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Truvía® Nectar

  1. What is Truvía® Nectar made from? »
  2. How is Truvía® Nectar different from honey? »
  3. Why is this product called Truvía® Nectar vs. Truvía® Honey? Isn’t nectar a juice? »
  4. Why is sugar used as an ingredient in Truvía® Nectar? »
  5. Why is citric acid used as an ingredient in Truvía® Nectar? »
  6. Where does the honey come from in Truvía® Nectar? How much honey is in Truvía® Nectar? »
  7. Is Truvía® Nectar natural? »
  8. What are the primary uses of Truvía® Nectar? Is it a honey substitute? »
  9. Is Truvía® Nectar a one-to-one replacement for honey? »
  10. Does Truvía® Nectar dissolve the same in hot and cold liquids? »
  11. How do I substitute Truvía® Nectar for honey/agave? »
  12. How do I substitute Truvía® Nectar for sugar? »
  13. Why does the label on Truvía® Nectar say ½ teaspoon is 8 calories, but the nutritional panel says its 10 calories per serving? »
  14. Why does the Truvía® Nectar packaging show “½ teaspoon of Truvía® Nectar equals 1 teaspoon sugar” when the conversion chart on the website says to use 13 the volume of Truvía® Nectar for each volume of sugar? »
  15. Is Truvía® Nectar safe for people with diabetes? »
  16. Does Truvía® Nectar impact blood sugar? »
  17. Does Truvía® Nectar have carbohydrates (calories)? »
  18. Will Truvía® Nectar make me gain/lose weight? »
  19. What is the glycemic index of Truvía® Nectar? »
  20. I am allergic to honey. Can I safely consume Truvía® Nectar? »
  21. Is Truvía® Nectar suitable for vegetarians and vegans? »
  22. Is Truvía® Nectar gluten-free? »
  23. Is Truvía® Nectar made with monosodium glutamate or MSG? »
  24. Is Truvía® Nectar kosher? »
  25. Is Truvía® Nectar organic? »
  26. Does Truvía® Nectar contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? »
  27. Is it true that the stevia leaf extract in Truvía® Nectar is highly processed? »
  28. Is Truvía® Nectar safe for consumption? »
  29. Is Truvía® Nectar safe for children? »
  30. Is Truvía® Nectar produced in a sustainable way? »
  31. Why does it say I shouldn’t feed Truvía® Nectar to infants under 1 year old on the package? »
  32. What is the white foam on top of the Truvía® Nectar? »
  33. Are there any known drug interactions with Truvía® Nectar? »
  34. What forms of Truvía® Nectar are available? »
  35. Is the Truvía® Nectar bottle microwavable and dishwasher safe? »
  36. What is the shelf life of Truvía® Nectar? »
  37. Where can I buy Truvía® Nectar? »

Truvía® Nectar


What is Truvía® Nectar made from? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar contains the following ingredients: honey, sugar, water, stevia leaf extract and citric acid.


How is Truvía® Nectar different from honey? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar is a liquid stevia-based sweetener that is about twice as sweet as other sweeteners such as honey, agave, and sugar. It has a similar thickness as honey but a unique flavor that allows usage for a variety of sweetening options.


Why is this product called Truvía® Nectar vs. Truvía® Honey? Isn’t nectar a juice? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar is a stevia-based sweetener with honey. Truvía® Nectar is the brand name.


Why is sugar used as an ingredient in Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

Honey can crystallize over time in the bottle resulting in poor flow and a gritty texture. Since Truvía® Nectar contains honey it can also crystallize. To help maintain flow and smooth texture, Truvía® Nectar is formulated with sugar to help reduce the product’s potential for crystallizing. Adding sugar to Truvía® Nectar provides for a more versatile product. If sugar was not added, the product would not deliver the same great taste profile that performs well across a variety of foods and beverages; adding sugar to Truvía® Nectar provides for easier flow out of the bottle, less mess and less stickiness.


Why is citric acid used as an ingredient in Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

Citric acid is added to preserve product freshness.


Where does the honey come from in Truvía® Nectar? How much honey is in Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

Ingredients are listed in order of predominance, which in this case means honey is the primary ingredient in Truvía® Nectar. Truvía® Nectar uses a blend of honey from different countries/varietals to provide our preferred taste. The honey used in Truvía® Nectar has strict approval and certification. All the honey has traceability and comprehensive testing to the authenticity of its’ origin. The blend is considered proprietary.


Is Truvía® Nectar natural? [Link]

All of the ingredients in Truvía® Nectar can be found in nature. Honey is made by bees using the nectar of flowering plants. Stevia leaf extract is extracted from a natural source: the leaf of the stevia plant. Our sugar comes from the stalk of the sugar cane plant. Citric acid is produced by fermentation using an organism that is found in nature. Citric acid is found naturally in many fruits, including lemons, limes, and oranges. Citric acid is added to preserve product freshness.


What are the primary uses of Truvía® Nectar? Is it a honey substitute? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar is a multipurpose sweetener that can substitute for honey, agave, or granulated sugar. It can be used as a spread, to sweeten beverages, or in your favorite recipes to replace conventional sweeteners.


Is Truvía® Nectar a one-to-one replacement for honey? [Link]

No. Truvía® Nectar is about twice as sweet as honey so only about half the volume is needed to add the right amount of sweetness. See conversion chart.


Does Truvía® Nectar dissolve the same in hot and cold liquids? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar will dissolve faster in hot liquids (same as honey or other sweeteners).


How do I substitute Truvía® Nectar for honey/agave? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar is about twice as sweet as honey so only about half the volume is needed to add the right amount of sweetness. See conversion chart.


How do I substitute Truvía® Nectar for sugar? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar is denser and sweeter than granulated sugar so only about 13 the volume of Truvía® Nectar is needed to replace the sweetness of an equivalent volume of granulated sugar. See conversion chart.


Why does the label on Truvía® Nectar say ½ teaspoon is 8 calories, but the nutritional panel says its 10 calories per serving? [Link]

The FDA has established a set of rounding rules for calorie disclosure on the Nutrition Facts Panel for consumer products.


Why does the Truvía® Nectar packaging show “½ teaspoon of Truvía® Nectar equals 1 teaspoon sugar” when the conversion chart on the website says to use 13 the volume of Truvía® Nectar for each volume of sugar? [Link]

At lower use levels like those contributed by ½ teaspoon of Truvía® Nectar there is little to no difference in sweetness between our product and 1 teaspoon of sugar. However, at higher use levels like those suggested in the conversion chart the difference in sweetness is greater because both honey and stevia are sweeter than sugar.


Is Truvía® Nectar safe for people with diabetes? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar contains 2 grams of sugar per ½ teaspoon. The amount of Truvía® Nectar used in your recipes and the amount of sugar it provides to a serving of your recipe should be considered as you manage your condition. See conversion charts. If you are concerned about diabetes, this should be addressed with a health care professional.


Does Truvía® Nectar impact blood sugar? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar contains 2 grams of sugar per ½ teaspoon. The amount of Truvía® Nectar used in your recipes and the amount of sugar it provides to a serving of your recipe should be considered as you manage your condition. See conversion charts. If you are concerned about diabetes, this should be addressed with a health care professional.


Does Truvía® Nectar have carbohydrates (calories)? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Nectar contains 2 grams of sugar (carbohydrate) per ½ teaspoon.


Will Truvía® Nectar make me gain/lose weight? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar contains calories because it contains honey and sugar. When used to directly replace honey or sugar in recipes, the recipe will contain fewer calories. However, Truvía® Nectar is not a weight loss or weight gain product.


What is the glycemic index of Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

The glycemic index of Truvía® Nectar would be similar to that of sugar because it contains sugar. However, recipes in which Truvía® Nectar replaces sugar or honey may have a lower glycemic load.


I am allergic to honey. Can I safely consume Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

No, consuming Truvía® Nectar would not be safe if you are allergic to honey.


Is Truvía® Nectar suitable for vegetarians and vegans? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar contains honey which is not typically consumed in a vegan diet. Truvía® Nectar would be acceptable for a vegetarian diet.


Is Truvía® Nectar gluten-free? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Nectar is gluten-free.


Is Truvía® Nectar made with monosodium glutamate or MSG? [Link]

No. Truvía® Nectar does not contain MSG.


Is Truvía® Nectar kosher? [Link]

Yes. Truvía® Nectar is certified Kosher OU (Union of Orthodox Rabbis). However it is not considered Kosher for Passover.


Is Truvía® Nectar organic? [Link]

No, Truvía® Nectar is not certified organic at this time.


Does Truvía® Nectar contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar contains honey, sugar, water, stevia leaf extract, and citric acid. Honey is made by bees using the nectar of flowering plants. Food producing plants that are genetically modified grow in areas along with wild honey producing plants. Microscopic pollens may be dispersed through the environment via the wind, water, or soil and are unavoidably gathered by bees. The European Union legislation voted that if honey contains less than 0.9% GMO pollen by weight volume, honey is not a GMO product. As of today, the USDA or FDA has not adopted a definitional describing GMO honey. GMO pollen contamination in honey is highly unlikely. The sugar used in Truvía® Nectar is cane sugar. There are no commercial varieties of genetically modified cane sugar available in the U.S.A. There are no known commercial varieties of genetically modified stevia available today. Citric acid used in Truvía® Nectar is produced by Aspergillus niger micro-organism that is found in nature. The micro-organism ferments or digests dextrose and other nutrients. In other words, dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces milk. The dextrose used as the feedstock for the micro-organism is a simple sugar that is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Although genetically enhanced corn and non-transgenic corn are grown in the U.S. today, citric acid is not made from corn or dextrose feedstock (just as milk is not made from cattle feed); it is made by the organism.


Is it true that the stevia leaf extract in Truvía® Nectar is highly processed? [Link]

As with almost all finished food products, the journey from field to table involves some processing. The sweet components of the stevia leaf need to be extracted from the leaf, like vanilla needs to be extracted from vanilla beans. We use only the processing steps necessary to produce a high quality sweetener for your enjoyment.


Is Truvía® Nectar safe for consumption? [Link]

Yes. All of the ingredients in Truvía® Nectar have been classified as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) by experts for use as general purpose sweeteners.


Is Truvía® Nectar safe for children? [Link]

Yes. The components in Truvía® Nectar are safe for use in a food sweetener for children over 1 year old.


Is Truvía® Nectar produced in a sustainable way? [Link]

The Truvía® brand is committed to high standards of corporate social responsibility. These include operating with sensitivity to the social and environmental impacts of our business. Please visit our sustainability page for more information.


Why does it say I shouldn’t feed Truvía® Nectar to infants under 1 year old on the package? [Link]

Honey isn't safe for children less than one year of age because it may contain spores of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria that could cause serious illness or death. Infants are at risk because their digestive systems are not mature. While infants are susceptible to infant botulism, older infants, children and adults (including pregnant women) are not. Honey is safe to consume during pregnancy and lactation.


What is the white foam on top of the Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

The white appearance on the top of Truvía® Nectar is actually the creation of "honey foam" which is a result of the tiny air bubbles in the product escaping to the top. This is due to tiny air bubbles entrained in the product during the processing and packaging of the product. When the packaged Truvía® Nectar sets awhile, the air bubbles work their way up to the top of the container creating the foam. There is nothing wrong with the product or the foam on the top.


Are there any known drug interactions with Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

There are no known interactions between Truvía® Nectar and any prescription or over the counter medications. There haven’t been any targeted safety studies to evaluate the potential for interactions, so we always recommend that consumers ask their prescribing physician if they have any questions about the potential for a drug interaction.


What forms of Truvía® Nectar are available? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar is available in 100g and 300g bottles.


Is the Truvía® Nectar bottle microwavable and dishwasher safe? [Link]

No. The bottle should not be used in the microwave or dishwasher. It may melt or become deformed.


What is the shelf life of Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

Truvía® Nectar is formulated to have a long shelf-life similar to honey. As the product ages some sugar crystals may form in the product.


Where can I buy Truvía® Nectar? [Link]

Click here to find where Truvía® Nectar can be purchased. Make sure to look for Truvía® Nectar in the baking aisle!