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Are Sweeteners PureVia and Truvia Safe?

There's been a lot of talk lately about the natural sweetener stevia. Being calorie-free, it seems like a great alternative to sugar for people trying to lose weight. A few months ago, Coca-Cola announced it would begin using its stevia-derived sweetener Truvia in a few products, prior to being approved by the FDA. Not to be left in the cold, PepsiCo has also created a no-calorie stevia sweetener, PureVia. However, PepsiCo announced that it would be waiting for FDA approval before using its new sweetener. Recently, I saw both Truvia and PureVia on the shelf at my grocery store. Does that mean they're both approved by the FDA now? To find out


Both PureVia and Truvia are made by extracting rebaudioside A (Reb A) from the leaves of the stevia plant. While the FDA has not yet approved the use of whole-leaf stevia or stevia extracts as sweeteners, they have issued a "No Objection Letter" to the use of Reb A, saying that it's "generally safe." If you want to give PureVia or Truvia products a try, it's recommended to do so in moderation. Have you used either of these sweeteners? Tell me what you think of them in the comments section below.

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alan-perry alan-perry 5 years
I just had some Tropicana "red orange" juice". \u00a0The label claims no artificial ingredients, though the familiar bad aftertaste told me otherwise........... \u00a0The sweetener was obviously a "fake" sweetener. \u00a0After a few minutes fesearch, I discovered it contained a stevia derivative. \u00a0First of all, let me say that I'm a slim healthy person, (despite having progressive MS). \u00a0I never write in to sites like this, but it made me so angry! \u00a0Not only to be deceived into thinking I was buying a nice bottle of blood orange juice, but to find that it contained ingredients I wouldn't dream of putting into my body. \u00a0I own some stock in Pepsico and now wonder if I should get rid of it. \u00a0I still enjoy a Pepsi now and then, if its the Mexican version, that still contains real cane sugar. \u00a0 \u00a0This deceptive and misleading labeling has got to stop!
Ken-Bronco Ken-Bronco 5 years
The packets of pure Stevia have been available in bulk for some time. They had a weird aftertaste though. Pure Via doesn't have this aftertaste but the last ingredient listed is "Natural Flavors". My guess is that the "Natural Flavors" is MSG which would hide the aftertaste.
ohsuidgreen ohsuidgreen 5 years
My wife and I recently bought Topicana "Trop 50" brand of orange juice. When I looked at the ingredients, I saw Pur Vie Reb A. I was concerned, because I did not know what this was, but I was reassured by the large print on the front of the container that read "no artificial sweetener." Howvever, when I got home and looked it up on Google, I found that it was the stevia derivative Rebaudioside A, which I did not want. We dumped the orange juice out, because we did not like how it tasted. I felt duped by Tropicana's claim of no artificial sweetener. The word stevia did not appear on the container, or I would not have bought it.
flowerremedy flowerremedy 6 years
The above information is from Essential oils Desk reference book third edition. Complied by Essential Science Publishing.
flowerremedy flowerremedy 6 years
Research indicates that it significantly increases glucose tolerance and inhibits glucose absorption. People who ingest stevia daily often report a decrease in their desire for sweets and fatty foods. It may also improve digestion and gastrointestinal function, sooth upset stomachs, and help speed recovery from minor illnesses. Stevia also inhibits the growth of some bacteria and infectious organisms, including those that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Many individuals using Stevia have reported a lower incidence of colds and flu. Many who have used Stevia as a mouthwash have experienced a significant decrease in gum disease. When topically applied, Stevia softens the skin and smooths out wrinkles while healing various skin blemishes, acne, seborrhea, dermatitis, and eczema. When used on cuts and wounds, Stevia promotes rapid healing without scarring. Valuable to anyone with diabetes and hypoglycemia. Companion product : Blue agave nectar.
DaDominikan DaDominikan 6 years
I saw this question about PureVia and I had to comment. I do not know about its safety, but I personally do like the taste. I bought a bottle of Trop50 and noticed a wierd taste. I said to my girlfriend that this tasted like one of those sugars used for diet drinks. I dislike this taste so I stopped drinking it. I will stick to my regular old Tropicana. EL
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