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Are products with stevia safe?

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The FDA approved only the purified form of stevia, called stevioside, as safe to use. Products considered safe have words in their ingredient list like "stevia extract" or "stevia rebaudiana." If you see whole stevia leaves or crude stevia extracts at your local natural foods store, don’t buy them.

From: What Is Stevia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

American Diabetes Association: “Low-Calorie Sweeteners," “Size Up Your Sweetener Options.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Stevia”

Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Stevia”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Is Stevia an FDA-Approved Sweetener?”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Agency Response Letter GRAS Notice No. GRN 000348

United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library: “Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Sweeteners”

International Food Information Council: “Stevia Sweeteners: Another Low-Calorie Option”

University of Nebraska, Lincoln: “Stevia.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

American Diabetes Association: “Low-Calorie Sweeteners," “Size Up Your Sweetener Options.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Stevia”

Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Stevia”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Is Stevia an FDA-Approved Sweetener?”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Agency Response Letter GRAS Notice No. GRN 000348

United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library: “Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Sweeteners”

International Food Information Council: “Stevia Sweeteners: Another Low-Calorie Option”

University of Nebraska, Lincoln: “Stevia.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on October 29, 2018

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