What is the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for Truvía® natural sweetener?
The ADI 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 have 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.