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Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend

  1. What is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? »
  2. What are the ingredients in Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? »
  3. How is the caloric value of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend calculated? »
  4. Does Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend have carbohydrates (calories)? »
  5. Does Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend impact blood sugar? »
  6. What is the glycemic index of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? »
  7. Will Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend make me gain/lose weight? »
  8. Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend safe for consumption? »
  9. Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend safe for children? »
  10. Will Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend cause tooth decay? »
  11. Does Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? »
  12. Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend gluten-free? »
  13. Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend made with monosodium glutamate or MSG? »
  14. Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend kosher? »
  15. Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend produced in a sustainable manner? »
  16. What forms of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend are available? »
  17. What is the shelf life of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? »
  18. Why is my Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend clumping? »
  19. Can I cook/bake with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? »
  20. Can I bake yeast breads with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? »
  21. Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend a one-to-one replacement for brown sugar? »
  22. How do I replace the volume of sugar in my recipe when using Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? »
  23. Where can I buy Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? »

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend


What is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is a mix of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener (stevia leaf extract, erythritol), sugar and molasses. This product allows you to maintain the sugar-like taste and texture in your favourite recipes with 75% fewer calories from brown sugar. For more information about Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener ingredients, click here.


What are the ingredients in Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is made from erythritol, sugar, stevia leaf extract, and molasses. For more information about Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener ingredients, click here.


How is the caloric value of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend calculated? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is a combination of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener, sugar and molasses. Health Canada has established a set of regulations for disclosing calories on the Nutrition Facts table for consumer food products. These nutrition labeling regulations may be found in Section B.01.401 of Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations. Health Canada’s requirements for calorie disclosure are as follows: less than 5 calories may be expressed as zero if the product meets requirements of “free of energy” claim, or to the nearest multiple of 1 calorie; less than or equal to 50 calories is expressed to the nearest multiple of 5 calories; greater than 50 calories is expressed to the nearest multiple of 10 calories. In the case of ½ tsp Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend (combination of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener, sugar and molasses) the analytical caloric value is less than 5 calories per serving. However, the caloric value is rounded up to 5 calories since Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is not a calorie-free food and consumers expect a caloric value on the label (product is a combination of Truvía® sweetener, sugar and molasses).


Does Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend have carbohydrates (calories)? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend contains 1 gram of sugar (carbohydrate) per ½ teaspoon. This is because it contains sugar and molasses, which both contribute calories. The other ingredients of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend include stevia leaf extract, which does not contain usable carbohydrates, and erythritol, which has a very low digestible energy value of 0.2 calories per gram (unlike sugar, which provides 4 calories per gram). Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend contains erythritol, which has a different absorption and metabolic profile than other sugar alcohols, and as a result, has no effect on blood sugar or insulin. For the purposes of food labeling, erythritol appears on the label as a carbohydrate, but there are virtually no calories in erythritol. However, the amount of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend used in your recipes and the amount of sugar it provides to a serving of your recipe should be considered as you count carbohydrates.


Does Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend impact blood sugar? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend contains 1 gram of sugar per ½ teaspoon. The amount of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend used and the amount of sugar it provides to a serving in your recipe should be considered as you manage your blood sugar. The other ingredients in Truvía® Brown Sugar 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 to no effect on blood sugar. It is important to note that Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend does contain sugar, and other ingredients in the foods to which it is added may also provide additional calories and carbohydrates. People with diabetes need to count these calories and carbohydrates when planning their meals.


What is the glycemic index of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? [Link]

The glycemic index of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend would be similar to that of brown sugar because it contains sugar. However, recipes in which Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend replaces brown sugar may have a lower glycemic load depending on the other ingredients in the recipe and how the recipe is adjusted.


Will Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend make me gain/lose weight? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend contains calories because it contains sugar and molasses. When used to replace sugar in recipes, the recipe will contain fewer calories from sugar. However, Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is not a weight loss or weight gain product.


Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend safe for consumption? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is safe for consumption.


Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend safe for children? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is safe for consumption by adults and children.


Will Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend cause tooth decay? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend contains sugar and molasses. However, recipes made with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend will have less sugar than recipes made with traditional brown sugar.


Does Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? [Link]

No. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is certified Non-GMO by NSF’s True North Program. Visit their site for more information.


Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend gluten-free? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is gluten-free.


Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend made with monosodium glutamate or MSG? [Link]

No. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is MSG-free.


Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend kosher? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is PARVE.


Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend produced in a sustainable manner? [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 http://www.truvia.com/canada/about/cargill for more information.


What forms of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend are available? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is available in a re-sealable 454g package. The bag provides the same amount of sweetness as 4 cups of brown sugar.


What is the shelf life of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? [Link]

The “best by” date is printed on all packages of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend. It is usually found on the back of the package. The shelf life of the product is 18 months from date of manufacture.


Why is my Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend clumping? [Link]

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend may cake if allowed to dry out by exposure to air for extended periods of time. This is also possible for traditional brown sugar so storage in an airtight package is recommended.


Can I cook/bake with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend has been developed for use in most baked goods where sugar provides important functionality beyond sweetness, such as texture, moistness, volume and browning. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend provides 75% fewer calories per serving compared to using traditional brown sugar. 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.


Can I bake yeast breads with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? [Link]

Yes. Breads made with yeast will rise when sweetened with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend.


Is Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend a one-to-one replacement for brown sugar? [Link]

No. It is not a one-to-one replacement for brown sugar. Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend is twice as sweet as brown sugar; therefore you only have to use half as much. Use our Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend conversion chart to achieve the best taste results in your own recipes.


How do I replace the volume of sugar in my recipe when using Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? [Link]

In most recipes, Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend will provide great results simply by replacing all of the brown sugar that is called for with half the amount of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend. You do not need to modify anything else in your recipe. In case your recipe does not turn out as well as you would like, check out the following tips: Include or add baking soda to your baked good recipes (especially cakes and muffins) when replacing brown sugar with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend to increase volume and browning. Generally ¼ to ½ teaspoon will be sufficient. When you replace the brown sugar in your recipe, you also lose bulk. Therefore, your final yield might be slightly less when using Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend. To compensate, you can also use a slightly smaller pan, such as an 8-inch (20-cm) round in place of a 9-inch (23-cm) round when making a layer cake. Replacing all or a portion of the shortening or butter with vegetable oil in recipes, not only reduces saturated fat, but will also increase the volume of cakes and muffins made with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend.


Where can I buy Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend? [Link]

Click here to find where Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend can be purchased.