Absolutely. Stevia has been used around the world with NO
reports of stevia overdose or toxicity to humans in the past forty years. It
has been used since pre-Colombian times with no reports of ill side affects.
Stevia has also withstood years of research that has proven Stevia to be
safe for human and animal consumption.
The Japanese Food and Drug Safety Center has found stevia
not to be mutagenic. Only one study has shown stevia to be potentially a
mutagenic and this study has been criticized for errors in procedure.
Scientist in Great Britain said that according to the study’s formula,
distilled water is mutagenic.
Two studies showed stevia to have a contraceptive effect.
The first study was done in Uruguay over 30 years ago and since then no one
has been able to reproduce the results. The second study was done by a
graduate student in Rio de Janeiro and the results and methods have been
questionable. Multiple other studies have shown that stevia has no
Stevia have been introduced around the world during the past
years, now Coca-Cola company has filed 24 patent applications for stevia and
is joining with the giant food marketer Cargill to introduce a stevia-derived
sweetener. For FDA approval, some food manufacturers have provided
scientific documentation that stevia should be classified as "generally
recognized as safe (GRAS)".
The FDA says that more than 90 studies support stevia
safety. Studies showed that Stevia and stevioside are safe when used as a
sweetener. It is suited for both diabetics, and PKU patients, as well as for
obese people intending to lose weight by avoiding sugar in their
diet. No allergic reactions to it seem to exist.
Whole-leaf stevia or crude stevia extracts aren't FDA-approved.
It is definitely considered safer than aspartame, sucralose
and saccharin, and there is no any kind of evidence that stevia poses a
threat to human health like those other sweeteners.
Safety Research Studies
JOINT FAO/WHO EXPERT COMMITTEE
ON FOOD ADDITIVES, 17-26 June 2008
Overview: The history, technical function and safety of rebaudioside A, a naturally occurring steviol glycoside, for use in food and beverages
M.C. Carakostasa, L.L. Curryb, A.C. Boileaub, D.J. Brusickc
Clinical studies provide further evidence that purified rebaudioside A has no effect on either blood pressure or glucose homeostasis. This paper summarizes the information used to conclude that high purity rebaudioside A (rebiana) produced to food-grade specifications and according to Good Manufacturing Practices is safe for human consumption under its intended conditions of use as a general purpose sweetener.
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