After deciding to be more health conscious but unable to give up my sweet tooth, I picked up a box of Pure Via from Costco to try in my tea.
It's not bad. It's sweet, but it's very obviously not sugar. I find that it allows more of the astringency of my tea to shine through (yes, I am a heathen who puts sugar in her tea. Sue me.) while still maintaining a 0 calorie drink. And it only takes one packet to sweeten my 4 oz of tea, as opposed to the 2 tsp of sugar that I usually use.
The ingredients listen on the Pure Via packet are Dextrose, Reb A (Stevia extract), Cellulose Powder, Natural Flavors.
Truvia, the other stevia sweetener that I know of lists only 3 ingredients: Erythritol, Rebiana, Natural Flavors.
Reb A and Rebiana are the same thing. They take the stevia leaves, boil them, and then concentrate the sweet tincture down.
Cellulose is the stuff that makes plant cell walls rigid, and Dextrose is glucose.
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that is absorbed by the large intestine, unlike most sugar alcohols used in other sugar substitutes. This means that it's less likely to have a laxative effect that some sugar substitutes have.
As I said, I haven't had a chance to try the Truvia, and I'm not entirely sure that I like the Pure Via. Has anyone tasted either of them and has an opinion? For those that have tasted both, how similar or different do they taste?
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