As we said two years ago when we heard grumblings that Cargill and Pepsi (sorry, Cocoa Cola) were teaming up to bring stevia to the mass market, we were happy, yet skeptical. While it is wonderful that the FDA will soon approve stevia as a food (not just a dietary supplement) because of Cargill's product, Truvia, it is also a big bummer. Our hopes that the product would be pure stevia were dashed when Cargill's website showed that erthyritol, a corn-based alternative sweetener, was also included as an ingredient.
Once again, Big food disappoints. But of course. Cargill needed to add the erythritol to the product so it could not be reproduced by competition. Erythritol is a patented Cargill sweetener.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this sweetener to many of my clients because of corn-sensitivities and potential gastrointestinal disturbances. Luckily, the Sweet Leaf's of the world are still around. I hope they are not gobbled up or destroyed by the Cargill machine.