Always read the label right? Well, I’ve been duped again through sheer carelessness! I’ll return to that in a moment.
So I came home from work and with my blood glucose at 5.2 mmol/L. I had a quarter teaspoon of Truvia and waited to see what would happen to my blood sugar. Fifteen minutes later it was at 5.6. After a six kilometre jog, it was up to 7.2. So clearly stevia is not for me. But wait there’s more.
I was wrong yesterday in my post. What I have in my cupboard is an artificial sweetener. True stevia is green and has a bitter, liquorice-like after taste. What was I eating? Truvia. This is, in fact, a blend of highly processed stevia and erythritol. What’s erythritol you ask? It is an artificial sweetener extracted from GMO corn by the good people at Coca-Cola. It makes up the bulk of Truvia. It supposedly has no effect on blood sugar either. That’s not true for me it seems. So I hadn’t read the label carefully. Shame on me again.
Now how bad is this processed sweetener for your average bear whose pancreas actually works properly? Don’t know. It depends on who you read.
My go to man, Mark Sisson, argues that as sweeteners go erythritol isn’t too bad. He doesn’t think that Truvia is the devil’s brew, but he doesn’t think it’s good either. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some health food advocates who think that Truvia and other semi-stevia products are just terrible.
Now this little factoid doesn’t prove anything, but it is nevertheless interesting. It seems that fruit flies die very quickly when they eat Truvia:
I’ll let you decide for yourself. Mine’s going in the bin.
I really need to remember what Mrs Featherbottom said, “You should always read the label, you should always read it well!”