Sweeteners: Stevia vs. Truvia
While on the Liquid Amino Diet you have to stay away from aspartame which means no artificial sweeteners. The only approved sweetener for the program is Stevia, but there are many different brands of stevia available. So which do you choose?
Over the past few months we’ve had a lot of people ask about Stevia vs. Truvia. Many have asked if it’s the same thing and if it’s okay to use while on the Phase 2 of the Amino diet. Here is a quick explanation of the differences and a few of my thoughts.
It’s true that Truvia is a brand name of a sugar substitute that consists partly of stevia but mainly of erythritol, a natural sugar alcohol that has few calories and does not affect blood sugar. However, erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol and has potential to slow weight loss while on the Amino diet.
Also found in Truvia is Rebiana, often referred to as the stevia extract in Truvia. However, Rebiana is not an ingredient in the stevia plant, nor does it exist in nature. Rebaudioside A is naturally in the stevia leaf by the action of sunlight upon the leaves. Rebiana is produced by the action of stringent alcohols and chemicals on various stevia glycosides. Rebiana is simply the trade name Cargill gave to its chemically derived product in 2008. 9/10 of 1% of Rebiana is in Truvia. The other 99.1% is the eyrthritol.
Truvia is really a sugar product!
Stevia is an herb (not a sugar derivative) that grows wild as a small shrub in parts of South America and Brazil. The glycosides in its leaves account for its incredible sweetness, it’s said to be up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, making it measurable by the drop or pinch, compared to tablespoons or cups. The body also processes stevia very slowly, which greatly reduces the risk of a sugar high. In addition, stevia is essentially calorie free, which is why it is popular with the HCG diet. Research also suggests that stevia may be safe for diabetics, although diabetics should always consult their doctors about additions to their diet which may alter their blood sugar.
So, the simple answer is; if you want the best results, than stick to the approved food list and use Stevia as your sweetener. A good brand to look into is SweetLeaf – they have liquid as well as powder versions.