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Old 01-06-2019, 06:51   #1
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Last question, think I discovered my nerve issue. I try to avoid sugar, much as possible. But, what's crazy is, my body reacts to Stevia but not soda sugar. If I drink a regular soda, I'm fine. But, if I drink fluids with Stevia, or diet rite soda, I get the shakies Artificual sweetners overstimulate my nervous system, but soda sugar does not. Any idea why?

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I don't know any thing about stevia so this is more of a general statement on my experience with artificial sweeteners. It had a very negative impact on my health back in the 20's and 30s so by the time I hit my 40s I stopped taking artificial sweetener altogether. I haven't had any artificial sweeteners now for 16 years - for me personally sweeteners are just not a healthy option.

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Last question, think I discovered my nerve issue. I try to avoid sugar, much as possible. But, what's crazy is, my body reacts to Stevia but not soda sugar. If I drink a regular soda, I'm fine. But, if I drink fluids with Stevia, or diet rite soda, I get the shakies Artificual sweetners overstimulate my nervous system, but soda sugar does not. Any idea why?

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Just an idea, but what if the shakies is a symptom of hypoglycemia combined with a caffeine boost?

I have a close friend that experienced a hypoglycemic event while 3months into a ketogenic diet. One moment, she was doing fine, she had a tea with stevia, and the next moment she's eating crackers and calling the ambulance.

It is worth mentioning that most people wont experience this, but it is a possibility to consider whenever you are getting the shakies.

Another possibility is the type of stevia that you are ingesting. If it is a powder, the manufacturer is probably combining it with other ingredients. I once heard that the stevia in liquid form avoids about 20 processes and it is blessed with less chemicals and additives.

YMMV

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Last question, think I discovered my nerve issue. I try to avoid sugar, much as possible. But, what's crazy is, my body reacts to Stevia but not soda sugar. If I drink a regular soda, I'm fine. But, if I drink fluids with Stevia, or diet rite soda, I get the shakies Artificual sweetners overstimulate my nervous system, but soda sugar does not. Any idea why?

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I would bet a lot of money on it being purely psychological. In order to eliminate that possibility, get a couple of friends to set up a placebo-controlled DOUBLE-BLIND test. It's easier than it sounds and will answer your question once and for all. NOTHING short of that will.

How you react to something when you KNOW that you have ingested it is fraught with problems to the point - in many cases - of being useless or worse: diametrically opposed to what is real.

I wish you would test this correctly and get back to us. We owe science that much.

To be clear: test ingesting the two substances via numbered samples where you cannot tell which one it is by taste or any other means. That may require using capsules instead of ingesting it in the normal way.

Neither you nor the one administering the test can know which is which. After you've gathered the data, then which samples were which can be revealed and you will have an clean and unambiguous answer of the effect each has on you.

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I don't know any thing about stevia so this is more of a general statement on my experience with artificial sweeteners. It had a very negative impact on my health back in the 20's and 30s so by the time I hit my 40s I stopped taking artificial sweetener altogether. I haven't had any artificial sweeteners now for 16 years - for me personally sweeteners are just not a healthy option.
Just FYI: I don't know what sweeteners you were using, but stevia is NOT an "artificial sweetener". It is a completely natural product, a simple water extract from a green leaf and is no more "artificial" than sugar or green tea. There is NO grounds for comparison between this natural extract and those chemicals cooked up in labs - that DON'T exist anywhere in nature - called "artificial sweeteners". There is no chemical or biological reason at all for them even to be imagined as being in one "group" of compounds. (Sorry, perception of them as "sweet" doesn't qualify and is not relevant in this context.)

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Just FYI: I don't know what sweeteners you were using, but stevia is NOT an "artificial sweetener". It is a completely natural product, a simple water extract from a green leaf and is no more "artificial" than sugar or green tea. There is NO grounds for comparison between this natural extract and those chemicals cooked up in labs - that DON'T exist anywhere in nature - called "artificial sweeteners". There is no chemical or biological reason at all for them even to be imagined as being in one "group" of compounds. (Sorry, perception of them as "sweet" doesn't qualify and is not relevant in this context.)
I was using aspartame and in earlier times saccharin. I was diagnosed in 1966 when artificial sweeteners were relatively new. Thanks for the info on Stevia

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Just FYI: I don't know what sweeteners you were using, but stevia is NOT an "artificial sweetener". It is a completely natural product, a simple water extract from a green leaf and is no more "artificial" than sugar or green tea. There is NO grounds for comparison between this natural extract and those chemicals cooked up in labs - that DON'T exist anywhere in nature - called "artificial sweeteners". There is no chemical or biological reason at all for them even to be imagined as being in one "group" of compounds. (Sorry, perception of them as "sweet" doesn't qualify and is not relevant in this context.)
I believe you are correct about liquid stevia extract. But, I heard that the powdered stevia can be cut with some pretty artificial powders.

The truvia that I buy has more dextrose in it than stevia.

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The truvia that I buy has more dextrose in it than stevia.
Would that be in packets? Dextrose is added to sweeteners in packets to keep them from caking.

I buy truvia in a container. Doesn't have any dextrose in it. Just Erythritol and Stevia. (2g sugar alcohol per 1/2 tsp.)

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My Truvia packets, say the have erythritol, stevia leaf extract, and natural flavors. Going to the Truvia FAQ website, doesn't do anything to unmuddy the waters of what is natural flavors, unless of course, "Like pepper, salt or any other spice that would be used to heighten the taste of food, natural flavors are used to bring out the best in Truvía® Natural Sweetener" tells you anything.

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