Is stevia healthy?
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Ask the Dietitian: Is Stevia Healthy

Stevia is a popular alternative sweetener, but is stevia healthy? A Kroger dietitian weighs in.

By Molly Hembree, R.D., L.D.

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I’m trying to cut back on sugar consumption. I see a lot of products that say “no sugar,” but they list stevia as an ingredient. Is stevia healthy?


Kudos to you on dialing back on added sugars! Professional health organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics have identified added sugars as a top public health concern in our eating patterns. Specifically, the AHA recommends women consume no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day and men no more than 36 grams.

Stevia is a “nonnutritive” sweetener, meaning it offers little to no calories or sugar. Stevia is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA and is safe to consume in the amounts present in many of our favorite treats and sweet-tasting beverages. Stevia is a terrific option to sweeten a morning brew or use in a favorite baked good recipe.


A registered dietitian with Kroger, Molly provides private nutrition-counseling services, and has been a public speaker, radio talk-show guest, blog author and TV news presenter for Kroger. She enjoys helping customers simplify the confusing world of nutrition labels, dietary intolerances, weight management and plant-based nutrition.

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