Beware Of Truvia

In 2009 the US FDA approved two versions of a new sweetener developed for Coca-Cola and Pepsi, Truvia and PureVia, both of which use rebiana—an extract from the South American plant Stevia. Truvia has just hit the market in Great Britain supported by gigantic public relations celebrations that would do an aspiring politician proud.

Stevia, in its natural state, is the best no-calorie health-supporting natural sweetener on the planet. Here is what you should know: 1. Truvia is NOT Stevia. 2. I advise that you avoid it. Like every plant which has long been used as a food source, Stevia is a complex of synergistic substances and compounds including numerous steviosides, rebaudiosides, and glycosides. It is this synergistic power that creates its unique benefits including its anti-oxidant properties.

When the FDA declared that these two manufactured zero-calorie sweeteners were “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) it referred only to a couple of the active ingredients taken from Stevia that had been used in manufacturing including rebaudioside A—a component which imparts to the natural Stevia plant some of its sweet taste. What takes place when you extract only one or two of a plant’s parts and throw away the rest? Does the product you make out of this affect your body the same way as the natural plant? Virtually never. In The Toxicology of Rebaudioside A: A Review, researchers at UCLA report that a living organism metabolizes stevioside compounds and rebaudioside A at different rates. This makes it impossible to assess the potential risks to the body. Click Here to view the Toxicology of Rebaudioside from the University of California The company behind the development of both Truvia and PureVia is Cargill. Cargill is one of the most notorious corporate polluters in America (which Conde Nast Portfolio listed as one of the “Toxic Ten.”) Coke and Cargill have conducted their own ‘research’ into the safety of Truvia on which the FDA gave them the go ahead to sell the sweetener. However, no genuinely independent studies have been done to affirm the safety of the product. And as even the Truvia website itself states: “While rebiana is natural and comes from a plant, it is not certified or grown organically at this time. That could happen in the future, depending on consumer demand.” How absurd. How can you claim to have invented an “all-natural” zero-cal sweetener that is not only not organically grown but which no genuinely independent studies have shown to be safe to use over time?

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7 Comments

  • Toni Weston June 23, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Hi.
    What is your opinion of Xylitol? they say it hardly alters blood sugar levels at all.
    What is your advice.
    Cheers Toni

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    • Leslie Kenton June 24, 2012 at 3:10 am

      Dear Toni,
      Thank you for your question. I have had a lot of people ask about Xylitol so I have created a new post that you can find by clicking here: Xylitol – Good Or Bad?
      Best Wishes

      Leslie

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    • Eiyka October 11, 2012 at 4:32 am

      We made the carrot cake last night, each ate a piece in the eveinng. I personally did not have much experience with carrot cake previously, but my husband has, so he was the bakery chef and I helped. It was fun working in the kitchen together on a recipe we were trying for the first time. We have been eating wheat free, gluten free, low carb for about a month. This is not a fad diet for us; this is a change in mindset, habits, expectations, as well as ingredients. We discarded all products with wheat the first week. I personally was feeling better by the second week. I had already begun weaning myself off blood pressure meds when I began the wheat free regimen. My blood pressure is actually getting better now and I am on half dose. Thanks for posting the great recipe. We look forward to any and all suggestions and recipes.

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    • azoutlook June 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      I am so happy I found your site. I’m really upset after having days
      of intestional trauma related to Truvia. I used Truvia for 3 days and
      Im very in-tune with my body so I prayed and analyzed and realized
      it began right after I used this product in my coffee. 5 min later I
      had horrible burning in my organs and muscle twitching on their
      own….yikes. My organs were so inflamed. I didn’t realize for 3 days
      what it was.
      I have stopped using this poison but my internal being is irritated and
      reactionary but I’m getting better.

      What about all those unfortunate people who are using this product plus
      they are already a diabetic with challenges and now they will get sick
      from using this poison.

      I hope this review gets noticed by the world.

      I’m really upset.

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  • susan mc April 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I have read your comments several times and also compared ingredients between the the Stevia product promoted at the bottom of your article on Xylitol, Stevita, and Truvia, which I have been using as part of a successful diet programme since last summer.

    I cannot see what you base your bold warning on.

    Can you tell me please what is the actual difference between Stevita and Truvia, without any bias towards the moral values of the companies who manufacture these products, which is a separate issue and of course of concern to all consumers.

    Surely, partial extracts of all sorts of plant material is included on our diet daily?

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  • azoutlook June 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    XYLITOL
    I have used Xylitol….not happy with this product but it does what it is supposed
    to do. It gave me bad diarrhea so I quit using it but I did like the taste.

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  • Leslie Kenton June 27, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Dear azoutlook…thanks for your experience about xylitol. I don’t use it either my friend. For more information about why click on this link where I have written about it… Warmest wishes… Leslie

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