Truvia vs Stevia...
Is There A Difference?

Truvia vs stevia... it is a great consideration if you want to ensure your family's health. There is significant data on the dangers of stevia, but I imagine it is not what you think.  Learn more from this article:  Stevia Dangers... Are They Real?

I personally have been using stevia before the FDA approved it, as it has been the only calorie-free sweetener that does not cause me to fall into the sugar-crazed void.  Even artificial sweeteners like Equal or Splenda will spin me into the universe of food addiction which is hard to come out of when I am there.

Since finding my way to recovery from Bi-Polar Manic Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with food, I have had to get real about what I put in my body and on my body, as these measures ensure that I never go back to that place again. Read my story here.

woman snorting doughnuts

Yet, on the rare occasion, I find little inklings of what once was, and usually trace the root back to a specific  chemical, corn syrup, red food coloring or sugary food that opens that door.  This is where Truvia vs stevia comes in...

Truvia vs Stevia... The Real Difference

weeping stevia plant

Stevia is a plant that is grown commonly in South America and had been used as a natural sweetener for many years.  Here in the U.S. you are seeing it more commonly now that it has been approved by the FDA... WAIT... Actually, the stevia PLANT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE FDA...

A toxic-chemically-extracted version HAS BEEN APPROVED! This is what Truvia really is.  You can read all about it here.

Truvia vs stevia.. Is It Becoming Clear?

If you want to get a sneak-peek into flavor-enhancing methods that is causing confusion to your tastebuds, check out this article: Sweetmyx: A New Sweetener That’s Sneaking Into Our Food.

What you really want to know is how to access the healthiest and most natural sweetener for me and my family... right?

I have the answer for you!

The absolute best way to sweeten you foods and drinks is with the whole leaf stevia, especially for those on the 10-Day TransformationProgram.

You can actually grow it in your garden and cut a piece when you are ready to use it.  

The whole leaf is not quite as sweet as the extract, so use this recipe to make your own.

Of course, we don't all have the energy to make our own extract, so there are a few packaged brands listed below.

tea with stevia leaf

Healthiest Stevia Brands:

There are lots of new products on the market that are claiming to be all-natural stevia, but many of them contain maltodextrin, dextrose, agave nectar, and other ingredients so it is vital to read your labels.

These are listed in order from my preferred picks to my least preferred picks:

sweet leaf stevia

Sweet Leaf Stevia:

The extracts are made with organic and non-GMO ingredients and the natural flavors are plant based, which means that they use a combination of culinary herbs, fruits, and vegetables in their flavorings.  Sweet Drops contain no MSG or other products like it. 

Now Foods Organic Liquid Stevia:

Now extracts their stevia from sustainably grown, USDA-Certifed and Organic-certified plants. It is available in liquid and powder, but I prefer the liquid as the powder contains rice maltodextrin.

Now stevia
stevia in the raw

Stevia In The Raw:

The extract is from whole leaf stevia, but you will see the first ingredient is dextrose, which is actually a sugar. If you are watching your blood sugar you probably don't want that.

Wholesome Organic Stevia:

This extract is organic, but you will find this is sweetened with agave nectar, which has more fructose than high fructose corn syrup.  Again, not so great for diabetics. 

wholesome stevia
Pyure Stevia

Pure Stevia:

Here we are with an organic and non-GMO Verified seal, but when I see Reb A, I think chemically processed just as Truvia.  Probably not your best option.

Pure Via:

This is made by Pepsi, soy are now up against the same issues as Truvia.  don't Do It.

Pure via

So when it comes to Truvia vs stevia, there really is no question... stevia from your whole food source is always best, and We may be finding ourselves relying more on mother nature than the FDA for our health and wellness maintenance.