Many of you may be using TRUVIA as a sugar free sweetening alternative. The sweetener is made by the agricultural giant, Cargill. The product is an isolated compound (rebiana) derived from the stevia plant.
Over the past several months this sweetener has become more and more popular as a non-caloric food additive. I recently received a copy of a letter from their company from a fellow Gluten Free Warrior and wanted to share with you the contents…
The erythritol in Truva is made by a natural fermentation process that uses
corn. Erythritol is the purified under strict quality control processes.
While we do not expect there to be corn allergens in Truvia natural
sweetener, we cannot be certain of this. If you remain uncertain on using
Truvia based on your own health situation and dietary choice preferences, we
recommend you not use Truvia natural sweetener.
TruviaR Customer Service
As a practicing physician, I see patients reacting to corn and corn gluten on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, the gluten in corn has been shown to cause problems for those with gluten sensitivity in multiple research studies. Unfortunately, this grain is commonly used as a gluten free replacement in many processed food products. This is yet another example in a very long list of examples where people eat processed food assuming that it is safe only to find that it is creating a problem.
A Note on Sweeteners –
First it was the pink packet, then the blue, then the yellow, now the green. What is the obsession with adding chemicals to food so that it tastes sweet? We should all learn from our history. Saccharin (Sweet n Low – Pink Packet) is a known carcinogen. Aspartame (Nutrasweet – Blue Packet) is an excitotoxin that contributes to nervous system disorders dysfunction for many. Splenda (sucralose – yellow packet) is a mixture of sugar and chlorine. Neither ingredient is good for you. The old adage “two wrongs don’t make a right” applies here.
Research Studies on Sweeteners for Weight Loss –
It has been well established that those relying on artificial sweeteners for weight loss fail to lose weight. This happens for several reasons.
- Using zero Calorie sweeteners provides a sense of false confidence and the person eats more food overall.
- Artificial sweeteners have a hormonal effect on insulin. Despite the Calorie content, these additives contribute to a hormone response that contributes to fat storage.
- These sweeteners tend to be present in highly processed foods that tax the body of its nutrient storage. The side effects of nutrient deficiencies can slow down the metabolism and lead to weight gain.
If you want a sweet taste in your mouth, I recommend eating fruit or using honey as a sweetener. Look at the world around you. We are surrounded by sick people who are overweight. The general consensus on food for most people is – eat what you want. You have two options:
- Change the general consensus – leading others by example
- Do what everyone else is doing and get sick with them
All the best,
Dr. O – AKA the Gluten Free Warrior