Truvía® FAQ: The Scoop on Truvía® Sweetener
What is Truvía® sweetener?
Truvía® sweetener is a range of sweetening sugar alternatives made using extract from the sweet stevia leaf.
Truvía® sweetener products include Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener, which gives you the sweetness and granular crunch of sugar without any of the calories, and Truvía® Tablets, which allow you to add sweetness to your favorite foods and beverages while on-the-go.
What is stevia?
Stevia is a member of the chrysanthemum family native to northeastern Paraguay. The plant has been used to sweeten foods and beverages for hundreds of years.
Stevia has now been approved for use as an ingredient in many countries across the world (including the EU) so is starting to appear in everyday foods and drinks as a sweetener.
What are the ingredients of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener?
Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is made from stevia leaf extract (steviol glycosides), erythritol and natural flavouringss.
What is erythritol and why does Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener contain erythritol?
Erythritol is the largest ingredient in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener by weight, and is used as an ingredient to provide bulk and the sugar-like crystalline appearance and texture for Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener. The erythritol used in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is produced through a natural fermentation process. Fermentation is the process by which an organism metabolizes or “digests” one or more food sources to produce a desired product. Fermentation occurs naturally in a variety of different foods given the right conditions and is used to produce wine, beer and yogurt. In the case of erythritol, a natural yeast, Moniliella pollinis, digests a simple sugar called dextrose and other nutrients and produces erythritol. After fermentation, the erythritol is filtered and dried into crystals. Erythritol is found naturally in a variety of fruits, such as grapes and pears, as well as in mushrooms, and certain fermented foods such as soy sauce and wine.
Why are there natural flavourings in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener?
Like pepper, salt or any other spice that would be used to heighten the taste of food, natural flavouringss are used to bring out the best in Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener.
Are Truvía® sweetener products organic?
No. While Truvía® stevia leaf extract comes from a plant, it is not certified or grown organically at this time.
Are Truvía® sweetener products safe for diabetics to use?
Studies show that consumption of Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener and Truvía® Tablets have no effect on the glycemic index and are well tolerated by type 2 diabetics.
Are Truvía® sweetener products gluten-free?
Yes, Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener and Truvía® Tablets are gluten-free.
Are Truvía® products suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Truvía® Calorie-Free Tablets are suitable for vegetarians but contain lactose so are not suitable for vegans.