Here are a few excerpts from an article about Truvia, a sweetener that says it is all natural stevia:
Truvia sweetener is made from about 99.5% erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and 0.5% rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant (but not at all the same thing as stevia). A shocking new study published in the journal PLOS ONE (1) has found that Truvia, an alternative sweetener manufactured by food giant Cargill, is actually a potent insecticide that kills fruit flies which consume it.
The study is titled, Erythritol, a Non-Nutritive Sugar Alcohol Sweetener and the Main Component of Truvia, Is a Palatable Ingested Insecticide.
Erythritol is often indirectly derived from genetically modified corn, by the way. Cargill was forced to settle a class action lawsuit last year (2) for labeling Truvia “natural” when it’s actually made from a fermentation process whereby yeast are fed GM corn maltodextrin.
In short, not only is this unbelievable that a company can label a product with such bold-faced lies that is calls itself something that is actually less than 1% of its content and promote it as being natural and healthy, but this might actually be quite unhealthy and unsafe to consume.
There are other brands of natural sweeteners that are also labeling themselves as Stevia that are mostly maltodextrin. “Stevia in the Raw” and other “in the Raw” products are similar sulprits. So read the ingredients carefully, despite what the label says on the front.
The full article can be found here: https://www.naturalnews.com/045450_Truvia_erythritol_natural_pesticide.html#ixzz3I7jiT8cW