Stevia and Chronic Kidney Disease: What You Need to Know!

High blood sugar can make CKD, chronic kidney disease, and blood sugar levels worse. So, sugar substitutes and other artificial sweeteners like Stevia, seem to be the better choice.

We’ll look at what stevia is, why it may be a good choice, and what other options you have available. If you’re managing chronic kidney disease, it is important to know the facts about stevia.

What Is Stevia? Stevia is a natural sweetener. It’s also calorie free and has a low glycemic load. Which makes this plant a perfect sugar substitute.

Is Stevia OK & Safe for CKD Patients? The FDA considers Stevia to be GRAS or generally recognized as safe. The studies found that stevia is an effective sweetener and a good choice for people with diabetes and other health effects.

Does Stevia Cause Kidney Damage? Stevia has not been shown to cause kidney damage. In fact, it has several properties that may have beneficial effects to the kidneys. It may reduce cyst growth in kidney cells.

How Much Stevia Is Safe Per Day? The WHO, World Health Organization, recommends a daily intake of up to 4 mg/kg of body weight. For reference, 1 kilogram is equal to 2.2 pounds. So, if you weigh 200 pounds that would be about 91kg. Therefore, a safe daily intake would be 364mg of steviol glycoside.

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