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has anyone tried this new sweetner? I normally just buy stevia in liquid form, but I'm tempted to give this a try b/c it is a bit cheaper. I looked at the ingredients and it also has erythritol, which disapointed me, but from what I've heard it isnt bad??


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I've just tried Truvia this week and have been scouring the Net, as it is a new product by Cargill and most of what I've been reading has been touting the "safety" of Stevia, part of Rebiana, it's main ingredient along with erythritol.

I have experienced these troubling side-effects from Truvia: headache, dizziness, overall "unwell" flu-like feeling, gastric upset and lower back pain in the kidney areas.

While the taste really is good - I had it in dark chocolate pudding and sweetened a tortilla with cinnamon and it - I have had reactions both times from using it.

Finally I found info here, mentioning similar reactions if allergic to ragweed. Interesting to find info it at the celiac site (after scouring the web with limited results), seeing as I'm gluten-intolerant as well!

I have trouble with the other artificial sweeteners and avoid them...wondering what the next best thing for me would be to try?

Anyway, I am posting this info because this is a new product to the market and hope that others find this post when/if they experience similar symptoms and know they are not alone!!!

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There is a very similar product called Purevia, which I like quite a bit and they explicitly state it is gluten free. Therefore I like them. Truvia seems shifty, although I'm going to make an attempt to contact them and find out.

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I prefer the pure Stevia powder, made by Stevita. Unlike other brands, it doesn't come from China, nor is it bleached. The pure powder doesn't contain anything else - no fillers or anything. This means it is intensely sweet, thus does not measure like sugar.

From what I've read, erythritol is usually made from corn, as is xylitol.

As for the ragweed connection; Yes, the plant which Stevia is derived from is related to ragweed, as is lettuce, chicory, globe artichoke, sunflower, safflower, Jerusalem artichoke, chrysanthemum, dahlia, zinnia, echinacea, chamomile, marigold, and more. They're all part of the Asteraceae family.

However, not all brands are the same. They differ in the concentrations of the various components, called steviol glycosides. Some taste more like sugar than others, and some taste more like honey. Impure products will not only have a stronger aftertaste, but some persons with high sensitivity to one component or another may have an allergic reaction. Most do not, simply because of the purity. And, given the wide variety of plants in the Asteraceae family, an allergy to one doesn't necessarily mean an allergy to any of the others.

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