Truvía® natural sweetener is safe and appropriate for use by people with diabetes. Truvía® stevia leaf extract and erythritol have both been studied in short and long term clinical studies to evaluate safety for use by people with diabetes. Truvía® natural sweetener has little or no effect on blood glucose or insulin.
While the product label declares grams of carbohydrate per serving, this carbohydrate is erythritol (a sugar alcohol) which is used as the carrier for the intensely sweet stevia leaf extract. Erythritol cannot be used by the body to create glucose and it cannot be converted to energy (calories). The body removes erythritol without metabolizing it. Therefore, the product label lists grams of carbohydrate for erythritol because FDA labeling regulations require it, but a person who is closely monitoring carbohydrate intake should not count these grams of carbohydrate.
Truvía® Baking Blend contains 1 gram of sugar per 1/2 teaspoon. The amount of Truvía® Baking Blend used in your patient's recipes and the amount of sugar it provides to a serving of their recipe should be considered as they manage their blood sugar. For example, a cup of sugar has about 190 grams of usable carbohydrate. An equal amount of sweetness from Truvía® Baking Blend (1/2 cup) contains about 47 grams of sugar or usable carbohydrate.
The other ingredients of Truvía® Baking Blend, stevia leaf extract and erythritol, do not increase blood sugar. Studies conducted with stevia leaf extract and erythritol in people with diabetes have shown that these ingredients have little or no effect on blood sugar.
Purified stevia does not have any immediate effects on blood sugar (glucose) or insulin in people with diabetes in doses as high as 1000mg, or the amount contained in 35 packets of Truvía® natural sweetener. There was no difference in side effects reported by those consuming Truvía® stevia leaf extract as compared to those consuming the placebo. This study was conducted with Truvía® stevia leaf extract and was presented to the public at a scientific meeting in April 2009.
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Chronic consumption of purified stevia leaf extract had no effects on blood sugar (glucose), insulin, hemoglobin A1c, blood lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides in a subjects with type 2 diabetes in a randomized, masked study. This study followed 122 subjects consuming 1000mg of stevia leaf extract (amount contained in 35 packets of Truvía® natural sweetener) or placebo every day for 4 months. There were no differences in side effects reported by those consuming stevia leaf extract as compared to those consuming the placebo. The study was conducted with Truvía® stevia leaf extract.
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