Is Stevia safe?
If you are allergic to ragweed, daises, marigolds or chrysanthemums, you would be advised to steer clear of using Stevia due to a risk of causing anaphylaxis, which is an allergic reaction so some or all of the chemical compound found in the plant.
Stevia side effects
Some allergy sufferers have reported experiencing dizziness, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, and hives. Experiencing these symptoms after consuming Stevia should be treated as a medical emergency, and the worst-case scenario to a severe allergic reaction towards Stevia could result in heart failure.
Those people blessed with a sensitive stomach or digestive disorders may find using Stevia aggravates their condition, and although most people report mild side effects such as bloating and wind (yes, the farting kind of wind), regular use of this sugar substitute could lead to prolonged symptoms.
If you are taking regular medication, then check with your doctor to make sure there will be no interaction between the chemical compounds found in Stevia and your medication.
Research has shown that stevia may raise the levels of lithium retained in your system, so if you are taking lithium please consider the possible side effects before using Stevia. Some reactions can include aches and pains, muscle numbness, dizziness and balance issues that could affect your safety while walking, and increase the risk of falls and stumbles.
Diabetics taking medication should also be made aware that Stevia can interfere with your blood sugar levels causing a rapid drop in blood sugar.