Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Truvia/Nectresse "NATURAL" Sweeteners?
Nectresse is the newest product in the lineup of all natural sweeteners. It comes from Lo Han, or Monk fruit. Monk fruit are 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. McNeil, the makers of the very toxic Splenda, are the makers of this new product. I have not found the info on how the Monk fruit is processed, so I can't really comment on that at this time.
What I can comment on is the MAIN ingredient in Nectresse and Truvia. Erythritol.
Erythritol is a naturally-occurring sweetener found in many fruits, in nature it is present in such small amounts (less than .005% by weight) it’s impractical to use natural sources. So Cargill and McNeill manufacture erythritol by chemically converting genetically modified corn into a food grade starch which it ferments to create glucose and then processes further to create erythritol.
Shame on the FDA for allowing the deceptive advertising by these giant agribusinesses to state that these chemically made artificial sweeteners to state that they are "ALL NATURAL". They are not in anyway all natural, they are made using toxic chemicals and are as far from natural as shoe leather is from a cow.