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  1. steve
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    Truvia and PureVia are not the only stevia sweeteners on the market, Ken. To the contrary, they were not even the very first GRAS stevia stevia sweetener. That would be Wisdom’s SweetLeaf Sweetener. Truvia and PureVia are purified with ethanol. The SweetLeaf product is made with only stevia leaves and purified water. Nothing man made, it’s the only 100% natural stevia sweetener on the market. And side-by-side taste tests prove that the SweetLeaf product tastes best and has no aftertaste like the others.

  2. yoda
    yoda at |

    I use SweetLeaf brand of stevia…I love that it is a rather pure stevia extract with 0caloreis, 0 carbs, and a 0 glycemic index! BTW, SweetLeaf stevia can be found at my local grocer…but in the natural food section. Anywho, I love it smoothies, use it in baking chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies cranberry orange muffins, and peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffins and I enjoy experimenting with their flavored liquids!

  3. lauren
    lauren at |

    Trader Joe’s sells pure stevia packets and larger plastic containers for baking needs.

  4. Suzan
    Suzan at |

    I purchased ten Sobe 0 calerie “Life Water” drinks when it was on sale 10/10.00 at KMart. I loved the clean clear taste without that awful “diet” after taste. However, after drinking only a couple of them I noteced I was having awful bouts of neausea, random diarreah, and light headedness. I had been drinking them for a week and it dawned on me I may be having a reaction to the sweetener and that is what brought me here. All of my symptoms went away when I stopped drinking the “Life Water” with the Pure via sweetener in them for 36 hours. Like you had turned it off with a switch. So sad too, they are really delicious. By the way, read the lable on those “all natural” vitamin water combinations. Some of those Zobe 0 calorie had a “natural” occuring caffeine in them also, in very fine print.

  5. Natural Girl
    Natural Girl at |

    Good information. Just to clear up some of the concerns about possible side effects, recent human studies on safety, metabolism and intake support the safety of stevia sweeteners. Since joining the Calorie Control Council, a non-profit trade association that represents the light food and beverage industry, I’ve spent a lot of time researching low-calorie sweeteners like stevia. Most reproductive and fertility rate concerns regarding stevia are based on older animal studies that are now considered inconclusive and controversial. For example, the rodents involved in the studies were administered doses of stevia that were far in excess of the amounts normally taken by human beings. Scientists around the world agree stevia sweeteners are safe for use in food and beverages. For more information, visit http://www.steviabenefits.org and http://www.caloriecontrol.org.

  6. elena
    elena at |

    I am curious about the difference between Pure Via Stevia packets (that contain Dextrose) and others (like Trader Joe’s) that contain Maltodextrin and Silica. Can anyone explain?

  7. Tracy
    Tracy at |

    Something else to note about Truvia is that it’s mostly comprised of a sugar alcohol called erythritol (3 of its 3.5 total grams per packet serving). I’ve never had an allergy to any sugar substitutes including sucralose, aspertame, and stevia, but I developed a host of miserable symptoms from using Truvia including a very itchy rash, an ongoing jittery/disconnected feeling, anxiety, severe sleep deprivation, insatiable carb cravings, nausea after eating, dry mouth, soreness in my neck and back, etc. It took me about 3 weeks to pinpoint the cause of all the symptoms; over the course of which I saw an allergy specialist, and mis-identified a host of other would-be causes including dryer sheets, antibiotics, etc.

    I think part of the reason the cause eluded me for so long is because the timing of the reaction is somewhat delayed. I don’t develop the symptoms until a few days after I have ingested the product, and the symptoms continue to last long after I stop ingesting it (it’s been 4 days since I’ve had any Truvia and I’m still exhibiting symptoms). I don’t know whether my allergy is to the rebiana or the erythritol or both, but my advice to people who want to try it is to try it just once and then closely monitor themselves for up to a week after.

  8. JoAnn McManus
    JoAnn McManus at |

    I get terrible gas and violent diarrhea from stevia and sucralose. Even if I have just one serving I get the above symptoms. Aspartame will do the same to me if I have too much, but not as bad. I know other people that this happens to. There should be a warning on the label so that it can be read and not in tiny print so you miss it. Manufacturers are even putting it in canned fruits and it is also in the new Tropicana 50 orage juice. A packet of sugar has only 15 calories and 4 grams of carbs. So, why are we eating those poisons? I call them poisons because anything that disrupts the stomach and colon have to be bad for you.


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