Okay, so I’m not going to sing the praises of Stevia without sharing with you other voices and opinions regarding Stevia and what it means to the scientific brains of this country. If you do any research whatsoever into Stevia, you’ll see that there’s a lukewarm debate on whether steviol, a breakdown of the two glycosides stevioside and rebaudioside, is a mutagen.
Yes, you read it right, a MUTAGEN. No, not like the Incredible Hulk Gamma Radiation type mutagen, but something that messes with a cell’s DNA, causing it to go cancer. This debate, and the subsequent delay of Stevia in the US market, was the result of a 1985 scientific report. Since then, that report has been debunked for its apparently shoddy scientific workmanship and lack of appropriate scientific method. From what I gather, later experiments using the same process reproduced results that showed that distilled water was mutagenic . Here’s an official report from the National Institute of Health (that’s the Feds) regarding whether or not Stevia is mutagenic. Hint: It’s not mutagenic.
Another finding, one that’s rather more positive, is that Stevia appears to promote insulin sensitivity and may also promote an increase in insulin production. What’s that all mean? Well, it means that Stevia may help reverse or minimize the effects of certain diseases like diabetes. Further research is required as it currently has only been tested on rats and some humans and as we all know, not all rats, like humans, are the same.