that while we do need some sweet in our diet, we also want to keep our liver working as it should. She suggested that any sweetners, including natural, should be limited. I know many of you have done a lot of research on this and wonder if you've found the same information.

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4 replies

veggie1962 2011-02-19 17:26:50 -0600 Report

I do understand the connection between sweetness of any kind and cravings/weight gain. I can only say that I have been using stevia for 11 years now and I rarely crave sweets and I am of normal weight. I do, however, really enjoy my stevia and use a fair amt of it. I find that on the rare occasions when I use splenda that it is not a sweet as stevia and I don't like it anyways. However, I really dislike foods and beverages that are highly sweetened with sugar, even too much honey or maple syrup too. So, at least in my case, my love of stevia has not caused me to want sugary foods or led to weight gain.

BTW, I use pure stevia in liquid form, not the new powdered stevia in packets that contain either sugar alcohols or even sugar.

GabbyPA 2011-02-18 06:14:37 -0600 Report

Yes, I read the book sweet deception and it goes into that a bit. That is why diet sodas cause us to gain weight. Our brains are looking for the fullness or the calories to go with that flavor and when it's not there, we seek out other things to fill the gap. Our brains are very smart and trying to trick them is not a good idea.

I will say though, that if I am going to sweeten, I use natural sweeteners only. No more artificial stuff. But what amazes me most is that when we were hunter gatherers, we consumed about 4 pounds of honey a year. Now, our diets are so littered with sweet, it's disgusting. The average person consumes about 150 pounds of refined sugars a year now. It's no wonder we are so messed up.

jayabee52 2011-02-17 17:54:26 -0600 Report

I personally have stopped using any sweetener at all, either sugar or the artificials for the very reason that the Nurse said. It makes sense to me.