Recently, you may have seen commercials on TV for a new non-sugar sweetener, Truvia. For those who fast forward through commercials with their TiVo, here’s what I’m talking about.
I’ve heard of Stevia before (the plant that Truvia is made from), but hadn’t tried it. With these recent commercials, plus reading a bit of discussion online about it, I went out in search of this new miracle product. The local HyVee didn’t have it, and CVS had Splenda and Equal on the shelves, but no sign of Truvia.
Allison was successful at last on a trip to Wal-mart. She brought home a box of 40 packets of Truvia sweetner. I’ve got to say, after one taste, I’m sold. This stuff is very sweet, and tastes great. One packet of Truvia sweetens a glass of tea, when I would have used 2 or three packets of equal or splenda. After doing some reading, I’ve learned that Truvia is made with a kind of sugar alcohol that doesn’t affect blood sugar, and has less potential for side effects than other sweeteners. Plus, it doesn’t have the after taste that many people associate with artificial sweetener. In fact, the after taste, if any, is just more sweetness.
Now, Truvia isn’t the only new Stevia based sweetener on the market. While Coca-cola was busy developing Truvia, Pepsi-co was hard at work on Purevia. I’ve not yet seen Purevia in stores, but from what I’ve read, it’s essentially the same product. I’ll be sure and give it a try. In the meantime, I won’t be buying Equal anymore.