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What are the side effects of truvia according to the FDA?

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No side effects are associated with Truvia, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has issued a GRAS, or "generally recognized as safe," notice concerning Truvia.

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The FDA does not approve of stevia, the main ingredient in Truvia, though this fact is not without qualification. The FDA specifically does not approve of crude stevia extracts or whole-leaf stevia. Studies demonstrate that these forms of stevia may negatively affect blood sugar, renal systems and cardiovascular and reproductive health.

The FDA's stance on crude stevia extracts and whole-leaf stevia sometimes implies that the FDA is anti-Trvuia or that Truvia is unhealthy and may have dangerous side effects. Confusion intensifies when Truvia and stevia appear interchangeably in the press.

Truvia represents a form of stevia derived by a proprietary process that renders it safe to consume and devoid of side effects. Truvia is a stevia product that only consists of high purity steviol glycosides derived from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana. The literature of stevia studies indicates that there are no side effects of long-term use of stevia leaf extract products that have at least 95 percent pure glycosides.

Cargill and Coca-Cola produce the stevia leaf extract that Cargill markets as Truvia. Cargill's stevia leaf extract research program has buttressed the safety and zero-side-effect quality of Truvia in multiple scholarly papers, and the FDA has echoed many of Cargill's findings.

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