Truvia is the brand name for a sweetener called stevia. Truvia is a sugar substitute that can help you reduce the amount of sugar in your diet without giving up sweets or relying on artificial sweeteners, and it may have some benefits over sugar and other sweeteners. There is still some uncertainty over the effects of eating too much stevia, so eat Truvia only in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Stevia is calorie-free, and a benefit of Truvia is that you can use it instead of sugar, which provides 15 calories per teaspoon, to reduce the calories in foods you eat. If you crave sweet foods but sugar-sweetened desserts are not part of your diet plan, Truvia can help you stick to your diet by allowing you to eat sweet treats without cheating on your diet. Foods made with Truvia still have calories, so eat them only in moderation.
Blood Sugar Control
Using Truvia instead of sugar can help stabilize your blood sugar levels because stevia and erythritol, which is the filler used to increase the bulk in packets of Truvia, are less likely than sugar to cause spikes in your blood sugar levels. Truvia is likely safe for individuals with diabetes who are especially sensitive to the effects of sugar. However, eat stevia in moderation because there is a chance that it may affect your blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Truvia is a natural sweetener, and the Food and Drug Administration classifies stevia as GRAS, or generally recognized as safe, which means that food products can contain it without carrying warning labels. However, eating too much Truvia may lead to side effects, such as nausea or feeling over-full, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sugar alcohols, such as the erythritol in Truvia, may cause diarrhea when you eat several grams at once.
Truvia is in a variety of products, such as flavored waters, sugar-free mints, yogurt, powdered drink mixes, low-calorie soft drinks and sports beverages. You can use it in baking recipes, such as pies, cakes, cookies and tarts, because it is heat-stable and does not get destroyed during cooking, unlike some other non-nutritive sweeteners, such as aspartame. Truvia is also appropriate as table-top sweetener that you can add to hot beverages or fruit without adding more calories.
- Mayo Clinic; Stevia: Can It Help with Weight Control?; Katherine Zeratsky; November 2010
- Mayo Clinic: Artificial Sweeteners: Understanding These and Other Sugar Substitutes
- Truvia: Products
- Truvia: The Scoop on Truvia Natural Sweetener
- Truvia: About
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010; January 2010