Stevia vs Truvia

There have been a lot of discussions in recent years about these two sugar substitutes, which can be used as a food additive instead of white crystallized table sugar. Stevia is preferable, because it does not add calories and also does not raise blood sugar level. However, it can only be used in its extracted form, because the use of the whole leaf Stevia was banned due to its containing chemical elements, which can harm human’s health. Thus, only an extracted form of Stevia is accepted as a dietary supplement.
In 2008, the FDA finally accepted this food ingredient as a supplement of food in its extracted form. The extracted form of food additive is also referred to as another product called Rebiana. This food supplement today can be found in many markets all around the world, not only in South America, from where it actually comes. In addition to Stevia, there is one more similar food additive called Truvia. Therefore, it started discussions about which one of them is better, and the fight of Stevia vs Truvia has begun.

stevia vs truvia

stevia vs truvia

Talking about Stevia, this plant is grown in Brazil and Paraguay mainly, but it can also be found in Asia. In Brazil and Paraguay this sugar substitute has been used not only for food, but also for medical purposes. The leaves of this food additive are regarded to be 150 times sweeter than regular white table sugar. However, the whole leaves of it cannot be used for food additives purpose, but the extract of it has been admitted to be used as a sweetener.
Talking about Truvia, it is quite different from Stevia. Truvia is marketed by Cargill, Inc. The label of this food supplement states that it includes Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract. Besides it consist of erythritol and natural flavors. However, it is not stated that Truvia contains Rebiana, instead, it says the following: “the sweetest parts of the Stevia plant”. Truvia is made of isolated ingredients, which can allow it to be patented. Thus the name Truvia is a trademark, as well, whereas Stevia, as it is a naturally growing plant, cannot be a trademark and cannot be patented. This is the main difference when talking about Stevia vs Truvia.
However, the marketing tries to convince the consumers that Stevia and Truvia is the same thing. However, the main ingredient of Truvia is not Stevia, but synthetic erythritol. There is still no evidence which states that Truvia is harmful for people to use, although regular use of it can cause some problems, too.
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