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Is Truvia Safe? Truvia Safety Information

Unbiased info about Truvia, the new stevia-based sweetener made by Cargill and the Coca Cola company. Note: We are not affiliated with Cargill, the Coca Cola company, or Truvia in any way.

Is Truvia safe?  One of the newest additions to the ever growing line of sweeteners is Truvia.   Billed as a natural sweetener, Truvia comes from the Stevia plant, and its extracts are supposedly over 30 times as sweet as natural sugar.

The Stevia plant comes from South America, and has been used for centuries with indigenous populations and even in Japan (for decades now), never with any corresponding reports of side effects or health risks.

On the other hand, there have been certain reports published that proclaim the use of Truvia unsafe in food and drink.  For example, the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand have all banned the use of Truvia in foods.

Stevia was used in certain foods in the US until about 20 years ago, but an anonymous complaint to the FDA caused the FDA to prohibit its use, unless the makers of the products labeled it as a supplement.

So, there are claims on both sides of the story.  Is Truvia safe though?  There are no truly substantiated reports that show legitimate side effects.  Besides, the FDA also had some guidelines in place that were supposed to permit the use of any natural substance (including sweeteners) that hadn’t received any complaints or reports of side effects before 1958.

Stevia never showed itself to damage one’s health, so the FDA’s ruling was somewhat suspect.  Many suspect that this resulted from lobbying on behalf of those behind the production of Aspartame.  The presence of Truvia posed a risk to Aspartame, so it’s quite possible that some undue influence on the government caused the ban of Truvia to begin with.

There were tests in the 1980s that showed that Stevia may have possibly caused cancer and infertility in lab rats.  There was no conclusive evidence drawn, though, and in 2006 the World Health Organization declared Stevia safe for use.

Truvia has done well in taste tests, with many of the testers praising Truvia’s naturally sweetened taste.

So, you’d still like to know the answer to this question:  is Truvia safe?  Unfortunately, there’s no conclusive answer either way at this point.  Then again, there’s no evidence of any adverse side effects.  Since it’s been commonly used in Japan for decades, this may give you enough comfort to proceed with the consumption of some products that contain Truvia.

Still, like anything, moderation in healthy doses would be our best recommendation.  Especially until more studies surface that reassure the world about Truvia’s safety.