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Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener

  1. What is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener made from? »
  2. What is Truvía® stevia leaf extract? »
  3. Is it true that there’s only a small amount of stevia leaf extract in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? »
  4. Why is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener less than 1% stevia? »
  5. Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener and stevia leaf extract the same thing? »
  6. Truvía® vs. stevia: is Truvía® the same as stevia? »
  7. What are the natural flavours in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? »
  8. What is erythritol and why does Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener contain erythritol? »
  9. Is it true that the stevia leaf extract and erythritol in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener are highly processed or made with toxic chemicals? »
  10. Why doesn’t Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener use erythritol sourced directly from fruit? »
  11. Will Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener cause tooth decay? »
  12. Does Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? »
  13. Do you use GMO corn to produce the erythritol used in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? »
  14. Why is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener non-GMO if you use GMO corn? »
  15. Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener produced in a sustainable way? »
  16. What are the benefits of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener vs. artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes? »
  17. What makes Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener better than other stevia-based sweeteners and sugar substitutes? »
  18. Why does Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener require food processing? »
  19. Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener organic? »
  20. Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener safe for diabetics to use? »
  21. Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener gluten-free? »
  22. Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener made with monosodium glutamate or MSG? »
  23. Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener suitable for vegetarians and vegans? »
  24. Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener kosher? »
  25. Has Health Canada approved Truvía® stevia leaf extract for use in foods? »
  26. Can pregnant and nursing women use products with Truvía® stevia leaf extract? »
  27. Are products with Truvía® stevia leaf extract safe for children? »
  28. Are there any known drug interactions with products that use Truvía® stevia leaf extract? »
  29. Are there any medical conditions that should avoid products with Truvía® stevia leaf extract? »
  30. Does Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener have any side effects? Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener safe for consumption? »
  31. What is the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? »
  32. Can Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener be used in cooking and baking? »
  33. Where can I buy Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? »
  34. What is the shelf life of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? »

Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener


What is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener made from? [Link]

Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener in packet and spoonable form contains three ingredients: erythritol, stevia leaf extract and natural flavours.


What is Truvía® stevia leaf extract? [Link]

Truvía® stevia leaf extract is the name used to refer to the high purity extract derived from the leaf of the stevia plant used to provide sweetness in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener.


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

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


Why is Truvía® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free Sweetener.


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

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


What are the natural flavours in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? [Link]

Like pepper, salt or any other spice that would be used to heighten the taste of food, natural flavours are used to bring out the best of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener.


What is erythritol and why does Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener contain erythritol? [Link]

Erythritol is the largest ingredient in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener by weight, and is used as an ingredient to provide bulk and the sugar-like crystalline appearance and texture for Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener. The erythritol used in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is produced through a 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 naturally occurring 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® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free Sweetener is made from a 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 Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations, our processing aids are not subject to labeling requirements because they have no 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® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free Sweetener cause tooth decay? [Link]

Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is tooth friendly. Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener contains stevia leaf extract and erythritol, both of which have been shown in clinical studies to be tooth friendly and not cause tooth decay.


Does Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? [Link]

No. Truvía® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free Sweetener? [Link]

The erythritol used in Truvía® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free 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 Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener 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 see https://www.truvia.com/canada/about/cargill for more information.


What are the benefits of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener vs. artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes? [Link]

It really comes down to taste. Some people simply prefer the taste of a sweetener sourced from nature, like Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener, when compared to artificial sweeteners. Some prefer the origin, too. Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is plant-based and versatile, which is something everyone can enjoy.


What makes Truvía® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free Sweetener uses Truvía® stevia leaf extract, which is made from the best tasting parts of the stevia leaf.


Why does Truvía® Calorie-Free 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 consumers to use. Cargill uses only the processing steps necessary to produce a high quality Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener for your enjoyment.


Is Truvía® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free Sweetener safe for diabetics to use? [Link]

Yes. The ingredients in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener do not increase blood sugar levels and is a great alternative for people with diabetes to consider. 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. Studies have also shown that consumption of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener has no effect on the glycemic index.


Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener gluten-free? [Link]

Yes, Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is gluten-free.


Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener made with monosodium glutamate or MSG? [Link]

No. The natural flavours in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener do not contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).


Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener suitable for vegetarians and vegans? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.


Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener kosher? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is PARVE.


Has Health Canada approved Truvía® stevia leaf extract for use in foods? [Link]

Yes. On November 30, 2012, Health Canada issued an official announcement stating that it has included steviol glycosides, more commonly known as stevia leaf extract, in the List of Permitted Sweeteners. This enables the use of Truvía® stevia leaf extract as a tabletop sweetener and sweetener in certain food categories in Canada.


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, have found stevia leaf extract to be safe with no negative effects on general health, reproduction, fertility, growth or development of offspring. The Dietitians of Canada have stated that Health Canada-approved sweeteners, including purified stevia extract, are considered safe for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers (source). Similarly, 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. Steviol glycosides, more commonly referred to as stevia leaf extract, is included in Health Canada's List of Permitted Sweeteners for use as a tabletop sweetener and sweetener in various categories of foods and beverages. This regulatory designation means that stevia leaf extract is 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® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free Sweetener have any side effects? Is Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener safe for consumption? [Link]

Most people do not experience side effects after consuming Truvía® Calorie-Free 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® Calorie-Free Sweetener is not associated with any known drug interactions, is safe for pregnant women, and is a great alternative for people with diabetes to consider. Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener contains highly purified Truvía® stevia leaf extract and erythritol, both of which are included in Health Canada's List of Permitted Sweeteners for use in various categories of foods and beverages.


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

The ADI is an estimate of the amount of a food ingredient that can be safely consumed every day over an entire lifetime without appreciable health risk. It is typically calculated on the basis of long-term (i.e., full life) toxicology safety studies. The highest dose in these studies that have been shown to cause no adverse effects can form the basis for an ADI. This dose is then divided by at least 100 to determine the ADI. So the ADI does not represent the line between safe and unsafe, rather it includes a very large added safety factor. For stevia leaf extract, the ADI is equivalent to about 12 mg/kg body weight/day, which is well above the estimated daily consumption based on expert scientific literature analysis of consumption of sweeteners published in the peer-reviewed journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology [Renwick A. G. (2008) Food and Chemical Toxicology 46:S61-S69]. In this study, 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 of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener (or sweetness equivalent to 58 teaspoons of sugar) every day for their entire life.


Can Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener be used in cooking and baking? [Link]

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


Where can I buy Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? [Link]

Click here to find where Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener can be purchased.


What is the shelf life of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener? [Link]

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