Saturday, May 17, 2008

What is Truvia?

Today our food is over-processed and contains artificial ingredients and sweeteners. Reading the ingredients labels on most foods in the supermarkets makes me feel illiterate, Dimonowhat? Polyglycolichuh?

Years ago everything contained sugar.  Then saccharin (Sweet'N Low) came into vogue as a "dietetic" alternative to plain cane or beet sugar--remember TaB?  Then, when that was found to cause cancer the big switch was to aspartame, (NutraSweet or Equal).  In 1999 sucralose was introduced to the market and the Splenda symbol appeared on every processed, low calorie food on the market--my husband, until recently used Splenda in his coffee everyday.

So when I heard that Cargill, the company that in March, CondeNast Portfolio listed as one of "The Toxic Ten" (one of the worst corporate polluters in America) and Coca Cola, who has basically put America on an intravenous (IV) line of high fructose corn syrup, were coming out with a new sweetener, you can bet I was a little skeptical.  Like we need another zero-calorie, chemical, no-value sweetener on the market.  

Well, this new sweetener is called Truvia. Truvia is made of rebiana, a sweetener derived from the leaves of stevia plant.  Native to South and Central America, stevia is grown for its sweet leaves.  The stevia extract turns out to be more than 300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia leaves are harvested and dried, and are steeped in fresh water in a process similar to that of making tea. According to Cargill and Coke, Truvia is a natural sweetener. However, what the companies fail to explain is how the steeped leaves then get to the consumer in a bag looking like a table sweetener.  It must be processed in some way, no? So I am not sure how natural Truvia really is.

Cargill and Coke are currently waiting FDA approval to sell stevia as a sweetener. It is currently only allowed to be used as a supplement in the U.S. -- supplements are not regulated by the FDA, and as such are not widely accepted by the public.  Stevia has been used in Japan for over 100 years.

Wanting to know more about Truvia,  I jumped on the opportunity to listened in on a "webinar," (web conference call), with Coke and Cargill last week. The call included Leslie Curry, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Director for Cargill Food and Ingredient Systems, Zanna McFerson, Business Director for Cargill Health & Nutrition and Dr. Rhona Applebaum, Vice President & Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer for The Coca-Cola Company.  These were basically hired cheerleaders for Truvia.  

What did I learn from more than 30 minutes listening in?  Almost nothing.  Coke and Cargill have done safety studies on the use of rebiana.  The companies say that it is safe to eat. I'm dubious.  I do not think that any of these tests look at the actual amounts consumers consume. Coke and Cargill have big commercial hopes for Truvia beyond just liquid crack, I mean Coke. Think ice cream, yogurt, cookies, and more -- all hitting our sweet tooth cravings.  If these wonderful companies have their way, many Americans will be taking in stevia or Truvia in nearly every meal and snack they eat.  That impact of that amount of Truvia on the body can not really be determine without many years of studies.  

To find out more about stevia, I did some digging on the internet. I was curious as to why stevia was banned in the U.S and Europe as a sweetener but Japan has used it for decades. From my research, it appears that stevia is actually a better substitute from the chemical processed sweetners (asparatame and sucralose) on the market today.  More importantly, what I discovered about the politics behind this sugar-substitute was very interesting.  

In the 1980's numerous companies in the U.S were interested in using stevia in their products. In 1991, the FDA banned the importation of stevia for use in foods.  According to numerous papers that I read, this was at the request of NutraSweet (owned by evil Monsanto who brought us Agent Orange, PCBs, genetically engineered seeds, sacchrin, aspartame, nuclear weapons, and human growth hormones in milk cattle).  The power of Monsanto kept stevia out of the country banning it for almost 20 years.  By the way, the FDA ignored published studies on the dangers of aspartame prior to its approval by the agency.  God bless the United States of Corporate America!

Now I do not trust any of these companies, Monsanto, Cargill or Coke, but from what I have read and heard, Truvia may not be all bad. Cargill and Coke are ramping up farming and production of stevia in South America and China. If Truvia is truly a natural zero calorie sweetener then it could become huge. We could see fields of stevia all over the world.  This could be good and bad.  It would bring money to some communities that need it, and it could also wreak environmental havoc due to poor farming practices.  According to the Truvia website, the plant will not be grown organically.  As stated, "While rebiana is natural and comes from a plant, it is not certified or grown organically at this time.  That could happen in the future, depending on consumer demand."  The idea is to have an "all-natural" zero-cal sweetener, and they are not growing it organically?  I don't get it.  Why not do it right from the beginning?  These are two companies that generate billions of dollars of year, and will probably have the exclusive rights to use this "wonder sweetener" and are not going to grow it organically?

Crazy.

Beyond that, this whole thing gets me wondering.  If stevia was blocked from our consumption by Monsanto nearly 20 years ago, and its better for us than chemicals like aspartame and saccharine, then what else has have we been denied for the almighty dollar?

44 comments:

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Anne said...

Hello!Zevia has already come out with a beverage containing stevia. Zevia provides a natural alternative to diet soda. With the growing demand for healthier products, it seems like stevia is a fantastic ingredient to use in producing beverages. Zevia is a small company that is based out of Seattle. Natural Orange, Twist, Cola, and Ginger Root Beer are the four available flavors. A few things that really atttracxted me to Zevia regards the fact that there are no artifical flavors,colors, high fructose corn syrup, or phosphoric acid! Tremendous=) I would highly recommend trying Zevia. I believe a free 6 pack is available all you have to pay for is the shipping and handling http://www.zevia.com. I think it is great stevia is becoming more widely recognized and should be considering the need to supplement the toxic artificial sweeteners. I personally love the cola and would be thrilled to hear how other people feel about it! Give it a try=)

Anonymous said...

Wow...you're getting commercials on your blog...you know you've hit it big.

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Are Truvia and Zevia the same thing?

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TheEpicBeat said...

Thanks for your post...I just saw a commercial for Truvia (as it is now in production) and was trying to find out how "natural" it really is.

Your site was the first I found. Let's hope this is being done repsonsibly.

Sam said...

"then what else has have we been denied for the almighty dollar?"

The use of natural hemp for many, many, many things (rope, clothing, etc). As I'm sure you well know. :)

Thanks for the longer look at Truvia. I knew the things you mentioned here about stevia, but when I saw today that Coke's use of Truvia had been approved, something sounded fishy. But...we'll wait and see. I'll be happier with my family drinking Truvia drinks than most other sweeteners, for sure.

For now.

Anonymous said...

Truvia is the most perfect consumer rip-off in history. That the FDA approved truvia and not stevia is solely to allow Cargill to sell the only sweetener allowed in the bzillions of sweetened products (baked goods, kethup, spaghetti sauce, frozen foods, ice cream, etc). I tried to sell ketchup in the 70's made with honey and was nuked by them. They have perverted the standards of identity 180 degrees from the original regulatory protection of consumers to become a monopolistic profit guarantee. Originally the standard of identity regulations meant that at least n% meat had to be in canned beef stew, n% fruit juice in fruit juice, etc. In the 70's they sued me for making ketchup with honey sucessfully preventing me from calling it honey, although the original standard of identity regulations were to guarantee that you could find more tomatoes than sugar in your ketchup. Now that they have spent countless millions to prevent stevia from being called a sweetener, they slap a brand name on it and stevia can be used in anything, as long as it is CARGILL's stevia. Buying stevia at the health food store will not help - no one can make candy with it, etc. You have to pressure congress to stop this rip-off of consumers and grant of monopolistic rights to Cargill.

auntiejaneforgizmo said...

Cargill’s anti consumer Truvia-in-foods monopoly:

Truvia and Purvia are approved by the FDA as new sweeteners and the “inventors” are simultaneously guaranteed profitable effective monopolies by the FDA of a ‘version’ of a natural sweetener that health conscious consumers have been denied approval of for many years. Worse, Cargill has successfully lobbied the FDA to prevent the use of stevia in the thousands of recipes that producers sell to consumers, so they continue to eat empty or worse calories, except for monopolistic foods from Cargill, Coke, etc.

This is a complete perversion of the FDA and its standards of identities. I remember we got desisted by Cargill from marketing a healthy version of ketchup in the 70’s because they argued that it did NOT contain sugar. Standard of identities are regulations originally intended to assure that there is a decent percentage of tomatoes in ketchup with no more than 20% sugar, beef in beef stew, etc. Cargill won’t make billions selling Truvia packets, but knows that it can still prevent any food from containing stevia, and trumpet it’s unfairly designated “new sugar substitute” in baked goods, desserts, spaghetti sauce, frozen foods, etc. without fair competition.

Stevia is easy to grow, even in poor soil, and much cheaper to harvest than cane juice, so they HAD to supress it through FDA corruption of regulations for GRAS and standard of identities.

Since more enlightened countries like Japan have stevia in as many as 40% of packaged foods consumer outcry has been growing here at being relegated to “herbal” status by agribusiness lobbyists manipulating the FDA, which protects agribusiness, not consumers. In a coup de grace, Cargill and Pepsi did “studies” of an already generally-recognized-as-safe food, and somehow convinced the FDA to call stevia a sweetener, but only if Cargill or Pepsi sell it under “brand” names Truvia or Purvia. This is the single worst perversion of the FDA’s reason for existence I have ever seen.

I grow stevia in my back yard, and throw a few leaves in with my mint leaves for a sweetened mint tea. And yet I and other stevia users will be spammed by agribusiness as promoting a possibly dangerous unregulated substance, which is only a fiction they use to maintain their cleverly won monopoly. If stevia is unsafe, so is tea, lettuce, and any other garden green!

Even if you just used cost benefit analysis and ignored the Cargill/FDA perversion and monopoly, it’s going to cost consumers more with no additional benefit. Why aren’t any bloggers telling this story?

Kate said...

As you found, stevia is completely fine for use and is not a health concern at all. The only reason it is not sold as such in the US is because it is an herb that anybody can grow and sell easily, thus denying the sugar companies and the artificial sweetener companies from making money.
If you look at the product Cargill is selling, it is not stevia- the main ingredient isn't even derived from stevia. Do we want to consume erythritol? If it is such a good sweetening product, why not sell just that and not add the stevia byproduct? Then there is the issue you raised, what do they do to the stevia 'tea' after they soak it in order to get the rebiana and put it in marketable form? If you want to go one step further, what are they soaking the stevia leaf in (I can't find any info on that)?
They very clearly make the statement that using only the rebiana and not the whole stevia leaf is a good thing- but is that true? Sugar cane in its unprocessed form is better for us then white sugar, whole ground wheat is better then white flour and studies have linked a difference between Japan's soy consumption (of the whole bean) to our's (of soy parts in various forms) as to why we may have issues with soy and cancer while Japan does not.
It will take a lot to convince me that all this processing Cargill is doing to the stevia plant makes their product better for me then the stuff I have been buying and using for years (stevia extract and powder).

auntiejaneforgizmo said...

Why is Cargill allowed to advertise that Truvia is the first zero calorie all natual sweetener?
Stevia was around first, and Cargill pretends that Truvia is stevia sometimes (for marketing) and convinced the FDA not to grant stevia status as a sweetener. This allows Cargill a monopoly on a product whose ingredients are certainly not as well known (safe?) as stevia. Even worse, this allows Cargill an uncompetitive (100%) advantage in sweetening the really profitable foods sold packaged everywhere. Why can't our FDA allow uncorrupted use of stevia as in Japan and Europe?

Anonymous said...

The comment in this article is FALSE. Saccharin has been tested for decades and has never caused cancer in humans. It caused cancer in mice that were injected with a huge and abnormal amount. You can be that, as cigarettes, makers of Saccharin would have been sued constantly. Stop spreading the lie. PS., I am one who cannot tolerate Nutra-Sweet. It causes me stomach problems after a few weeks of use. I have used Splenda since it came out and it has been wonderful and a great asset in limiting glucose intake. Not every will have the same benefit or reaction to any product. We are all built somewhat differently. Thanks.

Shannon said...

I used to be the general manager of a healthfood store and can tell you there is an organically grown stevia product avaialble. It is found only in the healthfood channel (not mass market). The brand is KAL and the product is Pure Stevia Organic Extract. The brand has been around since 1932 and launched its first stevia product in 2000. It is a trusted ingredient with a great flavor. The new product launching by Cargill/Coke isn't 100% Stevia, it is a combination product of Stevia and Erythritol which is a polyol. I trust the KAL brand entirely and anything else that comes from Nutraceutical Corporation as they were the first to implement GMP (good manufacturing practices) before the government even thought to require it. Check out the line of Stevia at http://www.nutraceutical.com/about/brands/kal.cfm and then type in "Stevia". You'll find they have liquid, powders, packets as well as their own Stevia/Erythritol blend, Organic Powder and Xylitol products.

Anonymous said...

Coke and Pespi are never going to be good for you - even if they put brussel sprouts in it!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a chemist, so I don't know if it is accurate to describe Truvia as 'all natural', or, if a better description is naturally derived (and chemically modified).

I just took a sip of a "Vitamin Water" they are hawking on the street corner and...the taste is awful. The artifical sweetener flavor dominates.

Very disappointing to read about the politics between big biz and the FDA as it applies to stevia.

Pablo said...

In other words, if Coca-Cola can "copyright," legalize and monopolize marijuana by calling it "Healthamin" (after throwing money at the FDA--just don't call it a bribe), then it'll be a goldmine, and stocks will shoot straight up into the sky!!!

Anyway, on a tangent note, urban legend or not, Coke used to (and maybe still does, in my humble and purely speculative opinion) contain trace amounts of cocaine (and 7-Up had lithium). If there's only one particle of cocaine of out of one million particles of soda, then it probably won't be listed, just like lead in toothpaste--allegedly--and mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)--confirmed.

If the FDA lets corporations get away with selling stuff with lead, mercury and trans fat* in our foods, who do we blame for illnesses and deaths in this country: Businesses (big corporation), government (FDA, SEC), healthcare/insurance (Cigna, AIG, Blue Cross), lawyers, the media (coverups, censorship) or ourselves (denial, lack of education/knowledge)?

*"0 grams per serving" vs. "no trans fat": under FDA regulations, "if the serving contains less than 0.5 gram [of trans fat], the content, when declared, shall be expressed as zero."

This country is so f*&^d up. I don't think I'm gonna have kids and subject them to all the evil in this world.

Anonymous said...

I love stevia and have been using it for years. I did learn early on that it can cause hyperactivity in children if used too much, just like sugar though, verything in moderation....

Anonymous said...

Very good article. I am concerned that now that a big company has geared up to use stevia it magically appears on the shelves. Very scary. I've been buying stevia from natural grocers for years and really like the taste and the health benefits. I agree too that it should be grown organically from the beginning and I wonder if the big corporations plan on any genetic engineering if they haven't already done so. I hate the fact that companies don't have to inform us about genetically engineered food. Thanks for writing this.

Pete said...

Awesome. Nice research and thanks for the input. The corporate angle is of no surprise to me, but to begin by rejecting the organic option before having to make major changes!
We could presume that they'd have to set a precedent for concession on a topic they've refused to concede on for decades now, and also consider making SLIGHTLY LESS PROFIT. The funny thing is that since all these green companies are going to take off like a Halliburton special, they are shooting themselves in the foot (no pun intended)on all the profits there are to be made.
Thanks again!

Dr. Ellen said...

I agree......good blog. I would comment that NOTHING that comes from any of BigAg is going to be nourishing in any way at all, not matter what lies they spin. For them, profit is their highest priority and they will use ANY means to increase theirs and always at the rapidly declining health of anyone who buys their offal. Now Cargill is selling something purported to come from stevia? What a crock. The FDA has been bought by BigPharm and BigAg and continually turns a blind eye to anything these evil entities want to market.

The Anonymous poster who praised Splenda is living in a parallel universe. The way to reduce one's glucose is to stop eating the garbage with glucose in it and/or those products that break down into glucose (grains mostly, especially refined, and any sweetened food). Those who are diabetic can reverse the diabetes simply by eating whole foods, primarily raw, omit grain for a month or two, and get moving. Consult with a REAL doctor who is familiar with Standard Process whole food supplements and the Weston A. Price Foundation. We can't eat what we *think* we want and REALLY get away with it. The insulin that diabetics use adds to the already high insulin levels in their circulation which is trying to handle the high glucose levels that should not be there. The high insulin levels are what damage the arteries with ongoing inflammation. High insulin levels are not in any way, shape, or form, normal for any body. Anonymous, save yourself because the medical, pharmaceutical, and Big food industries are NOT going to save you. You will go blind and lose limbs and still be told that you "have to MANAGE you diabetes". This is simply NOT true. Look further than the lies being told continually on the television, radio, by MDs (mostly because they don't know and don't care to find out), and especially dietitians.

Kristin said...

I own a health food store and have been selling stevia to customers who are diabetic or just want to eliminate sugar from their diet for years. I use it myself and love it. I still have to charge sales tax on it as a supplement because the FDA hasn't approved it as a sweetener. It IS a crock that Cargill can sell it as a food but no one else can! Shannon's comment about the real ingredients is right on...most of what's in Truvia is erythritol, a sugar alcohol that often causes gastric upset. And, there is some disagreement on whether sugar alcohols contain carbohydrates after all. The Atkins company had to revise it's carbohydrate content on products after it was found that the carbohydrates in the sugar alcohols were partially absorbed by the body. Truvia also lists "natural flavors" but fails to mention what these are. I'll bet they're not natural! Dr. Ellen's comments about Dr. Weston Price and his studies were insightful. This stuff is processed, how we don't know, but it's probably not very good for us. Everyone claimed Splenda was safe! You can read about some of it's side effects on Dr. Mercola's website. We're not going to stop big AG but we can continue to support the little guys who are doing it right. As another blogger said, there are organic stevia products out there...stay away from Truvia and buy from small stores like mine who really care about your health.

Cobbs Creek said...

I buy Stevia at Trader Joe's...

Anonymous said...

The FDA And giant corporate america suck! They do not care about anything but profit and their greed will ultimately kill us. We can't stop them as long as we continue to consume their poisoned products. Just shop organically. Frequent you local health food stores and markets. Empower yourself with knowledge!
We have freedom of choice in our country. Choose not to pollute yourself and family and environment with their "poisons". Share your newfound knowledge with everyone you care about. We are growing in numbers - those who care & are concerned & refuse to consume their crap. The ripple effect is real. Take charge of your life and health. Be concious of your choices. Boycott the polluters. (Look up the top 10 offenders) Never take a drug that you aren't completely informed about & be sure that you absolutely need it.Remember that most things are created for profit - not necessity. Live clean - clean food - clean environment - clear conscience. Do unto others as you have done unto you - simple powerful words.

Gary L. said...

Instead of just listening to commercials and just anyone who thinks that anything NOT natural is bad - try doing some real research. Start with trying to learn how to read labels. The first ingredient listed on Truvia is Erythritol which is an excellent sweetner. It is low impact, low carb, and NOT like the other sugar alchohols like maltitol, xylitol, etc.
Stevia by itself tastes yukky - natural or not it is not a great substitute.
I suspect that reason the producers of Truvia obscure the fact that Truvia is mostly Erythritol is because they don't want it to be associated with the other sugar alcholols that cause lots of gas and gastric problems.
Erythritol is a fantastic product which can be bought separately - though not at many places.
I suspect Truvia is a great product also and will try it soon. While Stevia is pretty yukky to my taste - it can act in synergistic way with the erythritol to make it even more effective. Erythritol by itself is only about 60-70 percent as sweet as table sugar while the two sweetners together approach 100%.

Jaleh said...

I have used a variety of alternative sweeteners over the years. I recently switched to using Truvia or Purevia, (they are the same type of product and they both taste the same to me.) I use a lot of sweetener in tea and I had started developing rashes and read an article by a physician on a women's health website about possible endocrine blocking issues with Splenda. After I stopped putting Splenda in my tea, my rashes stopped as well as the hot flashes. I still probably get some in an ocassional diet soda or other product, but my quantity is greatly decreased. I have tried many stevia sweeteners and other natural sweeteners over the years, and Truvia and Purevia are the only ones I've ever liked. I never liked the after taste on all the others. I think this sweetener will do well, I've shared it with friends and family and they liked it and are using it now. The only problem it seems to be getting more expensive and I'm trying to find it cheaper online somewhere. I also hope they will make it organically and since we are trying to switch over to organic products as much as we can (and can afford!)

Anonymous said...

My doctor friends said they did research and their is evidence Truvia causes impotence and infertility.

Victoria said...

I hope you update this page, with Shannon's information. It takes a lot of reading to get to that information, which is the truth.

Josephine said...

I want to post my own experience with stevia (Truvia)20 yrs ago. Diabetes II and Hypoglycemia run in my family.
After losing 43 lbs and keeping it off, I became more & more nutritionly conscious. My blood sugar was reacting to aspartame like it was sugar, producing insulin which in turn would lower my glucose levels to dangerous levels, (as I had not consumed sugar).
I found out about Stevia, sought it out and then tried it out in a cup of black tea.
I will tell you I tried it only once! Yes, it was 300 times sweeter than sugar. But almost immediatly I became dizzy, the world would spin if I turned my head.
I was dizzy for hours. And I never EVER tried it again. I cam liken it to being Extremely drunk!
Fast Forward to NOW. I have spent the last 2 days, My grand-nephews birthday and mothers day in bed, Dizzy.. Im talking to my mom about it. Then I pick up my just finished Breyers yo-crunch to tell her small its become.. and I see the words!! 'SWEETENED NATURALLY WITH TRUVIA" - could it BE?? Sure sounds like the word "stevia". im gonna crawl up the stairs and google it. And thats how I happed on this page. People Beware. Theres a reason no-one has been able to legalize this stuff before. Im a healthy 45 yr old woman, at a healthy weight - if its affecting my vision, its affecting my blood-sugar levels which means its affecting my pancreas and my liver!!

kathy taylor said...

Fascinating. I am so allergic to Splenda, and I've been using Stevia for a long time. I am dubious about Truvia but hoping for the best. Thanks for doing so much research.

Anonymous said...

FYI, I contacted Truvia to find out what the "Natural Flavors" are that they include in their product and they flat out REFUSED to tell me. This was after 3 attempts to find out.

*DO NOT TRUST TRUVIA!*

Anonymous said...

What was also left out is the first ingredient listed on the package is Erythritol. It isn't just Stevia.

Anonymous said...

What was also left out is the first ingredient listed on the package is Erythritol. It isn't just Stevia.

Anonymous said...

The important issue is the safety of the product when used in typical amounts. How natural it is MIGHT be relevant, but only if that means there is a known history of it as a part of the natural food supply. For example, if you can show that goats have been munching on Stevia for a million years, and they seem fine, then that is evidence that the extract of the plant should be okay. I don't think that is the case with Stevia, so they still have to research it. Recall: Aspartame is just two amino acids, and they are certainly natural!

Anonymous said...

Another curiosity: Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, who manufactured Aspartame, and he forced it's approved through FDA via connections in 1983. There were a lot of concerns over the product, but it's all in whom you know, right? That could also have played a role in why stevia wasn't approved in the 80s.

Dave said...

Because this product has been developed by a big company, posters here start seeing red and start jumping to conclusions. Here are the facts:

1) Truvia is a natural product because it is a combination of two natural sweeteners: erythritol and stevia. And yes, erythritrol is natural. It occurs naturally in fruits and fermented foods. It is produced commercially from glucose by fermentation with a specific yeast. And the conversion of stevia tea into crystals is simple evaporation. Why would big business make something as easy as that more complicated and expensive?

2) The very fact that Big Business suddenly wants to replace that HFCS crap with something that is actually good for us (or at least harmless) means WE'RE WINNING! The mass consumer has finally become educated enough to demand healthy foods, and ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and aspartame just don't cut it anymore. Can you say "yay"? Anybody?

3) Yes of course the FDA has become the tool of big business; that became inevitable as soon as Congress gave it the power to stand between our food and our stomachs. Instead of wasting our time becoming livid at the many examples of the FDA abusing its authority, maybe we should just work on cutting of its balls so that it won't have that authority in the first place.

Gosh!

Jaleh said...

Dave, I am one of those people that will say "yay!" I had posted before but I will reiterate that I really like Truvia and Purevia, and was really happy that an alternative was developed to many of the chemical sugar substitutes on the market. I have not had any negative affects from these to my knowledge, and I think they taste a lot better as well. I had been using splenda and then found out it may negatively affect female hormones and so stopped using it (and rashes and hot flashes stopped right after that.)

I read a post on here of someone who had symptoms that seemed like it was affecting their glucose levels from pure stevia years ago and then recently when they tried truvia - that's very interesting because I thought that it was a product that would not affect this. Very interesting.

Anonymous said...

Think you can trust Coke and Pepsi?

Search India, bans Coke and Pepsi and read the reason why!!!!!

What other countries are they doing this too even possibly in America too.

Every wondered why so many people have diabetes, cancer, e.g. . Read the FDA cover up and the millions spent by Coke and Pepsi at dorway.com on Aspartame. Read the history and paper trail how Aspertame got approved and Donald Rumsfield who he worked for before with a favour owed and got on Regan's cabinet. Replaced the FDA director and put his on puppet in to only get the Aspertame approved.

Learn the DeLaney bill, believe it was in 1956. No product that causes cancer in lab rats can be added to products for consumer consumption.

If Coke and Pepsi cared about your health they would be filtering the water to remove the Sodium Flouride. Now , ask yourself why is flouride being added to the water. Short answer. Read why Hitler put flouride in water for the prisoners.

Oh yea, read in australia how the farmers had to use city tap water an how it killed it's cattle and kangaroo's.

Recent breaking news in Texas city's adding Uranimum in the city water along with the flouride.

Did you hear about Bill Gates on his lecture how he wants to rid 1 billion people with eugenics. Who made him God.

You can see the video's on YouTube.

Truvia.. yea right. I will stick to the real thing. Stevia.. taste great in my coffee.

You bet there is a catch on Truvia one form or fashion. People are waking up with the Aspartame poisoning so now there scrambling to replace it with something new.

Have heard about the S.510 food bill? Just follow the money who wanted that bill to get passed.

What about that guy at infowars.com

Anonymous said...

i tried truvia and wound up with CANKER SORE in mouth, bloating w/gas. after internet search discovered others having same problems. quit using truvia and sore went away imediately. doubt? use search engine for adverse effects of TRUVIA. PLEASE take this seniors advice & DO NOT USE. just because the us fda allows items to be sold DOES NOT mean they are free of health problems. FACT MANY items are banned in other Countries.

Anonymous said...

I have yet to read the book, but I flipped through the book "Diabetes Without Drugs" by Suzy Cohen, RPh and I believe she wrote that because of how Truvia is made, if you heat it up, one of the by-products is FORMALDAHYDE!!! But don't take my word for it...get the book. From what little I've read about Truvia, it all looks bad. All you people trying to stay healthy or lose weight should go old school and stop trying to take shortcuts.

Mrs. Soler said...

Hi,
I know this post is almost 3 years old, but it seems Truvia advertising is ramping up now. I am referencing your post and a couple of the especially-appropriate comments posted as well on my blog,
http://healthyeatingquest.blogspot.com/. Thank you for posting! Truth stands the test of time.

Jim Furr said...

Hi All!

Please use "SWEETLEAF" brand if you go this route.

The guy behind it, (James May), has been an advocate for 25 years and basically brought Stevia to the US. "...Angus Flood will pay compliment to the lifetime work of SweetLeaf® Founder James May and his commitment to bringing a natural, zero-calorie, zero-chemical stevia sweetener to the United States."

Quote found here:
http://www.sweetleaf.com/press-releases/299-sweetleafr-leads-stevia-sustainability-initiative

He deserves the credit and his company deserves the patronage.

Jim Furr ><>

Deborah said...

I have used Sun Crystals a brand that has both stevia and sugar in the raw because I just can't get the bitter after taste in stevia to go away. I purchased a jar of Truvia because it seems all the grocery stores in my area are not selling the Sun Crystals any longer. After reading the blog and comments I believe I will return the Turvia to the store and look out of my area for the Sun Crystals or use xylitol which sometimes causes me a little gas but is better than the other alternatives. I also wanted to mention the comment that indicated that "you people" who are looking for or using sweeteners for dieting purposes. Most of us use these as an alternative to sugar because we want less calories in our diets or there are those with diabetes who need the low glycemic index foods. judge not of those who post. monsanto is constantly lobbying every government entity they can. sadly there aren't enough voices such as these to stop them. thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

very interesting article. thanks so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Truvia ingredients are: 20% Stevia and 80% Eritritol , very bad for every body's health.

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