About stevia (mostly about the processed stevia, but some about the plant:
"The problem with this point is that stevia, being a “sweet” taste to the body, tricks the body into believing there will be glucose (the body’s preferred fuel) so the body clears the way for this glucose by lowering blood sugar in the body clearing the way for glucose to be released. When it isn’t released, and it won’t be because stevia doesn’t contain glucose, adrenaline and cortisol surge to mobilize or worse (for those on low to no carb diets) create sugar from tissues like liver, muscle tissue, other body tissues, glands like the thymus, or proteins geared to create muscle tissue. This process is called glucogenesis and will be discussed in our coming post The Case for Sugar.
Next, the fact that the body prepares itself for glucose and none “shows up” it thrusts itself into a state of hypoglycemia. Also not a good thing.
Adrenaline and cortiol released for the purposes of mobilizing promised glucose that never shows up (as in the case of stevia induced hypoglycemia) is damaging overall to the adrenal glands leading to one factor in adrenal fatigue. If the adrenals are out of balance it is only a matter of time for the thyroid and hormones to fall out of balance. Read more on OAT Axis Imbalance Here , Here, and Here.
Too much cortisol in the body contributes to abdominal weight gain which increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.
Believe me, beauties, any time the body creates sugar from where sugar did not exist (especially when it comes from the breakdown of the body’s own tissues, skin and muscle mass) is a bad thing. Any time adrenaline and cortisol is released into the body it is stressful and the very thing we want to be avoiding. Elevated levels of stress hormones (especially since there is rarely a two ton mammoth chasing us these days) in a chronic state contribute to inflammation, weight gain, insulin resistance, low thyroid function, and impaired immune function). If you didn’t notice already, stevia, advertised to have no effect on blood sugar which is technically good for treating insulin resistance, can ultimately be responsible for insulin resistance.
If that weren’t enough, stevia, even in its purest form, (ground from the leaf) contains steviol glycocides which have a hormonal structure similar to gibberllin and kaurene. Studies have shown they have dramatic effects on estrogen and/or progesterone...."