So whats the deal? Are they just as good as Stevia? Are they different in composition? Should I sweeten things with those or look into it further?
Well, I will tell you what I have found, and I know I am sticking to my TRADER JOES STEVIA EXTRACT. There is not much money to be made by Stevia itself, as its a natural substance and can't be patented, etc. That is fine by me - I don't want anything chemically altered or with additives added. Whats the point - just buy the real stuff? (Just don't get the PACKETS at Trader Joes - they have Maltodextrin - which is 150 on the Glycemic Index! Get the STEVIA EXTRACT for $9.99)
"This is worrying on many levels. Firstly, people seem to think that Truvia is made of Stevia + Erythritol, which is only true if you stretch the truth a bit! Because Stevia is an extract of half a dozen natural steviosides (glycosides), and Truvia is chemically pure Rebaudioside A, derived from genetically modified plants.
Not to mention the side effects of Erythritol, which is a "sugar alcohol" made by fermenting glucose with a yeast. I hope her alleged Truvia side effects are merely imaginary, because side effects that linger for four days are not good.." (from the article below)
Here is an collaboration article about the SIDE EFFECTS of Truvia
I will post one of the worst submissions from this:
More side effects of Truvia..
NO there are not any side effects for Stevia, but a TON of benefits. Here is another article with the shady behind the scenes of the Stevia knock-offs: