Truvía® Safety Research and Reports

Any natural product that has been around for hundreds of years and has the interest of scientists at universities around the world will have decades of research behind it. Stevia is backed by volumes of independent research and reviewed by scientific experts from around the world. These professionals, as well as reputable government administrations such as the FDA have reviewed the side effects of stevia leaf extract as a Truvía® ingredient, and shared findings that support its safety. Global regulatory approvals have been possible because of the rich history of global safety studies and also some modern research.

Truvía®: Erythritol Information & Facts

Erythritol, the main ingredient in Truvía® Natural Sweetener, is a natural, non-caloric bulking agent and sweetener produced by fermentation. It is found naturally in small amounts in several fruits such as pears, melons, and grapes as well as fermented foods such as wine and cheese.

It is used as an ingredient to provide bulk and a sugar-like crystalline appearance for Truvía® Natural Sweetener. Since stevia leaf extract is a high-intensity sweetener, only extremely small quantities are required to provide sweetness similar to sugar. Erythritol is used to add bulk so that Truvía® Natural Sweetener is easy for consumers to use. In addition, the ingredient erythritol does not promote tooth decay.

Is erythritol a safe ingredient in Truvía® Natural Sweetener?

Yes. Erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol that is found naturally in certain foods – it is not an artificial sweetener. In 2001, the FDA awarded erythritol a “no objection letter” as an ingredient in food and drinks, with additional uses determined as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe). Erythritol is not as sweet as sucrose and was carefully chosen as an ingredient in Truvía® Natural Sweetener to balance the intensely sweet flavor of stevia leaf extract and provide a sugar-like texture. Unlike regular table sugar, erythritol is suitable for daily use by diabetics, since it does not increase blood sugar or cause the release of insulin. Like other Truvía® stevia leaf extract, erythritol is naturally calorie free. Learn more about erythritol’s safety and uses. »

Are there any side effects to erythritol?

Erythritol produces almost no side effects unless consumed at very high doses on an empty stomach, in which case it may cause slight gastrointestinal discomfort. Erythritol is non-cariogenic and has the highest digestive tolerance compared to other polyol sweeteners. In one study comparing erythritol to sorbitol, a commonly used sugar alcohol, it took 4 times the amount of erythritol to generate looser stools. Since consumption of Truvía® Natural Sweetener is typically in small amounts with food throughout the day, it will not result in gastrointestinal side effects for most people. Learn more about Truvia® side effects and gastrointestinal symptoms. »

Erythritol is different from other sugar alcohols in two ways:

Erythritol is not broken down by the body, so it cannot provide calories or affect blood sugar. Other sugar alcohols can be broken down by the body to varying degrees. This means that the body can use them for calories. Erythritol is different because it provides zero calories and has zero net carbs.

Erythritol has excellent gastrointestinal tolerance. While other sugar alcohols are sometimes associated with laxative side effects such as diarrhea or loose stools, erythritol is handled by the body differently. This is because most of the erythritol consumed (up to 90%) is absorbed from the small intestine. Once it is absorbed, it is no longer available for laxative effects in the lower digestive tract.


Dental Information

A study, presented at the International Association for Dental Research General Sessions of July 2010, reports that Truvía® stevia leaf extract, the calorie-free sweetener purified from the leaf of the stevia plant in an aqueous solution, does not lower dental plaque pH.

The study also reported stevia leaf extract is less acidogenic than sucrose (saccharose) solutions and comparable to the currently marketed non-sugar sweetener, sucralose12.

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Erythritol, which is used to provide bulk in the Truvía® Natural Sweetener tabletop product, is also tooth friendly. Erythritol is not converted to acids by bacteria in the mouth. Therefore, it doesn't promote tooth decay. The FDA authorized the use of the "does not promote tooth decay" health claim for erythritol. The American Dental Association adopted a position statement recognizing the role of sugar-free foods and medications in maintaining good oral health.


Truvía®: Important Dates and Events

May 2008

Cargill’s stevia leaf extract research program published in Food and Chemical Technology.

December 2008

FDA issued no-objection letter affirming and supporting the safety of Truvía® stevia leaf extract (rebaudioside A). Official, Truvía® stevia leaf extract has Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS).

December 2008

Truvía® Natural Sweetener was launched and widely available in retail in the United States. Coca-Cola introduced Sprite Green®, sweetened with Truvía® stevia leaf extract.

September 2009

French national approval granted for the use of rebaudioside A in food and beverages for up to two years published in the Official Journal of France.

April 2010

European Food Safety Authority published Scientific Opinion confirming that steviol glycosides, sweeteners extracted from the stevia plant, are safe for use in foods and beverages.

April 2010

Coca-Cola launched Fanta Still®, the first Coca-Cola product in France sweetened with Truvía® stevia leaf extract.


Regulatory Approval of steviol glycosides in the European Union.


Stevia-based products are launched in Europe.

January 2011

Truvía® sweetener is launched in Mexico

December 2011

Truvía® sweetener is launched in the United Kingdom and Spain

February 2012

Truvía® Baking Blend, a blend of Truvía® Natural Sweetener and sugar, is launched in the US

May 2012

Truvía® sweetener is launched in France and Italy

July 2012

Truvía® sweetener is launched in Venezuela

March 2013

Truvía® sweetener is launched in Canada

September 2014

Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend, a blend of Truvía® Natural Sweetener and brown sugar, is launched in the US

November 2014

Julie Upton, MS, RD became healthcare ambassador for Truvía® sweetener