March 4, 2013
Stevia rebaundiana is an herb which originates from the subtropical and tropical regions of South and Central America. According to the book of Natalia Rose called “Detox for Women”, it is about three hundred times sweeter when compared to sugar. Indeed, a little goes a long way. It is frequently used all throughout Japan as a sweetener. The author noted that it is also used as a dietary supplement for the treatment of high levels of blood glucose. Moreover, it is used to alleviate high blood pressure. According to MayoClinic.com, stevia was first available only as a dietary supplement before its approval as a food additive.
According to the book of Jacob Teitelbaum and Chrystle Fiedler called “Beat Sugar Addiction”, truvia hit the marketplace after the approval from the Food and Drug Administration of America in December 2008. Also, truvia has sugar alcohol erythritol which provides about three grams of carbohydrates in every packet serving. This is according to the manufacturers of Cargill and Coca-Cola. The natural flavors of Truvia may be compared to salt, other spices or pepper. The manufacturers note that these can intensify the taste of the dishes. Unlike the whole-leaf stevia, truvia only has rebiana which happens to be the sweetest portion.
Truvia or TM is the abbreviation of Rebaudioside A. This is one of the numerous sweet-tasting compounds present in Stevia. Rebaudioside A contains the least bitter after-taste of all compounds present in natural Stevia. It is for this reason that the Coca Cola Company made sure to obtain an approval from FDA. Such move was done due to the mounting consumer pressure to eliminate aspartame from their products.
How Safe is Stevia
MayoClinic.com warned that the whole-leaf stevia does not have the approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. It can even be dangerous. One concern is the effect of the whole-leaf stevia or extracts of crude stevia on the functions of the kidneys, cardiovascular and reproductive organs as well as the control of the glucose levels.
How Safe is Truvia
Generally, the FDA recognizes the stevia-derived rebiana compound present in Truvia as safe. It is even considered to be Generally Recognized As Safe or GRAS. But it is possible that you will suffer from digestive disruptions if you are sensitive to sugar alternatives. This is due to the presence of sugar alcohol erythritol. The effects are hard stools, diarrhea, gas, bloating and constipation.
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