The Scoop on Truvía® Natural Sweetener

What is Truvía® sweetener?

Truvía® sweetener is natural, great-tasting sweetness born from the leaves of the stevia plant.

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What is stevia?

Stevia is a member of the chrysanthemum family native to northeastern Paraguay. The plant has been used to sweeten foods and beverages for hundreds of years.

What makes Truvía® sweetener better than other stevia-based sweeteners?

Most stevia-based sweeteners are a mixture of many components of the plant. Truvía® sweetener uses Truvía® stevia leaf extract, which is made from the best tasting part of the stevia leaf.

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What are the ingredients of Truvía® natural sweetener?

Truvía® natural sweetener is made from stevia leaf extract, erythritol and natural flavors. See our About page for more information.

What is erythritol and why does Truvía® contain erythritol?

Erythritol is the largest ingredient in Truvía® natural sweetener by weight, and is used as an ingredient to provide bulk and the sugar-like crystalline appearance and texture for Truvía® natural sweetener. The erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener is produced through a natural fermentation process. Fermentation is the process by which an organism metabolizes or “digests” one or more food sources to produce a desired product. Fermentation occurs naturally in a variety of different foods given the right conditions and is used to produce wine, beer and yogurt. In the case of erythritol, a natural yeast, Moniliella pollinis, digests a simple sugar called dextrose and other nutrients and produces erythritol. After fermentation, the erythritol is filtered and dried into crystals. Erythritol is found naturally in a variety of fruits, such as grapes and pears, as well as in mushrooms, and certain fermented foods such as soy sauce and wine.

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Does Truvía® natural sweetener contain GMO? Is it genetically modified?

No. Truvía® natural sweetener is not GMO, and does not contain any genetically modified ingredients.

There are no known varieties of genetically modified stevia available anywhere in the world. The carrier for the intensely sweet stevia leaf extract is called erythritol. As described above, the erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener is produced by a yeast organism that is found in nature. The yeast ferments or digests dextrose and other nutrients. In other words, dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces meat or milk. The dextrose used as the feedstock for the yeast is a simple sugar that is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Although genetically enhanced corn and non-transgenic corn are grown in the U.S. today, erythritol is not made from corn or dextrose feedstock (just as milk is not made from cattle feed); it is made from the yeast organism. Erythritol is not genetically modified, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.

What are the benefits of natural vs. artificial sweeteners?

It really comes down to taste. Some people simply prefer the taste of natural sweeteners when compared to artificial. Some prefer the origin too. Truvía® natural sweetener is natural and versatile, which is something everyone can enjoy.

Is Truvía® sweetener organic?

No. While Truvía® stevia leaf extract comes from a plant, it is not certified or grown organically at this time.

Can Truvía® natural sweetener be used in cooking and baking?

Absolutely. Browse the recipe section for the latest goodies from our Test Kitchen, as well as a Truvía® conversion chart.

And be sure to give Truvía® Baking Blend a try. It’s a mix of Truvía® natural sweetener and sugar. It bakes and browns like sugar with 75% fewer calories per serving.

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Is Truvía® natural sweetener safe for diabetics to use?

Studies show that consumption of Truvía® natural sweetener has no effect on the glycemic index and is well tolerated by type 2 diabetics. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend contains 1 gram of sugar per ½ teaspoon. Truvía® Baking Blend contains less than 1 gram of sugar per ½ teaspoon.

Is Truvía® sweetener gluten-free?

Yes, Truvía® natural sweetener, Truvía® Baking Blend and Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend are gluten-free.

What are the natural flavors in Truvía® natural sweetener?

Like pepper, salt or any other spice that would be used to heighten the taste of food, natural flavors are used to bring out the best in Truvía® natural sweetener.

Has the FDA approved stevia?

No, the FDA has not approved all stevia. In December 2008, the FDA issued a no-objection letter affirming and supporting the safety of stevia leaf extract, a well-characterized, high-purity ingredient derived from the best tasting part of the stevia leaf. This stevia leaf extract is used in Truvía® natural sweetener and Truvía® Baking Blend.

The action by the FDA only applies to products meeting the specifications of Truvía® stevia leaf extract.

There is a U.S. class action lawsuit filed against Truvía® natural sweetener. What is the lawsuit about and why did we settle?

Cargill was named in a U.S. class action lawsuit claiming that Truvía® natural sweetener consumer products should not be marketed as natural. We always believed this matter to be without merit or substance. We are pleased to have reached an agreement. Putting this behind us enables us to focus all our attention on our products and our consumers. Our Truvía® natural sweetener consumer products are made from natural ingredients and meet all legal and regulatory guidelines.