I'm curious to know if anyone else has expereinced an adverse reaction to the sweetner - Stevia. I was so excited when I found this natural sweetner and I coudln't wait to try it. everything I had read so far was encouraging and it seemed as though I had found my sweet coffee again.
Unfortunately I've now determined that I experience an adverse/allergic type reaction that started with flu like symptoms after about a week and a half of taking 2 packets in my morning coffee or tea. The chills and body aches (without fever) were only managed by alternating IB and Tylenol. Several days later (I was still consuming the Stevia) my glands started to swell. I remained lethargic and achey. By the end of the week a rash developed. It was then that I felt I was dealing with an allergic reaction and eliminated the only new item in my diet. But it wasn't soon enough. That evening I experienced swelling in my hands and feet, with tremendous joint pain. This only dissipated after several days. The pain was not relieved with any OTC pain med.
Several weeks later I tried the Stevia again to simply be sure. This time my reaction was more rapid, again starting with the body aches and chills,but quickly moving to the swelling and pain of the hands and feet.
Has anybody EVER heard for this before?
Hi Tidelian, welcome to the forum It is strange but those things happen. I have personally never even tried Stevia (not living in the U.S.) - but I get stomach convulsions when I eat "non-sugar" candies or anything else containing sorbitol
Have you tried pure sevia with no additives. The packets of stevia contain additives. I use pure stevia everyday in 3-4 teas a day and I have never experinced any reactions. It is possible that you are allergicto the stevia but it also might be one of the additives that you are reacting to. I would try just a little of pure stevia to be sure. It really is a great natural sweetner.
I, too, believe I haave had an adverse reaction to Stevia. In fact, that is how I found this board, Googling adverse reactions to the herb.
I make a concoction that has water, liquid Stevia, agave nectar, fresh lemon juice and mint as an alternative to soda and lemonade.
It tastes delicious, but after experiencing some really hot days here and drinking a lot of it, I think an itchy rash that broken out underneath my arms and inside my thighs is related to the Stevia.
I DID put quite a bit of it in the drink one day because I wanted it sweeter. I'm curious as to whether or not anyone else has had such a reaction.
Paula, welcome to the forum, I hope you will like it here.
I hope we can come to a conclusion here to see what it is exactly that cause this allergic reaction. Was the Stevia you used natural or packaged with additives?
The brand I have is by SweetLeaf. The other ingredient is grapefruit seed extract in a "proprietary blend." Now I just noticed that it said the serving size is 2 drops. One day I put in dropperful as (obviously) I have a sweet tooth. Maybe excessive use is the culprit. FDA notwithstanding, I can understand why they're not approving it if these rashes can happen without any warning.
Ah, the FDA hasn't approved it?
In that case I would advise not using it at all. I am sorry, but without their approval I don't think it is wise to do so....
Well, they have approved it as a dietary supplement but not as a food additive.
Some say this is mincing words. If it is OK as a dietary supplement why not as a food additive.
My take is that as a dietary supplement, Stevia's use is more elective. You have to specifically go to the health food store or section to buy it. Approving it a a food additive (for widespread use in soft drinks, cakes, pies, food, in general) certainly ups the stakes in terms of the mass of people who might experience a negative reaction. The bottle I have says the FDA has not evaluated this statement (about Stevia used as a a sweetener). I don't think too many people would want to buy a food product with such a warning on it.
In defense of Stevia, however, I guess everything in moderation, nothing in excess and everyone's biochemistry is different.
I have now read the Stevia website and among other things they are saying this
"As Rob McCaleb, president and founder of the Herb Research Foundation, puts it: "Sweetness is big money. Nobody wants to see something cheap and easy to grow on the market competing with the things they worked so hard to get approved."
Could that be part of the consideration? I know established medicines and other commodities can have a lot to say about other products entering the market (and thus weakening it for themselves).
Oh, yeah. I'm sure the Splenda people (and others) are not too happy about Stevia!
You are exactly right. The sugar industry and the artifical sweetner industry does not want the fda to allow this healthy sweetner to be used in products that will infringe on their markets. Big Business runs the FDA. Money talks. As far as I'm concerned I couldn't care less if the fda has approved something or not, they are not out there protecting us, they are protecting big business, they have NO credibility to me. In fact I'm skeptical of things that they have approved. Look at all the drugs they've approved that have caused hundreds of deaths and health problems before they get pulled off the market. But even with the law suits those drug companies still make millions off of their drug before it gets pulled. So much for the fda protecting us.
Katiepen, that is a rather sad conclusion. It -in fact- means there is no institution that is watching out for the people....
That's exactly right Renee. That's why it is so important for us all to educate ourselves and protect ourselves, knowledge is power. We can't blindly trust that our government is protecting us, we have to stand up and say that we're not going to tolerate this anymore, we're not going to buy their deadly chemicals, drugs and foods and things will change. As I said before, money talks and when we stop spending ours on their poisons things will change.
I also wanted to add that I find it interesting that the people that are having reactions to stevia are all sweetleaf stevia. I would try a different brand of pure, no additive stevia. I drink quite a bit of it everyday and I have not had any reactions. Of course it's always possible to have a sensitivity to any food but it might just be the brand and additives.
Very interesting. Thanks for those comments. I actually am not sure now if it was the Stevia, stress, deodorant or what. Whatever it was placed a shock n my body. Strange!
The itching is over but now I have all of these hyperpigmented dark spots mainly inside of my upper arms. Let me know if anyone has any good ideas how to get rid of them fast -- but naturally.
Katiepen, you are very right. I am with you girl (although I don't live in the U.S.) - I wonder how much success a "public uprising" against these perpetrations for the sake of the 'ruling capital' would really have? Does it stand a chance?
PaulaNQ, aren't there homeopath physicians in the U.S.? You could consult one of these. Although that branch also fall into the trap of commercialization hopefully there still are some doctors active there that work out of their conscience...
I just came across this wonderful site and as a retired nurse would like to comment on Stevia. Whenever dealing with any plant there is the possibility of being allergic to it. I would suggest that you try the natural plant to rule out causes. If you still react, then that's your answer. If you have had an allergic reaction to a product please, stop using it immediately, as adverse reactions build with each dose, becoming worse with each attack. I use the natural plant and have no adverse reactions, just good ones.
Thanks, I've gone back to drinking my Stevia Lemon Water using Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia. While I haven't had a rash, I do get an itch on my back no biggie.
The other thing, when I broke into the big rash,I WAS putting fresh spearmint (from the garden) into the concoction. I wonder if THAT had something to do with it.
yikes! that is creepy! thanks for the heads up...
I experienced a numbing in my face, oral mucosa, and an acidic, metallic taste in my mouth and arm the first time I tried Truvia, a brand of stevia sweetener. I quit taking it and the sensation went away. A week later, I decided I wanted to be sure it was that and not some underlying medical problem, so I tried one cup of coffee with it and BAM. The reaction was faster, stronger, with only half a cup of coffee gone. I also got heart palpitations and a tight feeling in my chest. I went to the doctor, and they found nothing wrong. Needless to say, I think I'm just one of those really lucky people who are allergic to the only good tasting natural sweetener around. Bummer. Tried the pure stevia as well, and experienced a similar reaction. I dont' think that's normal, though, I think its just me.
I just came across this when looking for adverse reactions to stevia.
I tried Tropicana's Trop50, reduced calorie juice, sweetened with Purevia, a brand of stevia. After drinking it for several days, my stomach/abdomen started hurting. It went on for several days, long enough that I thought I might have a "bug"; then, I realized I'd started drinking this juice and checked the label. When I stopped drinking it, I felt better.
A few weeks later, I bought it again, thinking I'd mix it with other juices, and the diluted version probably would be ok. Even though I didn't drink it every day, my stomach started hurting again. I felt better when I stopped.
I think it's due to Purevia, and thought I'd thow this out. Just wondered if anyone else has had stomach symtoms.
the few times I have tried liquid stevia (90% stevia leaf extract, deionized water and vegetable glycerine), from a natural food store in my area, my tongue felt all prickly like I had stuck my tongue on a handful of pins. I only used a few drops each time. I did get some Truvia last week, tried it once and did not get the same reaction so am not sure whether to try the liquid one again or not. It also gave my tea a funny aftertaste which is strange bc I drink stash black chai and it is fairly strong tasting itself. After reading about the side affects that other ppl have gotten from the Truvia, not sure if I want to make the switch from splenda or not.
OMG!!! I wish I had found this message a few months ago when I was trying to diagnose my itchy red rash.
I broke out on my chest with what looked like typical zits/blemishes- of course I messed with them and treated with acne medicine.
The rash then went down my back and upper thighs-that rash was more orange peel looking and feeling- very itchy.
Went to a dermatologist who did 2 biopsies. While waiting for results, I quit using Truvia since that was something new I had introduced to my diet and the rash started going away.
I was told that the rash was an allergic reaction to a bug bite or over the counter drug and not related to anything I had listed including the Truvia.
I started using Truvia again- and BAM- it's back and worse than before. Of course since a dermatologist and my medical doctor's said that it couldn't be that... I started re washing all my clothes in a new detergent that is free of dies and perfumes.
Decided to search the web again and found all these comments- I just turned off the washer and threw the NEW box of Truvia away.
Thank you all
I had never heard of Stevia, until I began looking for a new protein powder that didn't contain artificial sweeteners, and was directed to one containing Stevia Leaf powder. After less than 6 hours of my first ingestion, I began to experience itchy throat, and by the next morning had developed into a minor respiratory difficulty. Not connecting the two, I ingested another serving this afternoon (29th). Within minutes, I felt more discomfort in my throat, and by that evening splotchy hives had developed on my thighs and neck. My lips became swollen, as did my **** and *****, along with intense itching there and in extremities such as my fingers. Gastrointestinal issues appeared also. For the record, I have never, repeat NEVER had, or been allergic to, any substance in my entire life, and the only new substance introduced to my system was Stevia powder. I immediately came online and was lead here. I still have the symptoms, and will post back with further results.
Some good reading: http://www.wnho.net/splenda_chlorocarbon.htm
Also, what I found troubling are the "FDA/Big Money" conspirists on the board. It's got that status for a reason, and I am testament to that.
I just tried stevia mixed with erythritol - brand name - Truvia. Last week my hands were very swollen. I didn't use it for a few days. Then, I put it in my coffee for two days. My feet and ankles started swelling later that day and it continued for three days. Unusual for me. I wondered if it might be this as it was the only thing "new" in my diet. The swelling is almost gone now. I'm not sure it was the Truvia & may try a small bit of it later just to see. Just wondered who else might have had these problems & found this blog. It might even be the secondary ingredient, not the stevia itself. Either way, it scared me a bit.
YES- quit using stevia. this stuff is liquid poison ivy. Those pimples you said you had noticed, I'm sure they weren't actually pimples, but the same reaction that I had.
It took 3 weeks for for my body to return to normal after stopping the use of the Truvia that I only put in my morning coffee.
My head started itching- so I thought maybe it was the shampoo.
When I noticed "pimples" on my back and legs, I knew this was a reaction to something. I assumed it was the stevia.
I was told no it was not a food allergy since the results of the 2 biopsy's said it was a bug bite or drug interaction,
Well- i stopped using Truvia while waiting for the results of the test and the rash was going away.
But once I introduced it again- this time the reaction was quicker and worse than before,
I will never use stevia in any form again.
I have trouble with all artificial sweeteners (i get diarrhea) but was trying to cut down on my sugar intake. trying to be helpful my mom went out and found some stevia for me. i am not sure of the brand but it came in packets of individual servings white powder. she opened a packet for me i stuck my pinkie finger in and got a little taste. i did not think it tasted bad but with in a few Min's maybe even sooner ( it was a confusing time for me) my throat started to swell and i had mucus coming out of my nose and down my throat, my throat swelled so much i had trouble just swallowing. i have had this reaction when i had took penicillin as a child so thankfully my mom knew what to do and i had only tried a small amount. the next day i could barley talk my throat was scratchy and sore. i know some people think it may have been the fillers in the product i don't know but i am not going to risk finding out.
I read one administrator's comment that we shouldn't use something if the FDA hasn't approved it. It's a NATURAL HERB! Think of all the things that the FDA has approved that are now killing people and making lawyers tons of money when we sue! I don't think the FDA approval/non approval is always an issue. They don't approve my all natural dandelions (no lawn chemicals used) outside, but they are still edible!
Seriously...this is not an artificial sweetener. It's natural. Just like other natural items, some people are allergic. If you have an adverse reaction, then don't use it. Pretty simple.
This is all very interesting.
About a week ago, I broke out in a red pimple like rash all over my legs. It looks like a dry shave rash, but it is all the way up my thighs and on my feet, so I knew it was different. I also have flu like symptoms, but I assumed those were from a cold. Now I am wondering if this is all related to my starting to use Stevia extract in my coffee 2 weeks ago.
Mine is from Trader Joes and is in powder form. Its only other ingredient is Lactose. I stopped using it yesterday and hope this rash will go away.