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 Truvía® 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.