The sweetest way to slay metabolic syndrome

High blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess belly fat and high cholesterol are incredibly common.

They’re so common that you may not even bat an eye if you or your spouse deals with a few of these conditions. Who doesn’t nowadays?

Even worse, you may not realize that when you have three or more of these conditions together, they become a dangerous “syndrome” known as metabolic syndrome. About 30 percent of adults in the U.S. have this syndrome.

And don’t fool yourself into thinking that just because metabolic syndrome is considered a “syndrome” and not a “disease” it’s no big deal. It’s a very big deal. It puts you at a higher risk for serious health issues like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

So now that we’ve established the seriousness of the situation, the question is… what can you do about it?

Well, whether you’re already dealing with metabolic syndrome or you’re on the verge of developing it, the future of your health largely depends on what you’re eating… and what you’re not…

Sugar, for example, is enemy number one in the fight against metabolic syndrome.

If you can cut (or drastically reduce) sugar from your diet, you’ll tame the high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess belly fat and high cholesterol that are putting you in danger of developing metabolic syndrome and possibly other serious diseases.

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Stevia solves your metabolic problems

Researchers from the Autonomous University of Yucatan and the National Institute for Forest, Agronomic, and Livestock Research in Mexico found that the natural, calorie-free sweetener stevia could help prevent metabolic syndrome.

In their study, these researchers gave lab rats stevia in place of sugar for 10 days. This helped the rats reduce their calorie intake and lose weight.

Researchers also closely examined several components of the stevia plant and determined that these compounds have the potential to fight and treat obesity, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) — all conditions associated with metabolic syndrome.

On top of all that, researchers noted that stevia contains healthy phytochemicals like phenols and flavonoids, which are helpful in burning fat and fighting inflammation.

Previous studies have proven that stevia helps control blood sugar in people. And a study that came out earlier this year helped explain why…

In this study, researchers from the University of Leuven, Belgium found that two active compounds in stevia, stevioside and steviol, impact an ion channel (a microscopic pathway in your cells) that ensures your pancreas releases enough insulin after every meal. In fact, researchers found that mice who ate an unhealthy diet never developed diabetes as long as they were also consuming stevioside.

(Updated March 2023: Because many stevia (and monkfruit) products contain erythritol for bulk, please read about the connection between erythritol and cardiovascular concerns. If using stevia, look for 100% pure stevia containing no fillers.)

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine,, and