Dietary Information

In light of the growing awareness of the serious health risks related to obesity, including diabetes, sensible eating and improved fitness are increasingly important to many patients.

Truvía® natural sweetener and Truvía® stevia leaf extract, which originate from the best-tasting part of the stevia leaf, provide sweetness with no calories and can play a useful role in a healthy balanced diet.

Weight Management

Overweight and obesity continue to rise and cause significant health problems for many adults and children across the United States.1 Improvements in dietary and physical activity habits across the population are widely promoted solutions to the problem of rising rates of obesity and related disease.2

Zero-calorie sweeteners likeTruvía® natural sweetener can play a useful role as part of a healthy, balanced diet by helping patients control their calorie intake. Zero-calorie sweeteners can also improve compliance with dietary goals as a key ingredient in good-tasting, reduced-calorie foods that patients will accept. As part of a balanced, healthy diet, and combined with regular physical activity, reduced-calorie foods can help patients achieve a healthy weight.

The Benefits of Zero-calorie Sweeteners for Weight Management

Balancing intake of sugars with the inclusion of zero-calorie sweeteners may help to reduce the overall amount of calories consumed3,4,5. This, combined with regular physical activity, is critical for weight control, weight loss and the prevention of weight gain and related co-morbidities. Overweight patients consuming sweet foods are more likely to stick to their diets and the use of zero-calorie sweeteners is particularly useful during the maintenance phase after weight loss, and to help prevent weight regain after successful weight loss6.

In addition, research has shown that the consumption of intense sweeteners does not stimulate the appetite nor result in increased food intake7,8 and does not lead to an increased desire for sweet foods9. So far, alternatives to sugar have included artificial sweeteners which provide sweetness with few or no calories. There is now another option for patients wanting to manage the calories in their diets with new choices of foods from natural plant origin: Truvía® natural sweetener, the zero-calorie sweetener which originates from the best-tasting part of the stevia leaf.

The Benefits of Zero-calorie Sweeteners for Weight Management
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  • 1www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/facts.html
  • 2www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/index.html
  • 3Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report (2010). Appendix E-1, Carbohydrates Question 5. www.cnpp.usda.gov/dgas2010-dgacreport.htm
  • 4Position Paper, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2012): Use of Nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners. JAND. 112:739-758.
  • 5Scientific Statement, American Heart Association/ American Diabetes Association (2012). Nonnutritive sweeteners: current use and health perspectives. Circulation. 126.509-519.
  • 6Rabin A et al (2002). Sucrose compared with artificial sweeteners: different effects on ad libitum food intake and body weight after 10 weeks of supplementation in overweight. Am J Clin Nutr. 76, 721-729.
  • 7Anton SD et al (2010). Effects of stevia, aspartame, and sucrose on food intake, satiety, and postprandial glucose and insulin levels. Appetite. 55(1), 37-43.
  • 8Steinert RE, Frey F, Topfer A, Drew J, Begliner C. (2011). Effects of carbohydrate sugars and artificial sweeteners on appetite and the regulation of gastrointestinal satiety peptides. Br J Nutr. 105, 1320-1328.
  • 9Mahar A & Duizer LM (2007). The effect of frequency of consumption of artificial sweeteners on sweetness liking by women. Journal of Food Science. 72(9), S714-718.

Truvía® Natural Sweetener and Carbohydrates

One of the most frequently asked questions by carb conscious consumers is whether they should count the grams of carbohydrate on the label. The answer is no. Labeling regulations require that all carbohydrates, both usable and non-usable, be listed on the label. Truvía® natural sweetener does not contain usable carbohydrates.

If a patient is closely counting the number of grams of carbohydrates in their diet, they should not count the grams of carbohydrate that appear on the label of the Truvía® natural sweetener sachets and spoonable container. For information on Truvía® Baking Blend and carbohydrates, click here.

The carbohydrate in Truvía® sweetener comes from erythritol: a zero calories sugar alcohol produced by fermentation and found naturally in grapes and pears — that also has zero calories. Erythritol passes through the body without being broken down for calories. As a result, it has no effect on blood sugar. Erythritol is used inTruvía® natural sweetener to evenly disperse stevia leaf extract to achieve uniform sweetness, similar to how dextrose and other suitable ingredients are used for other high intensity sweeteners to evenly disperse the sweetener.

On truvia.com our recipes include total calories, grams carbohydrate, grams erythritol, grams fiber, grams sugar. This practice allows you to subtract the grams of erythritol from the grams of total carbohydrate when you are counting your grams of carbohydrate.

For example, the Tripleberry Soymilk Smoothie lists 22 grams of carbohydrate and 8 grams of erythritol. This means that there are only 14 grams of nutritive or usable carbohydrates per serving. You may notice that the 14 grams of nutritive or usable carbohydrates are coming from sugar (10g/serving) and fiber (4g/serving).

Truvía® Baking Blend and Carbohydrates

Truvía® Baking Blend contains 1 gram of sugar per each 1/2 teaspoon serving which is half of the carbohydrates listed on the label. The other ingredients of Truvía® Baking Blend, stevia leaf extract and erythritol, do not increase blood sugar or contain usable carbohydrates.

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 your patient manages their carbohydrate intake. 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. To help individuals manage their intake of simple sugars and control their calories, many more recipes and suggestions for use are available on our Recipes page.

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Truvía® Natural Sweetener and Diabetes

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 and Diabetes

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.


Truvía® Stevia Leaf Extract side effects on blood glucose levels in people with diabetes

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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Side effect study of Truvía® Stevia Leaf Extract on people with type 2 diabetes

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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Truvía® Natural Sweetener and Diabetes

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 no impact on blood glucose or insulin.


Truvía® Baking Blend and Diabetes

Truvía® Baking Blend contains 1 gram of sugar per 1/2 teaspoon. The amount of Truvía® Baking Blend used in your recipes and the amount of sugar it provides per serving of your recipe should be considered as you manage your blood sugar.

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.


Truvía® Natural Sweetener and Carbohydrates

Truvía® natural sweetener does not contain usable carbohydrates. If you are closely counting the number of grams of carbohydrates in your diet, you should not count the grams of carbohydrate that appear on the label of the Truvía® natural sweetener. The product label declares 3 grams of carbohydrate. This carbohydrate is erythritol (a sugar alcohol) which is used as the carrier for intensely sweet stevia.

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 3 grams of carbohydrate (because of FDA labeling regulations) but a person who is closely monitoring carbohydrate intake should not count these grams of carbohydrate.


Truvía® Sweetener and Pregnancy

Research has shown that Truvía® natural sweetener is safe for expecting or nursing mothers when consumed as part of a healthful diet. For women who consume foods and beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners, talk to your doctor or RD about consuming the necessary calories and nutrients for your baby's growth.


Research Around Truvía® Stevia Leaf Extract

Cargill, maker of Truvía® stevia leaf extract and Truvía® natural sweetener, and The Coca-Cola Company collaborated to develop a high purity rebaudioside A. Before making its stevia leaf extract available to consumers, Cargill commissioned a rigorous set of scientific studies that established the safety of Truvía® stevia leaf extract — The Cargill Stevia Leaf Extract Safety Program.

The overarching objective of Cargill's safety program was to demonstrate the safety of Truvía® stevia leaf extract for consumption by all consumers, in all foods, for all eating occasions in all countries. Bringing together, assessing and documenting the basis for safety of fully characterized stevia leaf extract was a critical milestone in the development of Cargill's calorie-free sweetener, purified from the stevia leaf. It was also transparent. Twelve papers evaluating the safety of Cargill's stevia leaf extract have been published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.

In addition to Cargill's extensive research program, there have been a number of third party expert reviews confirming the safety of Truvía® stevia leaf extract, which include:

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
  • Food Standards Australia/New Zealand (FSANZ)
  • French Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health & Safety (AFFSA)

Regulatory Status

Truvía® tabletop sweetener is approved and available to consumers in the US, Mexico, Europe, and Venezuela.

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Truvía® Natural Sweetener and Carbohydrates

One of the most frequently asked questions by carb conscious consumers is whether they should count the grams of carbohydrate on the label. The answer is no. Labeling regulations require that all carbohydrates, both usable and non-usable, be listed on the label. Truvía® natural sweetener does not contain usable carbohydrates.

If a patient is closely counting the number of grams of carbohydrates in their diet, they should not count the grams of carbohydrate that appear on the label of the Truvía® natural sweetener sachets and spoonable container. For information on Truvía® Baking Blend and carbohydrates, click here.

The carbohydrate in Truvía® sweetener comes from erythritol: a zero calories sugar alcohol produced by fermentation and found naturally in grapes and pears — that also has zero calories. Erythritol passes through the body without being broken down for calories. As a result, it has no effect on blood sugar. Erythritol is used in Truvía® natural sweetener to evenly disperse stevia leaf extract to achieve uniform sweetness, similar to how dextrose and other suitable ingredients are used for other high intensity sweeteners to evenly disperse the sweetener.

On truvia.com our recipes include total calories, grams carbohydrate, grams erythritol, grams fiber, grams sugar. This practice allows you to subtract the grams of erythritol from the grams of total carbohydrate when you are counting your grams of carbohydrate.

For example, the Tripleberry Soymilk Smoothie lists 22 grams of carbohydrate and 8 grams of erythritol. This means that there are only 14 grams of nutritive or usable carbohydrates per serving. You may notice that the 14 grams of nutritive or usable carbohydrates are coming from sugar (10g/serving) and fiber (4g/serving).

Truvía® Baking Blend and Carbohydrates

Truvía® Baking Blend contains 1 gram of sugar per each 1/2 teaspoon serving which is half of the carbohydrates listed on the label. The other ingredients of Truvía® Baking Blend, stevia leaf extract and erythritol, do not increase blood sugar or contain usable carbohydrates.

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 your patient manages their carbohydrate intake. 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. To help individuals manage their intake of simple sugars and control their calories, many more recipes and suggestions for use are available on our Recipes page.

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Truvía® Natural Sweetener and Diabetes

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 and Diabetes

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.


Truvía® Stevia Leaf Extract side effects on blood glucose levels in people with diabetes

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.

Download the Study

Side effect study of Truvía® Stevia Leaf Extract on people with type 2 diabetes

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.

Download the Study

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Truvía® Natural Sweetener and Diabetes

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 no impact on blood glucose or insulin.


Truvía® Baking Blend and Diabetes

Truvía® Baking Blend contains 1 gram of sugar per 1/2 teaspoon. The amount of Truvía® Baking Blend used in your recipes and the amount of sugar it provides per serving of your recipe should be considered as you manage your blood sugar.

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.


Truvía® Natural Sweetener and Carbohydrates

Truvía® natural sweetener does not contain usable carbohydrates. If you are closely counting the number of grams of carbohydrates in your diet, you should not count the grams of carbohydrate that appear on the label of the Truvía® natural sweetener. The product label declares 3 grams of carbohydrate. This carbohydrate is erythritol (a sugar alcohol) which is used as the carrier for intensely sweet stevia.

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 3 grams of carbohydrate (because of FDA labeling regulations) but a person who is closely monitoring carbohydrate intake should not count these grams of carbohydrate.


Truvía® Sweetener and Pregnancy

Research has shown that Truvía® natural sweetener is safe for expecting or nursing mothers when consumed as part of a healthful diet. For women who consume foods and beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners, talk to your doctor or RD about consuming the necessary calories and nutrients for your baby's growth.


Research Around Truvía® Stevia Leaf Extract

Cargill, maker of Truvía® stevia leaf extract and Truvía® natural sweetener, and The Coca-Cola Company collaborated to develop a high purity rebaudioside A. Before making its stevia leaf extract available to consumers, Cargill commissioned a rigorous set of scientific studies that established the safety of Truvía® stevia leaf extract — The Cargill Stevia Leaf Extract Safety Program.

The overarching objective of Cargill's safety program was to demonstrate the safety of Truvía® stevia leaf extract for consumption by all consumers, in all foods, for all eating occasions in all countries. Bringing together, assessing and documenting the basis for safety of fully characterized stevia leaf extract was a critical milestone in the development of Cargill's calorie-free sweetener, purified from the stevia leaf. It was also transparent. Twelve papers evaluating the safety of Cargill's stevia leaf extract have been published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.

In addition to Cargill's extensive research program, there have been a number of third party expert reviews confirming the safety of Truvía® stevia leaf extract, which include:

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
  • Food Standards Australia/New Zealand (FSANZ)
  • French Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health & Safety (AFFSA)

Regulatory Status

Truvía® tabletop sweetener is approved and available to consumers in the US, Mexico, Europe, and Venezuela.

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