Is Stevia Bad for You? A Nutritionist Gives Us the Honest Truth

Ever heard of an all-natural sweetener called stevia with zero calories that's 100 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar? If you aren't hip to stevia, well, we're here to let you in on the facts. Stevia has been around for ages—we're talking ancient times, when it was used both as a sweetener and an ingredient in medical treatments. People are obviously into getting a calorie-free sugar fix, but there has to be a catch, right?

Turns out, the popular sugar substitute has had its ups and downs with the FDA. In 1991, stevia was banned in the U.S. due to reports that it could cause cancer. Later studies refuted these claims, and soon the FDA and allowed stevia to be imported into the U.S. again. As you can imagine, there's a lot of talk in the eco-friendly and plant-based world on whether or not stevia is truly "all-natural" and, in fact, healthy for you. Is stevia bad for you? We tapped Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN, CLC, of Maya Feller Nutrition to help us investigate.

Ed. note: Be sure to speak with your doctor or a nutritionist before consuming stevia.