Wow - I haven't been back here is forever! It's so Validating to read what people have posted. I don't feel like some freak! Sorry that other's had to discover the discomfort, but it makes me feel better.
I would like to clarify that the Stevia that I took was the Sweetleaf Stevia product. I haven't ventured into any pure product or extract for fear that it's purest form would be worse. Of course, it could be the fillers.
After having avoided anything Stevia for so long I was surprised when I bought a Vitaminwater10 and started to feel a tingle on my scalp and in my hands. The sensation was obvious and odd and I immediately went to the bottle and discovered it had Truvia in it - a derivative of Stevia. I thought I was being so diligent! I've got to be more watchful of the tag line - "naturally sweetened"
Wow...I knew I had used a form of stevia in my coffee the Friday the swelling started & the next morning but didn't realize the Vitamin Water I had purchased ab the same time had it, too. I guess I'd really better start reading labels as this will likely become more common. No wonder my feet swelled so much. My face was tingling which scared me but I hadn't made that connection.
I think it's funny that people here are imploring us to use stevia without additives. Stevia IS AN ADDITIVE! It's also a DRUG people. Anything you put into your body that is a chemical is a drug. So what if it comes from a natural source. So does cocaine and marijuana.
I tried stevia last week for the first time. After a few days I have a huge chest pain. Unlike any I've ever had.
It is insane to put a drug like stevia into your body. So many things could be happening. It hasn't been studied nearly enough. As for me, I've studied it enough. In the trash and never again.
I do have joint pain when consuming the product, thats how I found this web topic. Its not bad but just curious if I was the only one... thanks
Stevia does not contain SORBITOL. Stevia Extrat comes from the Stevia Rebaudiana plant. It is strange to have an allergy, but possible since this is coming from a plant
I just started using Stevia (SweetLeaf). I drank some on Saturday and all day my hands and feet were throbbing and hurting. I have been under a lot of stress lately so I thought that my body was reacting to all of the bad news I have gotten lately. But the next day, I felt much better. Today, I got off work early and came home and announced to my husband that I was ecstatic to start the holiday weekend early. So, in other words, my stress level is not what it was. I drank some peach tea with SweetLeaf Stevia and soon thereafter my hands started to hurt. At that point, I decided to google joint pain and Stevia -- and found this (although it did take some time so I don't know how prevalent this problem is). At any rate, I am glad to see some confirmation of this odd thing that has happened to me.
This morning I tried a glass of Tropicana’s new Trop50. Within 10 minutes I started developing a migraine headache. That's when I read the label and found that PUREVIA was added to the orange juice. I've never come in contact with a stevia sweetener before, but I know to avoid it now! I'm certain it's the cause of the immediate headache, which is worsening as I type. Needless to say, the carton of Trop50 went down the drain. I believe that it is imperative to warn consumers that the stevia sweetener may cause reactions. If it hit me with a migraine in 10 minutes, what might it do to others?
Pamela--did you see my post about Trop50? It gave me stomach aches. I'm always getting migraines anyway, so I can't say if it gave me any. Needless to say, I don't drink Trop50 anymore, and I'm cautious about stevia sweetened products in general. I'm surprised others haven't had problems with this product.
My reaction wasn't that bad, but I think it caused a rash on my chest.
I started using Truvia on a Friday in my cold tea after the sweetener was mentioned at my Weight Watchers meeting.
Saurday morning I had a cough.
By today (Wed) I thought I had pneumonia, because the cough was so severe, but I had no fever or other symptoms to indicate infection.
The dr. said I was having an acute asthma attack and is treating me for same with prednisone and asthma and allergy meds.
The ONLY thing new in my diet is the Truvia and I wasn't exposed to any of the typical allergens that cause asthma for me on Friday or Saturday.
I stumbled upon the fact that Stevia and Truvia may cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to Ragweed, marigold, chrysanthemum, etc.
I am allergic to all of those.
I will be giving my $6 box of Truvia to the WW lady next week!
I must be the only person that does not get any adverse reactions to stevia, i use it everyday a few times a day and never had a problem. It is the perfect substitute for sugar since sugar is the worst sweetener there is.
Have been on a no-sugar elimination diet for a couple of months. Around a month ago, I began drinking a ginger tea from Chinatown which includes Stevia in it as a sweetener. (My dr said I can have Stevia.) I've been drinking it and having a bit of throat issues, but I put that down to reflux.
Anyhow, this afternoon I was trying to make like a breakfast bar which I can eat which was made up of almond meal, eggs, vanilla, berries and butter. I put 1/3 of a teaspoon of powdered Stevia in the mix (which made an entire tray of slice).
After it baked, I tried the CORNER of the end and when I swallowed it felt like something lodged in my throat. It became increasingly difficult to breathe and my tongue and throat began to sting. I ended up calling the ambulance but (due to our dodgy hospital system in Australia) didn't get to see a dr at the hospital and left a couple of hours later because I could breathe okay again.
Still have the swollen feeling in my throat though, and stinging remains in the back of my throat. I also have an achy stomach, which I think might be the product working its way through my intestines.
It's incredible to me to think that this product is available on the shelf of health food stores when it can cause such a violent reaction!?
No rash yet, but I'm getting some weird muscular spasms. So just avoiding most natural "alternatives" these days because I've had allergic reactions to most of them.
Truvia is a blend of sweetners, not pure stevia. It contains sugar alcohols that have been used for years in natural products and which are known to cause adverse reactions especially stomach pain.
If you want to know how your body reacts to Stevia you have to try pure 100% stevia.
And no Stevia is NOT a drug. It is simply a ground down plant that is very sweet. And like any food item, some people are allergic to it. If you find that you are then it's not for you.
A lot of people are allergic to a lot of different things so, an allergic reaction is not unrealistic. I agree with some that you should try a pure stevia or if you have no dietary requirements or other health concerns stick with pure cane sugar. I find it ridiculous to state that the FDA hasn't approved it and that is supposed to mean something. It isn't conspiracy it is fact. I researched stevia and it has been indicated that stevia, which has been used in other countries for decades, was not allowed in the US due to the impact it would have on the sugar industry. Why is stevia allowed now, what changed? The answer is that round up ready beet sugar has just been approved and that is a US crop. The EPA has recently changed the amount of round up you can consume by, it was either, 3000% or 5000%. I guess that is just a coincidence. Knowledge is power, do your own research. If the government was looking out for us we wouldn't have genetically modified foods UNLABELED on our store shelves. Other countries don't do that, shoppers have a choice in other countries. Or drugs wouldn't be approved that actually kill people, CAFO's would be illegal, etc. It isn't conspiracy when someone you love is dead because, they took a FDA approved drug. But, I guess that is the American way, not in my backyard. When it doesn't happen to you it doesn't matter. Google Dr. Oz and genetically modified/engineered. My rambling is done. lol Allergies come and go. I never had any issues with foods but, the last time I ate kiwi fruit my throat started itching. It happened 3x's and now I don't eat kiwi, I guess some people on here think the FDA will ban it now? lol
I had bought a product called "EcoDrink Vitamin Mineral" .... it was a new item at Costco and on the box, it claims no sugar ... so I bought it.
Very early Monday morning, I make myself the drink, did some work and then go to bed around 11am ... then I wake up late afternoon, started some work, and that's when I noticed red spots on my arms, my legs, my feet, my thighs, etc.
I thought at first it was spider bites, so I start spraying natural stuff around the house to get rid of spiders if any.
I then made myself another EcoDrink, do more work, and I itched and scratched again. Then when I looked at the markings I was getting, it did not look like bug bites. So I then thought what new thing I had introduced to my body ... and it is the EcoDrink. As I read it, I figured it should only have "vitamins" as it states it does... then at the very bottom of the list, I saw the word "Stevia".... I've heard of it, but did not know too much. So I did my research and there was nothing that talked about anyone getting an allergic reaction. I did more research, and just going blank.
Then I started to cook, in the interim, I started to sneeze and was itching like crazy (like I am now). After dinner and cleaning up, I go sit down, and the scratching and itching persists.... even worse. So I take a shower, took photos of the welts, put talc powder ... and I am STILL itching and scratching like crazy!!!!
I replied to yours because you mentioned having had something similar.
I started using Stevia (pure form powder) in August 2009 in my coffee, hot tea, etc. In September, I started having severe asthma attacks that required going to the emergency room. I do not have a history of asthma and I do not have any family members with a history of asthma. After 5 severe attacks over 8 weeks, which caused me to cease working-out and miss many days at work, I determined along with a Pulumonogist that I developed adult on-set asthma. Then I remembered that I started using a new herb, Stevia. I just got tested at the doctor's office and the blood test came back that I am allergic. So, if you think you are you can confirm your suspicion by taking your stevia container(s) or packets with you to the doc's office and ask them to perform a blood allergy test. It saved my work-outs and probably my life!
Just started using PureVia about a week ago - the inside of my thighs started to get red bumps / hives and were really itchy - I thought it was from a new pair of pants I wore the day before, then My feet, fingers and calves started to itch like crazy and I got the same bumps. I took benadryl and it has helped with the itching, because I nearly broke the skin the itching was so bad. I will never use it again and am looking up any name that it can be disguised as so that I can be sure to read labels and avoid it.
Wow ! It's really good you write about all of those complications when using Stevia people! Other people will be warned this way.
I hope you all start to feel better soon.
wow.. glad i came across this post. i have been using Truvia and Stevita over the last 2-3 months and have been experiencing headaches - which i never have - and heart tightness. since i've stopped using them and have gone back to regular old sugar, i haven't had any problems. too bad i stocked up and bought several boxes of Stevita.. needless to say, i won't be using them now..
I tried Truvia and broke out in a rash on my chest/neck. I immediately stopped, and the rash went away. Before that, I had used a little bit of Stevia in the Raw and not noticed any reactions. Just recently, I bought another box of Stevia in the Raw and after a few days of using it everyday (I drink tea) and sweetening my curry with it, I have a rash on my chest again. Along with that are symptoms that may or may not be related: tingling face, itching ears and throat, wheezing and feeling like I have to cough but nothing is produced, burning throat, tingling lips and fingers and right side chest pain.
I can't say that everyone should avoid Stevia, but if you're experiencing these symptoms, you're allergic. Don't eat it anymore!
It's sad, because I thought I had found my miracle sweetener. I am on an extremely restricted diet, no animal products, no gluten/wheat or gluten containing products, no HFCS or raw sugars and calorie restriction, so this is a sad day for me.
I too have used the Trader Joe's kind. When I use it I get a dry tickle cough and an itchy rash on my elbows. In past years when I've used it, I had digestive issues and burning eyes and just felt poorly. Over the years I've looked for accounts of similiar reactions but found very few. After reading these stories, and giving Stevia numerous chances, I will definitely never use it again.
I came on board looking to see if anyone else had a reaction to Stevia and there you are!
I too have had the red rash under the arm and along side the body on one side only. With itching pretty much all over the body without the rash. Took me awhile to isolae it to the stevia and it is in a soda called: Zevia. It also has erythritol as well. So it could be the latter.
HOpe this helps.
I tried a number of things on the rash and learned that Vitamin E oil works the best. It's fading rapidly with that.
I suddenly started experiencing severe itching, which would start in one place and then seem to go all over my body. Itchy little pimples, like prickly heat. Then it would subside for a few hours, only to start up again with a vengence.
Then I came across all you folks who had the same results. So I will assume it was the stevia as I had just started to use "Only Sweet" brand. I heard it was more healthy than the liquid saccharin drops that I had been using for years.
I will try it one more time, to test it, even though I am reluctant to go through that again.
Thanks for all the info.
I am new to diet board and I just saw your blogs about adverse reactions to stevia. I had been using the purevia and truvia for a few months (both contain stevia) and I too had an adverse reaction. I developed an ugly rash under my arm pits which spread to the side of my breasts (on both sides). My doctor and I could not figure it out, but since I quit using it no new rashes have appeared. Now, I just have to figure out how to get rid of these ugly black scars it left. I plan on contacting the maker of these products because they need to do more research.
I too developed headaches and general weakness while drinking Tropicana's Trop50.
OH, MY GOSH!!! Each time I used Stevia it would be bitter and make me somewhat queasy in my stomach.
I am on a weight loss program and did not want to go back to sugar, so I used just two packages of Stevia and some splenda in my coffee one day at home and had a few cups of coffee while the handyman was here.
The usual queasy feeling set in, but by the time he left I had horrible bodyaches and chills, also! Because I could not eat or drink, I got dehydrated
and my temp went up to 101.5 degrees. I STOPPED THE STEVIA!
The next day the fever was down, but I still had
nausea, bodyaches and chills.
The following day everything was gone except the nausea. Today is the 4th day and I STILL have nausea, so I called my Dr. requesting medication for the nausea. I first thought it was flu, then thought maybe it was an ulcer, but after reading your story, I am convinced it is the STEVIA!!!
Thank you for your testimony!
Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that I also had headaches and weakness (from not eating) and tenderness in my epigastric region.
I should have known better than to try Stevia. I had a severe reaction to Turmeric capsules (spice) in the
fall and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital because my throat closed off and I could not swallow or breathe.
CAUTION: Just because something is natural does not make it safe!
I hate TRUVIA! i started it and developed a strange rash on my inside thigh --which was itchier than anything I've eve experienced in life. My doctor said it was eczema..than it spread to my legs, arms, bra line, back....all in about 2 months time. I only used four packages for my coffee daily. It suddenly occurred to me that this was the only new thing in my diet. So I stopped it...it took a while for the rash to subside but I also started acupuncture to get rid of it. When it started to really subside --i decided to try the truvia again because I thought it was stress and acupuncture cured me. Within two days--my rash was back with a vengeance. I also had a headache, swollen ankles and pain in my hands. Suffice it to say, i quit Truvia again and am feeling better. Meanwhile, accupuncture has cured my carpal tunnel of 3 years!
Point is ...Truvia sucks.....stay away from it.
Thanks. I have really bad knee joint pain out of nowhere, and now I know where it came from. I didn't link it to an allergy.
No more too good to be true!
It did give me horrible gas. I'm going to start paying more attention to que's like that.
Hi-Had TROP 50 because someone had some at work. Had a larger glass the following day (not realizing it had some "new" sweetner although it had an odd taste) and voila!...awoke the following day with major abdominal pain on my left side and it is intense! It hourts to breath or sneeze. We live in a F'ud up country were this Sh't seems to all be happening with products that you think are approved and monitored by our money grabbing politicians under the guise of the FDA, NHTSA, etc.
This **** is poison and does not belong inside the human body in the quantities that these products contain! I have no scientific proof, but two glasses of OJ should NOT almost incapacitate me for three days and make me wonder whether I am having a heart attack