Does Stevia spike insulin during intermittent fasting?

This is something that’s debatable all over the web. Some are for Stevia, whilst others are completely against it.

Because it’s a plant that’s 300 times sweeter than sugar, it’s regularly used by anyone trying to divert towards a sugar free diet, diabetics or anyone that’s following some kind of a weight loss strategy. Since it’s natural, it doesn’t have the inherent chemical of Splenda – plus Splenda has a higher calorie rating than Stevia. Stevia is known to have zero calories. Of course, that depends on what brand you buy.

It’s a recommended sweetener alternative because it doesn’t trigger insulin – mainly because the ingredients Maltodextrin and dextrin are not included. This is something to be mindful of when you are looking for the best brand to use whilst fasting. Maltodextrin is a sugar that’s made from wheat, potato starch, rice and corn. As you can imagine, it’s highly processed and toxic – especially for those who suffer from gut sensitivities (this kind of sweetener sets me off big time)

Keep in mind that maltodextrin has a high GI index, and causes an instant spike in your blood sugar, which is very dangerous for diabetics, and not what you want when you are fasting.

There doesn’t seem to be much written against Stevia itself unless they are referring to a highly refined, processed variety. I use stevia religiously in my coffee and other baked goods. You must search online or in your supermarket to find the most suitable variety. It will depend on what country you purchase yours in. I get my supplies of Stevia from iHerb, and at the moment, it’s extremely expensive, due to the falling Australian dollar right now.

When it comes to coffee, it’s an acquired taste to have it without a sweetener, although you can train yourself to do this. But since we have the option for Stevia, why not go for it?

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