"Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease."

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More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

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Thyroid Health – Why Stevia and Xylitol Sweeteners Are Okay


Thyroid health is compromised by sweeteners: sugars, fructose and honey (even though it should be good for us), organic maple syrup, molasses, date sugar, brown rice syrup and Agave to name a few. Sugar affects our brain health by raising the blood sugar too fast, and then dropping it too low, causing brain fog, depression and other problems, especially if you also have hypoglycemia, which isone of the many symptoms of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease.


Artificial, man-made sweeteners, like aspartame, saccharin and high fructose corn syrup, to name just a few, affect our immune system and alter our cellular make up and receptors so that our bodies cannot function or metabolize food correctly.

Increasingly, people may look “obese”, but by eating so much food with high fructose corn syrup – that is addictive to the body which just wants more – and other artifical sweeteners, they are actually starving to death.

1. “SUGAR-FREE”: They are man-made chemicals or natural compounds that replace the sweetness of sugar, without all of the calories. Recent studies that have shown that artificial sweeteners can actually increase your appetite.

2. Aspartame: camoflaged by many namesNutraSweet, Equal, NatraSweet, Canderel, Spoonfuls, DiabetiSweet and the new “healthy rebranded name” AminoSweet – is a common chemical sweetener with possible side effects that sound like they’re out of a horror movie. From hallucinations to seizures to brain tumors, migraines, loss of speech, depression and cancer, it is hardly worth consuming for the sake of saved calories. It is pervasive and is an ingredient of approximately 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide. 

Some of the side effects that have been claimed of aspartame include: Convulsions, vision problems, headache, vomiting, nausea, joint aches and pain.

3. Sucralose, or “Splenda”: … is scary. Recent research suggests that Splenda can enlarge both the liver and kidneys and shrink the thymus glands. Sucralose breaks down into small amounts of dichlorofructose, which has not been tested adequately tested in humans.

Splenda reportedly can cause skin rashes, panic, diarrhea, headaches, bladder issues, stomach pain, and those side effects don’t even sum it up.

Most artificial sweeteners on store shelves are accompanied by numerous side-effect stories. Some recent studies suggest they cause cancer.




Stevia is one of a family of plants that are native to South America and have been used for centuries to sweeten drinks and foods. Stevia leaves are said to be from 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar though the amount of sweetness varies from leaf to leaf and plant to plant. It is touted as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners.

To date, chemical analysis and studies show that the leaf adds no calories, has no harmful side effects and is more palatable with less aftertaste than any artificial, chemical sweetener to date. Stevia has been in wide use in South America for centuries, and in Japan since the government banned the use of artificial sweeteners.

To date, no harmful side effects have come to light, making stevia one of the most promising sugar alternatives available. Stevoside, made from stevia, is approved as a food additive in Korea, and is widely available throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia. In China, tea made from stevia leaves are touted as anti-aging and weight reduction aids.

You can grow your own stevia plant anywhere! I have friends that do every summer. http://www.stevia.com/Stevia_article/Growing_Your_Own_Stevia/8077 

With its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.


Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a naturally occurring sugar substitute. It is found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms, as well as fibrous material such as corn husks and sugar cane bagasse, and birch. Xylitol is roughly as sweet as sucrose with only two-thirds the food energy.

Xylitol Benefits: http://www.xlear.com/about-xylitol.aspx



There are many choices on your health food grocery shelf, and even in the general grocery stores more and more.

It comes in boxes in a  white powder, in individual packets to carry with you, in little tablets and in liguid dropper bottles, plain or flavored.

SweetLeaf:  http://www.stevia.com/

NuStevia – the one I use the most:  https://nunaturals.com/product/122

Xylitol – I use the gum and mints from Xylitol too, nice having something!: http://www.myxylitol.com/vmchk.html

Have a sweet day!

12 comments to Thyroid Health – Why Stevia and Xylitol Sweeteners Are Okay

  • Jarvis Slemp

    Stevia is actually a great sweets subsitute. It should not result in tooth decay and best of all, it can not lead to unhealthy weight and diabetic issues.

  • IbanezGirl

    I have thyroid nodules and may be hypo. I have intense sugar cravings. Effexor XR for my depression ruined my life. I thought I had MS, but thank God NO! However, my thyroid is shot.

  • Magen Worden

    How to lower blood sugar without medications is the beginning of a new way of living. Most diet programs available today could be adapted to keeping your blood sugar in control. However, you must plan your calorie intake each day to match what your caregiver has prescribed for you whether it is 1200 calories or even 2000 calories depending on your body size, gender and activity level.

    Planning is necessary to successfully control blood sugar while becoming healthy from what you eat. The first step is to plan your schedule for Meals. Optimal results are obtained by eating: Breakfast, a mid-morning snack, Lunch, an afternoon snack, Dinner and a “just before bedtime snack”. In other words 6 “meals” each day.

    • kim

      Yes, blood sugar regulation is paramount in our healing our thyroid condition.

      And, yes, 6 meals a day to keep blood sugar even and not spiking is the key.

  • Leslie

    The bleached Stevia at the supermarket contains maltodextrin. Not sure about all of you, but Xylitol gives me the poops something fierce.

  • Rene Pelkey

    Is dark muscovado sugar okay to use, I have Hashimoto’s disease

  • Lynn

    I too have thyroid disease along with a multi-nodule goiter.
    With the possibility of cancer in the goiter.

    Sugar feeds cancer and even honey will cause my
    goiter to become enlarged. However, I seem to be able
    to use xylitol and stevia. I just make sure they are pure
    and don’t have additives.

    Going strictly gluten free, reading labels and avoiding
    things even processed in the same facility as wheat,
    as well as avoiding oats that do the same gut damage
    as wheat in some people has helped me tremendously.

    Going gluten free is actually healing my Hashimoto’s which
    has surprised the doctors because they say it is
    incurable. I used to have a multi-nodule goiter on
    both lobes of my thyroid. Now the left side is text book
    normal and the goiter on the right,which was over 6 cm,
    is shrinking.

  • Thanks for this very informative Weill needed information. I, too, have Hashimoto’s Tyroiditis, and, at the moment, despite the fact that I am on thyroid supplements, Stevia did a real number on my thyroid.

    • kim

      Stevia has worked fine for me… every body is different of course.

      Are you seeing a thyroid trained practitioner? If not, go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the lists.

      If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email easily. He can start to work of your current lab tests to read them correctly for your condition and move directly into your thyroid health needs.

      DIET:You also need to eat a Thyroid Health Rebuilding “Reset” Diet.

      DIET: The diet is in my manual, see more here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/ You can buy it and refine your diet immediately. Your doctors are not trained in this so are not telling you what to do.

      My good thoughts for your best health are with you,


  • sierra

    I was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos. I also have systemic Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I am looking into big changes to my diet to help aleviate symptoms. I have terrible sweets cravings. safe to say lately I’m a sugaraholic. the longer I go without sugar the worse it seems to be. I stopped soda and was down to 3 tsp of sugar in my morning coffee. today i caved and had a pepsi. what Id like to know is what about other types of sweeteners like Agave? I have 2 kids still at home and 2 grandchildren and holidays esp. are big baking times. cookies,candies,cakes,pies. I have tried stevia and it leaves a very unpleasant taste in my mouth much like aspartame. does it do this when used in baking? how can I treat myself so I don’t feel totally deprived but not undo any good i do with the new diet(paleo)? thanks for any help.

    • kim

      Hi Sierra,
      I know it’s so much harder to stay sugar free with kids and holidays and parties, etc.
      Some thoughts,

      1) try different Stevia’s. I don’t care for all of them, but some are just right. And, I’ve also been 99% strict with the thyroid diet since mid-2010 and I’m used to the difference in flavors too now. Make sure that your NOT using aspartame in anything, for you or your family! Agave tends to surge bloodsugar, it’s not all that great. Stevia can work well in baking, it’s that personal taste thing.

      2) find natural foods that will help your sweet tooth quiet down. fruit of course. A lot of it has to do with the physical/mental addiction to sugar. If you cold turkey it all for a few weeks you really can get to the point where you don’t crave it. check your paleo diet books/online too and see what they offer, they might have some fun ideas.

      If you’re not feeling better in a few more months you really do need to follow the thyroid health diet as outlined in my manual, or talk to a thyroid trained practitioner and have them work with you.

      The numerous checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, food log, etc. in the manual are a great help and keeps one honest to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      And, see a THYROID TRAINED PRACTITIONER who can give you the correct tests and prescribe the right supplements which they’ll recommend that will be the best for you.
      You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you from the lists, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained, #1 on the list. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly immediately.

      Check with Dr. Allomong also about the diet, 99% of mine will be correct, but your daughter may need some other additions due to her age.

      My good thoughts to you for your best health,


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