Truvía® FAQ: The Scoop on Truvía® Natural Sweetener

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Truvía® Natural Sweetener


Truvía® Natural Sweetener


What is Truvía® Natural Sweetener made from? [Link]

Truvía® Natural Sweetener in packet and spoonable form contains three ingredients: erythritol, stevia leaf extract and natural flavors.


What is stevia leaf extract? [Link]

Stevia leaf extract is born from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant, which is a member of the chrysanthemum family and is native to South America. Today it is grown primarily in China. To extract the plant’s intense natural sweetness, stevia leaves are harvested and dried. The leaves are then steeped in hot water. The resulting liquid extract is filtered, purified, and dried, resulting in the crystalized stevia leaf extract. Over 200 times sweeter than sugar, stevia leaf extract is the primary sweetening ingredient in Truvía® Natural Sweetener, and only a tiny amount is needed to deliver its clean sweet taste.


Is it true that there’s only a small amount of stevia leaf extract in Truvía® Natural Sweetener? [Link]

Yes. Stevia leaf extract is more than 200 times sweeter than sugar so only a small amount is needed.


Why is Truvía® Natural Sweetener less than 1% stevia? [Link]

Stevia leaf extract is a high intensity sweetener and this means that a tiny bit of stevia leaf extract goes a long way. Erythritol is an ingredient in Truvía® Natural Sweetener used to evenly disperse the intense sweetness of stevia leaf extract. Erythritol is necessary to provide an “even” sweetness level throughout the product. All high intensity sweeteners (stevia leaf extract, sucralose, aspartame, saccharin) that are used in tabletop products are dispersed in a similar way using bulking ingredients like dextrose, erythritol or maltodextrin.


Is Truvía® Natural Sweetener and stevia leaf extract the same thing? [Link]

No. Truvía® is the brand name for the stevia sweetener products commercialized by Cargill. Stevia leaf extract is the common or usual ingredient name for the extract derived from the leaf of the stevia plant. Stevia leaf extract is the primary sweetening ingredient in Truvía® Natural Sweetener.


Truvía® vs. stevia: is Truvía® the same as stevia? [Link]

Stevia leaf extract is a key ingredient in Truvía® Natural Sweetener. The sweet components of the leaf are extracted and purified to create stevia leaf extract. Truvía® Natural Sweetener is a blend of Truvía® stevia leaf extract and other natural ingredients that enhance the flavor and provide the crystalline appearance of Truvía® Natural Sweetener. Each delicious taste contains extract made from the best tasting part of the stevia plant.


What are the natural flavors in Truvía® Natural Sweetener? [Link]

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.


What is erythritol and why does Truvía® Natural Sweetener contain erythritol? [Link]

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.


Is it true that the stevia leaf extract and erythritol in Truvía® Natural Sweetener are highly processed or made with toxic chemicals? [Link]

As with almost all finished food products, the journey from field to table involves some processing. The sweet components of the stevia leaf need to be extracted from the leaf, like vanilla needs to be extracted from vanilla beans. The erythritol in Truvía® Natural Sweetener is made from a natural fermentation process. Like in other finished foods, including sugar, processing aids suitable for use in food are used in the production of both stevia leaf extract and erythritol. These aids help either extract, isolate or purify components of the ingredients. Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, our processing aids are not subject to labeling requirements because they do not have a technical or functional effect in the finished food and because they are either not present or are present at insignificant levels in the finished product.


Why doesn’t Truvía® Natural Sweetener use erythritol sourced directly from fruit? [Link]

Decisions on where we source erythritol from are based on technologies and raw material availability. The erythritol we produce by fermentation is the same as the erythritol found naturally in a variety of fruits, such as grapes and pears.


Will Truvía® Natural Sweetener cause tooth decay? [Link]

Truvía® natura sweetener contains erythritol which has been shown in clinical studies to be tooth friendly and not promote tooth decay. Truvía® Natural Sweetener is a tooth friendly product.


Does Truvía® Natural Sweetener contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? [Link]

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. 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 derived from corn and dextrose feedstock (just as milk is not derived from cattle feed); it is derived from the yeast organism. Erythritol is not genetically modified, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.


Do you use GMO corn to produce the erythritol used in Truvía® Natural Sweetener? [Link]

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. Dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces meat or milk. The dextrose is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Both GM corn and non-GM corn are grown in the U.S. today. Cargill does not segregate the corn used to manufacture the dextrose used in the erythritol process.


Why is Truvía® Natural Sweetener non-GMO if you use GMO corn? [Link]

Erythritol is not made from corn or dextrose (just as milk is not made from cattle feed); erythritol is made from a yeast organism that eats the dextrose for food. Erythritol itself is not derived from a genetically modified source, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.


Is stevia and stevia leaf extract produced in a sustainable way? [Link]

The Truvía® brand is committed to high standards of corporate social responsibility. Commercially, the strategy for stevia leaf extract is underpinned by a series of core principles, which guide our operations. These include operating with sensitivity to the social and environmental impacts of our business. Please visit our sustainability page for more information.


What are the benefits of natural vs. artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes? [Link]

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.


What makes Truvía® Natural Sweetener better than other stevia-based sweeteners and sugar substitutes? [Link]

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


Why does Truvía® Natural Sweetener require food processing? [Link]

As with most foods sold in stores today, some processing is necessary to bring it to a form that is not only high quality and safe, but easier for our consumer to use. Cargill uses only the processing steps necessary to produce a high quality Truvía® Natural Sweetener for your enjoyment.


Is Truvía® Natural Sweetener organic? [Link]

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


Is Truvía® Natural Sweetener safe for diabetics to use? [Link]

Yes. The ingredients in Truvía® Natural Sweetener do not increase blood sugar. Studies conducted with stevia leaf extract and erythritol in people with diabetes have shown that these ingredients have little to no effect on blood sugar.


Is Truvía® Natural Sweetener gluten-free? [Link]

Yes, Truvía® Natural Sweetener is gluten-free.


Is Truvía® Natural Sweetener made with monosodium glutamate or MSG? [Link]

No. The natural flavors in Truvía® Natural Sweetener do not contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).


Is Truvía® Natural Sweetener suitable for vegetarians and vegans? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Natural Sweetener is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.


Is Truvía® Natural Sweetener kosher? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Natural Sweetener is PARVE.


Has the FDA approved stevia? [Link]

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 parts of the stevia leaf.


Can pregnant and nursing women use products with Truvía® stevia leaf extract? [Link]

Pregnant and nursing women can safely use Truvía® stevia leaf extract sweeteners. Safety studies published in the peer reviewed scientific journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, found stevia leaf extract to be safe with no negative effects on general health, reproduction, fertility, growth or development of offspring. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has issued a position that all FDA-approved non-nutritive sweeteners are safe for use during pregnancy (Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrition and lifestyle for a healthy pregnancy. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008; 108:553-561).


Are products with Truvía® stevia leaf extract safe for children? [Link]

Published safety studies have demonstrated that stevia leaf extract had no effects on general health, reproduction, fertility, growth, or development. Stevia leaf extract is generally recognized as safe for use in foods and beverages for use as a general purpose sweetener. This regulatory designation means that stevia leaf extract is generally recognized as safe for use in foods that are commonly consumed by children, such as yogurts, cereals, and beverages.


Are there any known drug interactions with products that use Truvía® stevia leaf extract? [Link]

There are no known interactions between Truvía® Natural Sweetener and any prescription or over the counter medications. There have not been any targeted safety studies to evaluate the potential for interactions.


Are there any medical conditions that should avoid products with Truvía® stevia leaf extract? [Link]

There are no known side effects of Truvía® Natural Sweetener and it is not known to be contraindicated for any medical conditions. Allergies are not common but could occur in sensitive individuals.


Does Truvía® Natural Sweetener have any side effects? Is Truvía® Natural Sweetener safe for consumption? [Link]

Most people do not experience side effects after consuming Truvía®Natural Sweetener - fewer than 1 in 100,000 people report any type of negative effect. Research shows that consuming extremely large amounts of Truvía® sweetener can result in gastrointestinal symptoms, though such doses far exceed expected daily use. Truvía® Natural Sweetener is not associated with any known drug interactions and is safe for pregnant women and people with diabetes. Get more information here. Truvía® Natural Sweetener is safe for consumption, as concluded by rigorous scientific testing. Truvía® Natural Sweetener contains highly purified Truvía® stevia leaf extract and erythritol, both of which are generally recognized as safe.


What is the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for Truvía® Natural Sweetener? [Link]

The ADI (Acceptable Daily Intake) is an estimate of the amount of a food additive that can be safely consumed every day over an entire lifetime without health risk. It typically is calculated from all the available toxicology safety studies. The highest dose in these studies that has been shown to cause no adverse health effects is the starting point. This dose is then divided by at least 100 to determine the ADI. So ADI value does not represent the line between safe and unsafe, but instead includes a very wide added safety factor. For Truvía® stevia leaf extract, the ADI is equivalent to about 12 mg/kg body weight/ day. Even this value is well above the estimated daily consumption based on clinical studies. In those studies, the average estimated daily intake was 1.3 mg/kg bw/day for adults, 1.4 mg/kg bw/day for diabetics, and 2.1 mg/kg bw/day for children. Even heavy users of Truvía® stevia leaf extract products are unlikely to consume an amount near the ADI which would only be reached with 29 sachets or sweetness equivalent to 58 teaspoons of sugar every day for their entire life.


Can Truvía® Natural Sweetener be used in cooking and baking? [Link]

Absolutely. Browse the recipe section for the latest goodies from our test kitchen, and use our Truvía® sweetener conversion charts to achieve the best taste results in your own recipes.


Where can I buy Truvía® Natural Sweetener? [Link]

Click here to find where Truvía® Natural Sweetener can be purchased.


What is the shelf life of Truvía® Natural Sweetener? [Link]

The “best by” date is printed on all packages of Truvía® Natural Sweetener. It is usually found on the bottom of the package. The shelf life of the product is 3 years from date of manufacture.

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