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Truvia® Natural Sweetener Side Effects & Stevia Leaf Extract Research: Expert Reviews & Safety Studies

Research around Truvia® natural sweetener

Any natural product that has been around for more than 100 years and has the interest of scientists at Universities around the world will have decades of research behind it. Stevia is backed by volumes of independent research. Global regulatory approvals have been possible because of the rich history of global safety studies and also some modern research.

One question that we are frequently asked is about the safety for use by people with diabetes. Relatively recent research has addressed this, including studies conducted with Truvia® stevia leaf extract.

Some research studies:

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Truvia® natural sweetener effects on blood glucose levels in people with diabetes

Purified stevia does not have any immediate effects on blood sugar (glucose) or insulin in people with diabetes in doses as high as 1000 mg, or the amount contained in 35 packets of Truvia® natural sweetener. There was no difference in side effects reported by those consuming Truvia® stevia leaf extract as compared to those consuming the placebo. This study was conducted with Truvia® stevia leaf extract and was presented to the public at a scientific meeting in April 2009.

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Side effect study of Truvia® natural sweetener study on people with type 2 diabetes

Chronic consumption of purified stevia leaf extract had no effects on blood sugar (glucose), insulin, hemoglobin A1c, blood lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides in a subjects with type 2 diabetes in a randomized, masked study. This study followed 122 subjects consuming 1000 mg of stevia leaf extract (amount contained in 35 packets of Truvia® natural sweetener) or placebo every day for 4 months. There were no differences in side effects reported by those consuming stevia leaf extract as compared to those consuming the placebo. The study was conducted with Truvia® stevia leaf extract.

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Side effect study of Truvia® natural sweetener study on non-diabetic adults

Chronic consumption of purified stevia leaf extract had no effect on blood pressure and any other health indices in healthy adults. This study followed 100 healthy adults consuming 1000 mg of stevia leaf extract (amount contained in 35 packets of Truvia® natural sweetener) or placebo every day for 4 weeks. There was no difference in side effects reported by those consuming stevia leaf extract as compared to those consuming the placebo. The study was conducted with Truvia® stevia leaf extract. The full manuscript is available here for free download.

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Expert reviews completed in 2008 (prior to launching Truvia® Natural Sweetener)
Published safety studies conducted with Truvia® stevia leaf extract
Food and Chemical Toxicology
Comprehensively examined the safety data and set a permanent ADI
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
Critically reviewed Truvia® stevia leaf extract database of studies Determined its safety for general purpose use as a sweetener
GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) Independent Expert Panel
Issued no-objection letter for Truvia® stevia leaf extract affirmed as Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Reviewed safety of rebaudioside A based on Cargill studies
U.S. Toxicology Forum Panel multi-stakeholder symposium
Expert reviews completed in 2009
Assessed safety of rebaudioside A. Temporary legal approval of ≥97% rebaudioside A for up to a maximum of 2 years, for use in certain food and beverages in France
Published on 6 September 2009
French food safety agency AFSSA
Expert reviews completed in 2010
Reviewed safety of rebaudioside A based on Cargill studies
U.S. Toxicology Forum Panel multi-stakeholder symposium

Additional Information

If you would like more information about stevia, there are some good websites that offer science-based information including safety, regulatory information, and webinars for health professionals. The following links will take you to non-Cargill websites that contain credible information about stevia.

INTERNATIONAL STEVIA COUNCIL STEVIABENEFITS.ORG FOODINSIGHT.ORG
farming stevia plant for Truvia natural sweetener