Influenster Buzz: Truvía® natural sweetener Product Review
As a member of the Influenster’s VoxBox testing team, I get periodic boxes of complimentary goodies to test and review. This quarter I have three products to share with you guys. Two are beauty-related and one is food-related. Now I know that’s not what we normally review, but a little diversity is a good thing, so here we go!
It’s time for the Influenster Love VoxBox product reviews! The first one is…
Truvia Natural Sweetener
|Truvia has a fantastic marketing campaign, and I appreciate that more people are becoming familiar with stevia, but the taste doesn’t quite live up to it for me. I’ve been a stevia junkie since before it was legal to shelve it with the other sweeteners (you had to find it in the Nutritional Supplements section at specialty stores like Whole Foods), so I’ve tried a few different brands.Truvia is sweeter than the other brands, in an almost sickly-sweet way. It reminds me of cotton candy… fine for what it is, but not something I want to taste all the time.|
|It also seems to have more non-stevia filler than my preferred brand. As a long-time user of stevia, I’m used to rationing it – a standard sized “sugar” packet of pure stevia will go 10x further than the same size packet of refined sugar. Truvia is designed to match the usability of a sugar packet: 1 packet = 1 cup of coffee or tea, or however you would normally sweeten. To me this just seems like a waste of stevia, since I can make one of the other packets go much longer without exhausting it, and I worry what the effect of all those excess fillers are having on my body since I’m using stevia to get healthier in the first place.
My preferred brand of stevia, currently, is Stevia in the Raw. The taste is lovely (not too sweet, not too different from sugar) and is strong enough that I can use 1/3 or 1/2 a packet without feeling gipped. Ideally, I’d like to use 100% straight stevia (it even comes in liquid condensed form), but it’s not normally convenient for me to trek to Whole Foods to get it. Note that if you try to find stevia, say at Whole Foods (without the fillers that most of the prominent American brands are now using), you need to look in the Supplements area, not the Sweeteners area. Ask a sales associate to help you find it. 😉
Quick Take: Worth a look for both stevia junkies and those curious about the sweetener, but don’t base your entire opinion of stevia on this experience. Shop around.
Usage Tips: It’s pretty simple: Open the packet, dump in the whole thing. If you can palate the overly sweet flavor. It’s actually quite nice on fruits, when used sparingly.
The Verdict: 3/5 stars – worth checking out, but keep your mind open to other brands
Where to find Truvia: http://www.truvia.com
*No compensation was received for this product review, and all opinions stated above are the honest thoughts of the reviewer.