Is it true that using stevia to sweeten beverages like tea and coffee makes it more healthy when compared to using table sugar, honey,

Is it true that using stevia to sweeten beverages like tea and coffee makes it more healthy when compared to using table sugar, honey, or maple syrup as a sweetener?

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  1. No, because there is no measurement of healthiness of a single ingredient. What is better with stevia is that it contains fewer calories than sugar.

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  2. The jury’s out on stevia. Some studies have shown that it contributes to insulin resistance, while according to other studies, its effects are benign. We don’t know for certain.
    It’s definitely more healthy than table sugar and honey. Maple syrup is less of a problem because it contains little fructose.
    But as a precaution, until more is known, I gave up all sweeteners, including stevia. Once you lose your taste for sugar, I think you’ll find you don’t need it at all.

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  3. Maybe? The effect of individual ingredients on health is really difficult to determine. Genetics, activity levels, other dietary habits, and the environment we live in all play a factor. Observationally, it would seem to me that diet Coke causes obesity because I see many obese middle aged women drinking it at our local mall. On the other hand, Monster must be very healthy because all the skinny kids at the local skateboarding park seem to be drinking (both pre covid observations). Neither may be true. It is considered unethical to actually experiment on people (for good reason), so a lot of the evidence is based upon observational and self reported data. The above factors plus the issue that many people either misjudge or outright lie about their behaviors make analysis difficult. There are also psychological factors – does eating foods with alternative sweeteners dispose people towards sweeter foods, or fool them into thinking that because they replaced their sugar with stevia in their morning coffee that they can eat a cinnamon bun vs unsweetened Greek yogurt? Here are a few things we know – added sugar (in all its forms, whether honey, HFCS, or table sugar) is bad for you. Aspartame or Stevia do not initiate a preemptive insulin spike. Does stevia or some of the other alternate sweeteners effect gut bacteria and insulin resistance? Not enough evidence. The safest route is to eliminate extra sweeteners (several years ago I stopped sweetening coffee, went black – it took a few months to get used to, but I no longer miss it). If you cannot bear to drink unsweetened coffee or tea, use Stevia (at least it is naturally occurring, although heavily processed and refined). Maybe over the long term is has side effects, but we know for sure that sugar does.

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