Truvia side effects

Truvia side effectsI am collecting data on possible negative Truvia sweetener side effects. Since the FDA recently approved Truvia as a sweetener, it is sold in sachets.
One reader emailed me with this: "I noticed recently after using Truvia for a short while, it seems my lactose intolerance has been much worse than usual." Truvia side effects
Another reader named Susan wrote:
"I started using Truvia in an effort to get myself off of Sweet and Low. Actually I needed 1 1/2 packets to equal one S&L. I took it for about 3 weeks and then started having symptoms which at first I didn't relate to the Truvia."
"First symptom was bad breath. Next one was back, neck and shoulder pain. I'm an avid tennis player so that was a problem for me. I went to my chiropractor a number of times and although I got temporary relief, it always returned. Finally it dawned on me that the only thing I was doing differently was using the Truvia. I stopped and within 48 hours all pains stopped and my breath problems disappeared. Clearly there is something in Truvia that I can't handle. I thought I was doing something good for my body but in this case I was wrong.
Chris wrote: "I have never had a bad reaction to Stevia so I tried the new product "Truvia". I put it into my coffee in the morning for a couple of weeks and I seemed to be fine. However, I baked a pie with it, (cooking it and using a larger quantity of Truvia). Within 10 mins of eating a piece of the pie I had a severe mental reaction. My mouth began to itch, and I broke out in hives. I am highly sensitive to mold and yeast and this is the reaction I usually get from a heavy mold or yeast exposure. Therefore, I assumed my reaction was possibly from the yeast that is used to ferment the Erythritol or perhaps the Erythritol itself.not sure. But I will not be using it again!"
I have done some Googling and came up with this:

..Truvia side effects..

"I bought some Truvia at the supermarket. It's a new sugar-substitute made from stevia and erythritol. I use stevia regularly to sweeten cocoa with no apparent side-effects. I was a bit cautious about consuming erythritol because I generally do not tolerate sugar alcohols. So I only used one packet of Truvia at a time, and usually only once a day. Then I used it twice a day and the side-effects showed up. I suffered some gas and diarrhea. Immediately I stopped using Truvia and went back to using plain stevia (which also can be purchased in packets). That was four days ago and the Truvia side-effects have not stopped."

Truvia side effectsThis posting is worrying on many levels. Firstly, people seem to think that Truvia is made of Stevia + Erythritol, which is only true if you stretch the truth a bit! Because Stevia is an extract of half a dozen natural steviosides (glycosides), and Truvia is chemically pure Rebaudioside A, derived from genetically modified plants.
Not to mention the side effects of Erythritol, which is a "sugar alcohol" made by fermenting glucose with a yeast. I hope her alleged Truvia side effects are merely imaginary, because side effects that linger for four days are not good..

..Truvia adverse effects..

"I tried it. The taste was fine and all, but it seemed to spark some crazy carb cravings in me. It actually took me a few days to figure out it was the truvia."
Hm. "crazy carb cravings" are not exactly good when trying to lose weight using a zero-calorie sweetener..

..Truvia bad effects..

I tried truvia also. It made me feel extremely tired, and I felt ill all day. The feeling was different than anything I had experienced before. It did not taste very good in my coffee either, tasted bitter and just nasty. When I tried two packets the side effects became more pronounced with added abdominal cramps and very loose stools and lasted all day. I E-mailed the company and told them what I thought of their marketing ploy of truvia as a "natural sweetner" too. Needless to say I have received no reply.  I do not perceive erythritol as a natural substance. On their website they NEVER  write exactly how they make or THEIR source of erythritol. Char Downs

..Truvia effects..

I have been using Truvia for about a week now. I use about 4-8 packets a day, mostly in the morning, in my coffee. For years I have used Splenda but I have wanted to try a healthier option. Ever since I have used Truvia I too have had bad side effects. I have had bad abdominal cramps. At times it has been pretty painful, feeling like trapped gas. I have also been constipated. I will not use this product anymore. I am a healthy 28 years old and I eat healthy everyday so I can only associate these new problems with Truvia. Thanks for the info on your website. Jennifer Tuscany

..Truvia and metallic taste..

Dear Sarah - Thank you for collecting this important information. I, too, wanted to use a "healthier" alternative to Splenda. Using 2 or 3 packets per day seemed reasonable. After three days I began having a terrible taste in my mouth whenever I ate or drank anything. It was a combination of a metallic and detergent sensation - awful! My husband made the connection with the Truvia and I stopped it all together. 24 hours in I still have the problem, but am hoping for resolution soon. A few teaspoons of raw sugar can't be that bad for me. Again my thanks! Anne

..Truvia side effects..

I just found your web site and want to report what happened to me this morning. Someone had put Truvia in our Splenda bin at work and I decided to try some in my coffee. The first one didn't sweeten the coffee enough so I put a second packet in and it was fine. Not long after starting to drink the coffee, I found myself getting groggy at my desk. It was like I had eaten a large lunch and was falling asleep from it. Except that it was early morning and I had only had half a bagel, an apple, and orange juice for breakfast. As I drank more coffee it got worse. I could not focus on what I was doing for any length of time. I decided I needed a second coffee to wake up. This time I just used Splenda which doesn't affect me and within a little while I started to come out of the haze. It is a few hours later now and I seem to be back to normal. John Karam, Sr. Programmer/Analyst, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation

..Truvia adverse effects..

I tried Truvia  about a month ago. I developed mouth sores which I thought was from my increased use of tomatoes this time of year. I stopped the Truvia as I suspected this new substance. I don't like stevia and I found the taste of Truvia to be good. Today I tried 3 packets of Truvia again and my mouth erupted again. Won't be trying that again. Just wanted to share this and was wondering if anyone else has had this kind of reaction. Karen Todd

..More side effects of Truvia..

I tried it for 3 months now. NO changes in my diet other than not using sugar and using truvia. Gained 15 pounds, loads of headaches and neck/shoulder pain. I called Truvia and they told me this was not a side effect, checked the internet and ooooo! I used stevia for years with no side effects, so there is something in this truvia that is no good! Gaining weight seems to be the opposite of what the point was!! Carol K

..Dangerous Truvia side effect?..

I went to google to lookup the side-effects of Truvia and came across your website. My story is a bit different from the other side-effects. After using Truvia for one week I ended up with the worst UTI I have ever had. The doctor said more than likely the artificial sweetner was the cause. This product should come with warnings! Pam Grubb

..Truvia and IBS..

I started using Truvia yesterday. I have IBS and within one hour of use, started having alot of abd pain. Then the next day, I had two packets again in my coffee. Within a few hours, the abdominals were going crazy, and had very loose diarrhea. How can they say its all natural? this tastes like Aspertame to me, yet I did not see this on the packet. I will have to trash this box. S. Miller

..Truvia and mouth sores..

Have recently (within the last 6-7 weeks) started using Truvia in a commercially prepared frozen product (one of my few vices!) that formerly was sweetened with Splenda. Developed strange mouth sores that lingered. Normally follow an organic, healthy diet and have not had this symptom. In a process of elimination, I realized yesterday that the only difference was that change/addition of Truvia, so I decided to Google Truvia side effects. The light was dawning that perhaps the one change I could document, Truvia, was contributing to the strange mouth sores (new for me). Tonight, found your commentary site and noted a similar response from a Karen Todd. Sounds like what I have been experiencing. No more of that particular vice - I'll go back to my favorite sweetener - Xylitol. Back to the old adage - "don't mess with Mother Nature..." Anonymous reader

..Truvia and bad taste..

I too tried Truvia, had an adverse response and found your website while googling Truvia's side effects. Two days ago I bought some Blue Bunny "fudgecicles" sweetened with Truvia. I ate one in the car on the way home; it left a slightly bad taste in my mouth but once I popped in a piece of minty gum, the taste went away. That evening after dinner I ate another and then nothing I put in my mouth made it go away. I liken it to the "sucking on a rusty pipe" taste I get from some antibiotics. I'm coming up on 48 hours from the first one I ate and I still have the taste at the back of my tongue. I'm curious if anyone else has reported this symptom. Needless to say I'm returning or pitching those suckers!!! Thank you for any info you can provide! Penny Cherrix, Salt Lake City, Utah

..Truvia and mouth sores..

I have been trying to change my diet to lose weight and so switched from soda to low calorie vitamin water around three weeks ago. I begin to have serious mouth sores - my tongue was covered with canker sores and the roof of my mouth was irritated and blistered. I couldn't figure it out - thought it might be stress. It continued but I noticed that it subsided on the weekends. I started looking for clues. The only time I drank the water - sweetened with Truvia - was during the week. I began to zero in more closely and I'm convinced the mouth sores are associated with the Truvia sweetened vitamin water. No more for me. Thanks for the website confirming my suspicions. Ann in Toledo

..Truvia and atrocious taste in the mouth..

Don't know how old your posting is, but I was glad to find it to know I wasn't nuts. I just started using Truvia two days ago--just one pack per day thank God because I, too, am getting the atrocious taste in my mouth now whenever I eat or drink anything at ALL! We can't be the only ones. Why is this stuff still on the market. It's repulsive!! Sue Phillips

..Truvia and back, neck and shoulder pain..

I am passing this along on behalf of my Mother. We had heard about Stevia and thought it worth trying Truvia. Bad mistake. When she started feeling awful and realized it was the Truvia, I started doing some research and found your site. I was shocked how her symptoms matched so many of those already on the site, but she had them all together at one time.
She began using Truvia as a substitute for sugar in beverages. After several days of moderate (1 packet per day) use, she began experiencing minor back, neck, and shoulder pain in the muscles and joints but at that time didn't connect the pain with the Truvia. As she continued using the Truvia, she found the pain to be getting worse--severe in fact--and affecting more and more of her joints and muscles. In addition, she was starting to feel very sleepy all the time and was also beginning to feel very bloated. At that point we tried to figure out what was going on and realized that the only thing that had changed was her use of Truvia. The realization was based on noticing that her pains would peak, every time, 2 hours after consuming Truvia. She stopped the Truvia and within 2 day's time, all the side-effects disappeared.
To me, that is the telling part. It took 2 days to clear the symptoms, i.e., clear the erythritol and rebaudioside A (or their metabolites?) from her system. Somebody needs to do a broad-based demographic study on how those things are cleared.
Until then, my advice is stay away from Truvia. It's not safe and its release for public use is based on shoddy science, FDA incompetence and corporate avarice.
Dave Landis

..Truvia and seriously upset stomach..

I have been using Truvia, everyday in my hot tea for about 2 weeks now. My stomach has been severely upset! Bloating, loose stools, cramps, sour stomach. I have not changed anything in my diet, except for using Truvia. I also decided to look up the side affects and am shocked and surprised of how many people have experienced the same thing! I will NOT continue using this. AnnaM. B..- Texas

..Truvia and severe migraines..

I am a diabetic who also suffers from frequent and severe migraine attacks. These attacks are definitely triggered by any foods or beverages containing Nutrasweet (aka: Equal) as an ingredient. Therefore, I have switched to buying products that are made exclusively with Splenda, and I strictly avoid eating or drinking anything that contains Nutrasweet.
Making this switch has proven to be a real life saver for me, and my migraines have definitely diminished. However, I recently decided to try Truvia since I had a coupon for it. Not only did I not like the yucky, sickenly sweet aftertaste and dry feeling it left in my mouth, but I found that within about 45 minutes of drinking some coffee I'd sweetened with Truvia, I felt a migraine starting to come on. No other apparent triggers for the migraine were evident that day, so I can only attribute its onset to the Truvia I had consumed.
I may try the Truvia one more time just to be certain that it was what actually triggered the migraine, but as I'm sure you can understand -- once bitten, twice shy! I'm extremely hesitant to try it again. So...I'll probably end up giving it all away to a friend and just sticking with my tried-and-true Splenda!!!
Bridget Naylor in Easton, PA

..Truvia and severe insomnia..

I decided to try Truvia in place of splenda and have taken a total of 3 little packets on the first day of use spread out 1 in the morning and two in the later evening with my hot tea. I spent a horrible night of sleeplessness I DID NOT SLEEP AT ALL, I am extremely dizzy and my body aches in my neck and shoulders and my hands are numb, and I have a mind blowing headache. I have a MVP and all day my heart has been racing. I been trying to think all day what it is that could have caused all this I am a good sleeper nothing else in my diet had changed except this and I don't drink. This sweetner needs to come with side effect warnings specially for people with heart conditions. I will not be taking this sweetner again and I hope the store takes the box back I am going back to splenda I have never had side effects with it of any kind. Just thought I would share my story I have been googling the sweetner and so far this is the only site I have found that has any side effect warning for this product. Chantel Douglas

..Truvia and pains, abdominal cramps and loose stools..

I, too had bad side effects from truvia.I thought I had eaten something with gluten in it or milk but that wasn't the problem. I had tried the Truvia in my tea and within an hour I had bad pain, abdominal cramps and very loose stools.Never again....and it was something that was "natural" not by any should come with warnings. Erythrital is not as natural as stated on package. Sharon M.

..Truvia and low blood sugar..

I have diabetes and have used Splenda for a long time. Thought I'd try Truvia but it affected my blood sugar very badly. My blood sugar very quickly became very low, which made me extremely light-headed and very dizzy for most of the day. Has anyone else had this reaction?. The first time I tried it I had an overall sick feeling and am about to dump all of it in the garbage. Susan Postlewait

..Truvia and diarreah..

I drink two cups of coffee daily. In the past I have used aspartame. Thought I would try Truvia. I have been using it for three days and yesterday(Saturday) probably used 4-5 packets of it. Last night I had a severe case of diarrhea. Since my wife and I ate the same thing the past few days I only assume that Truvia was the culprit. I will abstain from it and see if my stools return to normal in the next few days. Not certain that Truvia was the cause. Jerry--Kentucky

..Truvia and loose stools..

I have used Truvia a couple times. Each time has resulted in extremely loose stools. I have to use 2-3 packets in a large ice coffee in order to taste it. I am really disappointed because I wanted a natural sugar alternative with zero or few calories. I'm starting to think that I should just use the sugar and learn to use less. Steve

..Truvia and extreme stomach problems, bad taste..

I've tried Truvia and found that I have developed an extreme case of stomach problems.Notably cramps and diarrhea.Also had a bad taste in my mouth. I am not going to continue using this product nor am I going to recommend it to anyone..... Joe in Ocala, Fl

..Truvia and abdominal pain..

I started using Truvia yesterday. I have IBS and within one hour of use, started having alot of abd pain. Then the next day, I had two packets again in my coffee. Within a few hours, the abdominals were going crazy, and had very loose diarrhea.
How can they say its all natural? this tastes like Aspertame to me, yet I did not see this on the packet. I will have to trash this box.
S. Miller

..Truvia and metallic, detergent taste..

I, too, wanted to use a "healthier" alternative to Splenda. Using 2 or 3 packets per day seemed reasonable. After three days I began having a terrible taste in my mouth whenever I ate or drank anything. It was a combination of a metallic and detergent sensation - awful! My husband made the connection with the Truvia and I stopped it all together. 24 hours in I still have the problem, but am hoping for resolution soon. A few teaspoons of raw sugar can't be that bad for me. Anne

..Truvia and mouth sores..

Have recently (within the last 6-7 weeks) started using Truvia in a commercially prepared frozen product (one of my few vices!) that formerly was sweetened with Splenda.
Developed strange mouth sores that lingered. Normally follow an organic, healthy diet and have not had this symptom.
In a process of elimination, I realized yesterday that the only difference was that change/addition of Truvia, so I decided to Google Truvia side effects. The light was dawning that perhaps the one change I could document, Truvia, was contributing to the strange mouth sores (new for me).
Tonight, found your commentary site and noted a similar response from a Karen Todd. Sounds like what I have been experiencing.
No more of that particular vice - I'll go back to my favorite sweetener - Xylitol.
Back to the old adage - "don't mess with Mother Nature..."
Anonymous reader

..Truvia and bad taste..

I too tried Truvia, had an adverse response and found your website while googling Truvia's side effects. Two days ago I bought some Blue Bunny 'fudgecicles' sweetened with Truvia. I ate one in the car on the way home; it left a slightly bad taste in my mouth but once I popped in a piece of minty gum, the taste went away. That evening after dinner I ate another and then nothing I put in my mouth made it go away. I liken it to the 'sucking on a rusty pipe' taste I get from some antibiotics. I'm coming up on 48 hours from the first one I ate and I still have the taste at the back of my tongue. I'm curious if anyone else has reported this symptom. Needless to say I'm returning or pitching those suckers!!! Penny Cherrix - Salt Lake City, UT

..Truvia and bloating, constipation, hives and itching..

Two anonymous readers reported resp. bloating and constipation after using Truvia, and severe hives and itching. Sigh. And Stevia is STILL illegal!

This is our research on the alleged dangers of Truvia / adverse effects of Truvia and not medical advice!

1.  Clpresley57    Friday, November 11, 2011

I tried using Truvia and didnt like it in my iced tea. It taste fine in my coffee. I have only used it for a few days and noticed that I was having diarreah everyday .I started thinking maybe it was a side effect of the Truvia so I googled the side effects of Truvia and see that others are reporting similar side effects. Hope the symptoms go away when I stop using this product. Carol- Memphis, Tn

2.  Cindy Carrington    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I have fibromyalgia and have suspected/noticed that aspartame causes bad flare ups of the fibro and over time learned to stay away from it. Recently I started using the flavored drink mixes sweetened with stevia. I started noticing what I call fibro flares which were extreme in that my neck became so stiff I couldn't turn it either way more than a quarter turn, the pain ran down my shoulders into my shoulder blades and down my arms. All my joints became painful along with my muscles. I also experienced numbness in both my arms and hands. Thinking I was drinking a "healthy" sugar substitute, when I started noticing the changes in my body I decided to investigate the ingredient in the sweetener and came across this page. I don't know how old these posts are, but am now interested in knowing if there is a study on the effects of this sweetener on fibromyalgia individuals. I know I will never use these type products anymore.

3.  Samlau53    Thursday, November 17, 2011

My husband and I both had panic attack like symptoms with heart palpitations after drinking Vitamin water 10. He has a strong history of heart disease and had an overwhelming sense of doom. He doesn't ususally use artificial sweeteners but I do but not Truvia until then, and also lots of nasty gas. That was the only thing we both used that day. Very scary

4.  Anonymous    Friday, November 18, 2011

I have been using Truvia for 6 months and have experienced: unexplainable extreme fatigue, weight gain, bloating, eye twitching, muscle and neck pain, and hair loss. I'm thinking the Truvia explains it is going in the trash immediately!

5.  Nhnh204    Saturday, November 19, 2011

I began using Truvia in my tea due to marketing saying it is "new a natural sweetener". I had a slight effect the first day that grew to very pronounced Anxiety by the end of the week. It took me a few days to realize Truvia was the only different food I had consumed. Upon discontinuing Truvia, I was fine. This reaction was a real surprise, as I have used stevia for many years as (1) a natural dried leaf from the plant, and 2) the store-bought powder that sometimes leaves a funny taste in your mouth). I will not buy Truvia again. Susan, Hanover, NH

6.  HWC    Sunday, November 20, 2011

I am a newly diagnosed Pre-Diabetic with blood sugar ranging from low to high readings. Doc said to adjust my diet so I have been tryingt o find alternatives to sweeten things. My wife used Truvia with no know side effeccts so why not. I used it one time with no adverse reactions so I used one teaspoon in a bowl of cereal today. It tasted a little bitter but gave it some sweetness so i finished it. Shortly after I was super anxious and light headed and just not feeling good. I checked my blood sugar level and it was 188 and my BP was 145/91 with a pulse of 75. I am 43 yrs old! Not good! HWC from Kentucky

7.  7 Min Fit    Sunday, November 20, 2011

Aspartame and it's evil twin Acesulfame potassium, Sucralose (Splenda) are all bad. Even if you have had NO obvious negative side-effects yet, the chemicals in Spenda are cumulative, and will one day get to you. Read about the Dangers Of Sucarlose (Splenda) here:

I use ONLY Stevia. Some people don't like it. If that's the case, try another brand. That's what I did. I use the Liquid Stevia, not the powder. I don't need sweeteners of any kind in my food because I've weaned myself off sugar, grains (which cause cravings for sweet food). I find anything sweet at all tastes EXTREMELY disgustingly overly-sweet. Just thought I'd pass along this important information about Spenda (Sucralose).

8.  Joe4prez    Sunday, November 20, 2011

Two days ago I was out of town and went to the coffee shop across the street for breakfast. I decided to have some instant oatmeal. I didn't pay attention to the fact that I chose a packet that was labeled sugar free. I decided to eat it anyway. After one bite I knew something wasn't right. I looked at the ingredients label. The second ingredient was erythritol. Yikes, I avoid artificial ingredients as much as possible. I ate it anyway thinking this is a sugar derived from plants. Within 15 minutes I was having random itchiness all over my body. Three hours later I was having chest pains not unlike severe heartburn (which I never get). Six hours later I was covered in hives. After medicating the next morning I was fine. However, for the past two days I continue to have smaller patches of hives coming and going one or two times a day. I haven't had hives since I was 8 years old. I am hoping this will clear up soon.

9.  Hilfri_4686    Monday, November 21, 2011

I've experienced with truvia bloating, abdominal and lower abdominal pain from gas and bloating, like a 'trapped gas' feeling someone mentioned earlier. i'm lactose intolerant and those are the same symmptoms i experience with that, but i didn't have any lactose for a week or more now. the only other thing would be i ate hummus, but i never had that pain before. i think it's the truvia, and i'll keep checking. i stopped eating the truvia in my hot tea 1 1/2 days ago and am starting to feel better. i agree with all the posts, this is a bad product for many people and should have these side effects listed! TaylorGirl-Wisconsin

10.  Sarah Vaughter    Monday, November 21, 2011

Thank you all for commenting!

I am still looking for hard evidence that the Stevia plants used in Truvia are from GMO plants. Based on what I read from credible sources, I am 99% certain that this is the case, but I can't prove it yet.

If anyone can help with that, please post it here.

11.  Cheryl    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I am so grateful I found your website, I also switched from splenda to truvia. Bad idea, it wasnt until I read this info. that it all made since. For over a month I have experienced severe shoulder pain, and loose stool. I went to a massage therapist twice and it did not help. Ran out of truvia wnt back to splenda, shoulders got better. This past week went back to truvia, I had a scratchy throat yesterday and drank five cups of tea with truvia. The pain in my shoulder was so severe last night I could not sleep!! I had honey in my tea today and hope these symtoms leave soon. Thank you again, I would have never associated muscle pain with the use of this product, I will up-date you later, I also plan to write truvia!

12.  fantasticalice    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

OH MY GOD! I knew something was wrong i just didn't know what. I gave up Splenda and replaced it with Truvia. I thought I was gonna stroke out! I had so many different side effects it isn't funny. This is not the only site with posts about Truvia! There are hundreds and hundreds of posts and still, it's on the market. I NEVER want to eat anything with this stuff in it and lo and behold, there are lots of food out there with this junk :( Watch out! This stuff is really BAD on the joints. My neck pain, shooting arm pains, GONE! Thank god because some people go on to suffer after quiting??

13.  Rosemarykeany    Friday, November 25, 2011

Thank you so much for posting the side effects of Truvia. I too recently began using Truvia in my coffee and tea for appoximately 3 weeks. Initially I dont recall any side effects however as of the past week or so I have been experiencing the following symptoms, bad taste in mouth, weird pains in my shoulders, neck and back (muscle like), gas, and upset stomach. I have been complaining about this for a few weeks and never linked Truvia as the culprit.I work with sick children and assumed I picked up a tummy bug. I have been working with children for over 20 years and have a strong tolerance for tummy bugs. I am going off it and will post when the symptoms go away to see if it is positively related to Truvia. All the best, Rosemary from Queens, New York

14.  Cafegal50    Sunday, November 27, 2011

I've been using Truvia for 4 weeks. I thought it was a blessing as the leg cramps I had developed over the year was gone, which I thought was from using Splenda for more than 5 years. I ended up here because for the last few days I've had unusual bowel movements. My stool is dark greenish-gray. I thought perhaps it is due to using Truvia. I haven't found my answer yet but I did learn that the unusual sore I had in my mouth for more than a month could have been to the product. I guess I am going to stop using it and see what happens.

15.  Barbara Sherwood    Sunday, November 27, 2011

I went on this site to see if I could complain about Truvia shortchanging the number of packets in their 40 and 80 count boxes, and came across the above side effects, which coincidentally I have also experienced but never associated it with Truvia consumption. The last three boxes I purchased are short 2 to 3 packets in each during my experiment. So besides making you sick, they are also cheating consumers a little bit at a time. Those missing packets add up and saves them money when you multiply it with the number of consumers that buy them. Shame on them.

16.  Denise    Monday, November 28, 2011

I have gotten involved in a natural detox that works in your blood stream. I mentioned Truvia many mos. ago to one of my peers in this group and was told it had something bad in it. Finally, I look it up, as I'm eating cereal w/two packets of Truvia in it. I don't use it much, certainly not every day, and often days apart, but I have had some of these problems: constipation at times, bloating, and most notably, problems sleeping. (Obviously time to get into using this detox I'm interested in). Splenda gives me headaches, and those pink packets have never attracted me, esp. after I read how they affect people's muscles and strength. I like to use real maple syrup sometimes b/c it's processed unlike other sweeteners, even honey, ie, better. Another friend used a stevia packet w/maltodextrose (?) in it. Maybe I should look that up too. Thx for the info!

17.  Lisa    Friday, December 2, 2011

wow i thought all these people were a little nuts. i also use truvia and was only using about 2 packets once a day. well i happened to use about 4 within a 12 hour period and im having really bad lower stomach guessing its from the truvia. my body seems to tolerate it just fine if i only use 1 or 2 once and a while..i recently purchased some stevia in the raw packets and im thinking of tossing the truvia and just going with them. im also gonna do some more online research about the stevia in the raw seems ok so far tho.

18.   Kay    Saturday, December 3, 2011

After using Truvia, I began having symptoms of IBS and my right side hurt just below my rib. After checking your web site and saw that others had simular reactions, I stopped using Truvia immediately. After 2 days, the symptoms of IBS went away and 2 weeks later my right side does not hurt anymore. There is something bad wrong when one cannot purchase items at the local market that is deemed "good" for you and the junk nearly kills you! DO NOT USE TRUVIA - it is bad! I now just use simple syrup - equal parts of hot water to sugar - let sugar disolve and use as your sweetner. I will just keep my diet natural - no "artifical" anything!

19.  W in NC    Sunday, December 4, 2011

Would love to learn your 'list' of side effects...I have been drinking a Crystal Light Pure for over a year....a packet, for me, lasted 3 days a little added to the water to take to the gym...for the past 3 mos.+ have been experiencing painful symptoms as you have weakness of muscles,etc...debilitating ..rapid heart beat,etc.have been through lots of medical testing and all is clear....occurred to me last night to look up after 2 years wonder how long it will take for symptoms to subside if this is the link...

20.  Dfisher    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

no problems at this end. I love the stuff. diabetic...five yrs post I have lots of things I have to consider for my health. Knock on wood, but this is a fabulous product... super sensitive people with these posts makes me nervous...

21.  Barnowl1013    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Glad I found your site. I just tried Truvia granule for the 1st time about 2 weeks ago. Usually I buy Splenda but thought I'd give it a go. I have been using it since and have developed intestinal discomfort, along with loose bowel issues. This is very unusual for me since I eat very healthy with lots of veggies and fruit. My system is usually like clockwork, with Dr.OZ approved elimination.. But lately a mess and now thinking it's the Truvia since I've done nothing different. Not using it anymore!

22.  Cafegal50    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Update from me. Since my last post I have totally stopped using Truvia and my bowel movements have returned to normal. The mouth sore has not reoccurred either. I know some people reading this blog think that we are nuts, but there has to be some truth behind things if we all have similar issues.

23.  Liza356    Thursday, December 8, 2011

In response to finding out information below...I too, believe, that I am having an adverse reaction to Truvia. I wanted to replace most of my sugar with something else, so I bought Truvia on the recommendation of a respectable diet/book person. However, I have noticed that I am having the shakes and am still very hungry (what I call my "low blood sugar" days) after I have Truvia in my coffee in the morning. I am reacting the same way to Truvia as when I am "low blood sugaring" when I haven't had a chance to eat food in time for my body's needs. So I thought I would google it, and here I found you. Just wanted to add my two cents worth.

24.  websharp    Saturday, December 10, 2011

I used Truvia for a few days in my tea and developed severe diarreha. At first I thought it was the tea, but then my IBS flared severely from my stomach all the way down. My insides are still sore and flared. I stopped using the Truvia and my diarreha cleared up. I think this is a dangerous sweetenener. I've researched pure Stevia extract, which has been used for thousands of years in South America, and it doesn't have the side effect of Truvia, which has chemical additives. I'm going to try a pure Stevia extract, without any additives, and see how I do.

25.  DG    Sunday, December 11, 2011

All you guys must report all the specifics to FDA. That is the only way to get the truth out and a product evaluated correctly at the national levels. Please visit this FDA site for reporting --

26.  Louis    Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thanks all so much for these comments... Here's my input -

I was at the dentist this week for an annual check up and the dental hygienist asked how much sugar i was using in my coffee (my teeth were in good shape, by the way!) and I said (kinda proudly) "I don't, I use Truvia, about 2 packets a day (once in morning and once at night in my tea - I don't drink coffee" She replied I should stop using that stuff.. She had a friend who was using it regularly and she needed an unrelated stomach operation (although now I am thinking it might have been related!).. when they opened her up, they found this stuff just SITTING on the bottom of her stomach! In piles and mounds, as she put it! In other words, it DOES NOT digest!

Now that was just what I heard... and THAT is what prompted me to do research on the internet, and that's when I came across all of your posts.. and guess what- I have been having annoying back pains for about a month now. I'm pretty athletic so don't know where its coming from or how it happened. I am going to stop using Truvia immediately and hopefully in 48 hours, ill be good again! :)

The digestion thing is seriously scary. I'm not even sure I want to take Stevia now.. maybe just good old plain Sugar in the Raw if I must.. not white or bleached (also bad for you).

Louis (NY)

27.  Debbie    Friday, December 23, 2011

I have baked with truvia several times and have experienced terrible side effects - extreme abdominal cramps - back pain - trapped gas - constipation - vomiting. The pain lasted for hours through the night. When I bought this product I thought I was buying Stevia. Thanks for helping me make the connection.


28.  Erchek Sargo    Sunday, December 25, 2011

Panic attack is a sign and symptom of anaphylactic shock, a state the body adopts in response to the ingestion of substances not tolerated by the immune system, i.e. toxins . Adrenalin is the usual antidote, self-administered in specially susceptible individuals, as this has to be done promptly. You and your husband had a mild to medium rection judging by your description. I am not a qualified health care practitioner.

29.  Smart Person    Monday, December 26, 2011

Wow I just used Truvia 1 teaspoon in a cup of coffee and experienced explosive diarrhea. I couldn't even make it to the bathroom:(

30.  JS    Thursday, December 29, 2011

I had never heard of Truvia until I found this site, but I have been drinking SOBE "LifeWater" on and off since summer, figuring it was a good alternative to all the sugar in Gatorade. The #2 ingredient is Erythritol and a little farther down the list is "Reb A", which in parenthesis is called a Purified Stevia Extract. Just about EVERY TIME I had one of these drinks I ended up with a headache. I didn't put the two together for a while and decided to test it this week after not touching one for several weeks. I drank 10 ounces before going to bed and 8 hours later woke up with a whopper of a headache and went back to sleep after taking a pain killer. The headache was finally gone a couple of hours later. THANK YOU for all your posts, which confirmed my suspicions!

31.  Darl    Friday, December 30, 2011

I am a diabetic. I am using splenda and I was told by a nurse to try Truvia but after reading all the Truvia side effects I decided that I had to look into how to not use artificial sweetners and still control my diabeitis. How do I do this?

32.  Weddled    Saturday, December 31, 2011

not sure if its truvia, that maybe the problem but have had more headaches lately, I drink
ph and ionized water , so when I'm NOT drinking the water I find more abdominal pain. will probably go off truvia due to too many headaches. hate stevia , that tastes likean artificial sweetener to me.. too bitter. will have to look for something w/ no calories again....:(

33.  Cherry    Sunday, January 1, 2012

This website is a definitive answer for my search on why I started having extremely upper back (neck, shoulder joints) muscle pains just recently... I originally started using Xylitol as a sugar substitute, but due to iinconsistent availability I tried Stevia...didnt like the bitter taste...found Truvia and thought I had found the answer ... but all it is is the reason for the muscle pains ... Fifteen minutes approximately before writing this, I had an epiphany and popped a Xylitol gum into my mouth, and almost miraculously under five minutes the pains had subsided approximately 85%...!! Some other symptoms I was recently experiencing included: starchy food cravings; escessive appetite and quick weight gain (recently) ...I am not someone to gain weight easily as I have a metabolic rate that doesnt really allow it...but that was being interferred with. This makes sense to me simply because of the difference in the molecular makeup of these sugars and how they are digested.

Thanks! Relief is my 2012 gift because of your postings.

34.  Slarlock2000    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Truvia gives me a stomach ache if I use more than one packet a day.

35.  Crisann20    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I used 1/2 of 1 packet of Truvia & 30 minutes later broke out in hives ALL over my body. It's been 12 hours & I'm still getting hives. I'm not allergic to much, don't use alot of sweeteners but have probably tried each of them at least once & never had a reaction like this. What is in this stuff?

36.  Sarah    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

had my first and last packet of truvia yesterday. It was the only thing different in my diet and I woke up with the most severe migraine headache I've ever had. Back to sugar for me!

37.  Cats    Monday, January 9, 2012

You have to really research HONEST answers! Unfortunately we have manufaturers and Lying companies that will have these things *inserted* to sway people from one product to another. In China they call it business competition, her in the US we call it corporate poisoning. If Stevia or NUVIA is sold as a USDA ORGANIC product, you can usually trust it- otherwise- do your research- DO NOT TRUST opinions that may not even be real!!

38.  Yvonne Tovar-Beyer    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I started getting bad aches and pains in my back and hands. My hands felt as if I had horrible arthritis in them. I tried to think of what I had been doing that was different and I thought of the Truvia. I stopped using it and sure enough, the pain stopped in a couple of days. I thought maybe I was imagining things but I remembered that this happened another time when I had sampled the product for about a week.

It's strange and disturbing to read that others have had similar side effects. I know now that Truvia is bad stuff. I just tossed it in the trash.

39.  Jforsail    Saturday, January 14, 2012

I've had a headache come on after about 3 days, and the use of only one packet in my coffee. Before I knew better about artificial sweeteners, when in my 20's I put on an amazing 30 lbs when I consumed diet drinks. Obviously, we as people are getting either dumber or more trusting, because this garbage should be called LIEvia instead of Truvia. Terrible I say, terrible.

40.  Jeannie Beanie    Sunday, January 15, 2012

OMG.... I almost canceled my hip replacement surgery because of the severe explosive diarrhea I have been having for months. I was to have lab tests with 5 vials to put samples in at 5 different times, and left the kit out of town by accident. I now do not even think I will have these tests.... maybe stopping the Truvia will do it. I started with the Truvia in September of 2011 when I bit the bullet and went cold turkey off of diet Pepsi/CocaCola. I was told by my kids and friends that I was poisoning myself. I replaced that habit with McD's large unsweetened iced tea.... and a packet of Truvia, once or twice a day. I now think in looking back, that I have had this awful diarrhea for about that long. Sometimes it subsides,,, and even can turn to constipation... but I chalked that up to my IBS. Now I will start a water only regime... if I can... and see what happens. I am so glad I googled this problem and found this site. I have started so many folks on Truvia as it is a "natural plant" ... now may have to undo what I have done!!!! YIKES!!! OH... and yes, the bad headaches and back pain and shoulder pain. I have MS and have contributed most of my problems to that.

41.  Michael53mail    Sunday, January 15, 2012

Started using truvia and never associated my neck pain to the sweetener, I stopped using truvia , and my neck and shoulder pain ceased , this product can't be good for you , I wonder if I contracted any long term adverse affects from this product . FDA 's money machine stiles again

42.  Jerseytile08    Monday, January 16, 2012

I'll just say it....what the hell is wrong with everyone. Fact is EVERYONE'S side effect is different. Usually when something has a bad side effect it's usually pretty much the same across the board. But one person has bad breath, another abdominal pains, another headache, another has diarrhea, another had "carb craving" which is ridiculous. Whenever something pops on tv OHH I HAVE THAT...OHH IM GOING TO DIE!!!'s a's not of course it will affect the body. But the horrible feelings are all in everyone's head....

43.  Donyoung360    Monday, January 16, 2012

Iam a 75 yr. old male & diabetic I bought a box of Truvia yesterday it taste awful and
I have more gas than I need. Should take it off the market.

44.  Lynsi     Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ever since I started using TruVia about a year ago I have been getting headaches almost everyday. I am one to have 2 sometime 4 packets in my coffee in the morning and possibly 2 more in the afternoon with a cup. I have always only gotten headaches from dehydration but I would chug a bunch of water and I still had the headache and it stays all day long. After seeing this blog today I am giving the costco size box to the trash this stuff is for the birds.

45.  ConcernedBrit    Thursday, January 19, 2012

Do bear in mind that there may also be shills from companies that market competing sweeteners (i'm seeing a lot of mention of going back to splenda here, an artificial sweetener that google suggests has multiple equivalent sites to this one dotted around the web), they can't be happy about a product like truvia impinging on their chunk of the diet and healthy eating(hah) market, take all the opinions and "research" here with a good pinch of salt, if you're concerned about the potential for side effects from artificial sweeteners, and it's a reasonable concern, just eat sugar. Plain old refined cane sugar has been a part of our diets for an awfully long time now, it's not "good for you" as such but it's very definitely a known quantity and isn't particularly bad for you either, in moderation.

To recap,
Splenda: Internet says it's toxic
Aspartame: Internet says it's toxic
Truvia: Internet says it's toxic
Saccharin: Internet says it's toxic
Sugar: Internet probably says it's toxic
Vitamin C: Internet claims suppressed cure for cancer, AIDS and anything else
Internet: Not always entirely trustworthy.

Americans, drop your "sodas" and "Vitamin waters", they're bottled garbage, drink water, fruit juice and fruit squash(sweetened with sugar).

46.  Fasting 4Health    Thursday, January 19, 2012

I bought 2 boxes of Truvia from the Truvia website before it was available in stores. I used it the same as I used Splenda but the huge dose of sugar alcohols caused me terrible, terrible gastric distress that wouldn't go away. I think the tremendous gas and cramping triggered a histamine/allergic type reaction. I never finished the first box but I've had full blown Irritable Bowel Syndrome since trying it. I’ve had great difficulty eating and I’ve had to limit my diet (to the point where it is no longer very healthy) to prevent distress. Please… avoid sugar alcohols and sweeten some other way.

47.  Claquatra    Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just started using Truvia 5 days ago and one packet per day in a morning cup of tea. The first day I had an upset stomach and diarhea but didn't think a lot about it. The next day my stomach was so upset I didn't eat anything all day. It was so bad that I felt like if I opened my mouth to talk I would vomit. It was horrible! The next day was the same except that I also had severe abdominal pains. 4th and 5th day - same thing. I was so constipated I was miserable. So I started thinking that this probably wasn't a virus and started thinking about any changes I made in my diet and immediately realized Truvia was the only change. I immediately stopped used in and the side effects immediately disappeared. I don't understand why this is being publicized! Don't use Truvia!

48.  Joe Mel    Sunday, January 22, 2012

I was experiencing pain to the right side of my neck and shoulder and headaches localized to my right temple. I was taking tylenol which helped to relieve the pain, but it would always come back. I had no idea what could be causing the pain and headaches. Then it occurred to me that I had started using Truvia and Pure Via around the same time I started experiencing the pain and headaches. I looked on the internet to find out if anyone else had experienced this and was almost relieved to see that others had! This morning I had 2 packets of Pure Via with my coffee. I am now stopping use of Pure Via and Truvia, and I am anxious to see whether my right-sided pain and headaches will return. Will keep you posted!

49.  Jessica    Monday, January 23, 2012

I started trivia a week or so ago! I have never had a mouth sore until now! I looked up truvia and was amazed to see how many people also were getting them! I'm no longer using the stuff after reading this!

50.  Swk825    Monday, January 23, 2012

I also began using Truvia in my tea about a week ago. Loved the taste, however it is causing severe abdominal cramps, bloating, and diarrhea. It has to be this because I haven't changed anything else in my diet, no new meds., etc. I have also noticed the extreme fatigue that others have. I am falling asleep in the middle of the day, sleeping longer than usual. It's a shame because I actually liked the way it tasted.

51.  Rette090    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Started using Truvia first of the month, 1-2 packets a day in my coffee. I have started having abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Thought at first it was a GI virus. Stomach has not felt good all month. Also my fibromyalgia is off the chart, having migraines, pain in my hands, elbows and knees. Ended up in emergency room to get fluids. Just couldn't believe it was GI infections. Only new thing was Truvia, so I researched side effects and found this website. This stuff is horrible.

52.  Tammyhamsher    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I have been using Truvia and suffering from severe bloating, fatigue, and diarrhea. My muscles feel achy and I just feel awful. I've been eating healthy and drinking water, so I decided to look up Truvia online and see what is in it. I came across this page and I'm so glad I did. I am throwing the Truvia out! I'm curious to see if the bloating, gas, and diarrhea go away.

53.  Dml2006d    Friday, January 27, 2012

I have had pretty much the same issues with Truvia. Especially migranes and sore neck and shoulders. Also diarrhea and gas. Do not reccomend! I will be throwing away the rest!

54.  Tennisgirl61    Friday, January 27, 2012

I recently have begun to carefully watch my sugar and carbohydrate intake and have been following Jorge Cruise's plan. He is an advocate of Truvia. I had been using Stevia as I have gotten myself off of artificial sweeteners. Sometimes Stevia can have an aftertaste, so I thought I would try Truvia. I did like the taste better. However, I have been having horrible gas and abdominal bloating. Yesterday I used one pack of Truvia in my herbal tea and my abdomen blew up like a balloon - so painful. After reading all of these posts, I believe I will go back to the Stevia in the Raw. Thank you for all of your posts. It certainly helped me figure out what was wrong.

55.  Mandybear44    Saturday, January 28, 2012

I had one bite of this Truvia stuff at a wholesale grocery store taste of something and came home and basically passed out..exhaustion! It's now 7 hours later and I'm going to bed..still exhausted..also gave me a severe headache within 30 minutes!!! This stuff should be banned and they should NOT be sampling it without telling people there is fake sugar in their food/fluids! Horrible!

56.  Nani Gardenia    Sunday, January 29, 2012

I use several packets (5-10) of Truvia a day. I have been having symptoms not even listed here, but I found these symptoms under a separate article warning about Stevia. I have been having problems with Vertigo and extreme dizziness when I wake up in the morning. Also, my big toe on my left foot is completely numb and loss of sensation. I found these as side effects under the Stevia web site.

57.  Cindy Hall    Monday, January 30, 2012

I started using Truvia about a year ago to cut down on the amount of sugar I used in my tea. I experienced a lot of flatuence...but attributed it to my lactose intolerence. I also started having a lot of muscle pain, mostly in my shoulders. One morning it started on my left shoulder and seemed to move in to my chest. It was scary as I thought it might be the beginning of a heart attack. I threw away all the Truvia that was in the cabinet to see if the shoulder pain goes away.

58.  Justabitz    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I have been using Truvia for over a year now. I am happy to report that I have not had any of these "symptoms". I am also happy to report that I have now been taken off of my medicine for diabetes, I attribute that to the Truvia! My A1C1 was under 6! I will continue to use Truvia faithfully!

59.  Dante     Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I usually stay away from artificial sweeteners, but I just drank a Vitamin Water Zero with Truvia; a natural sweetener. Within 10 minutes I was rushing to the bathroom with horrible abdominal pains. Thanks, Truvia!

60.  Sdgarr    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I have several autoimmune disorders and had been having some health issues. I thought they were caused from the autoimmune disorders until I read the posts here. I was having sores in my mouth and nose, gas and bloating, trouble sleeping, muscle pain. I stopped the Truvia about 3 weeks ago and am feeling about 90 percent better. My husband was having severe neck and shoulder pain. It has also gotten better after he stopped using Truvia.

61.  Sdgarr    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

agave is a sweetener that does not raise blood sugar levels. It does take some getting used to

62.  Shasha    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I just use a little lemon juice in reverse osmosis water to drink. It helps detox and is healthy/cheap.

63.  Shasha    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Celiac (gluten/dairy/soy/sugar) may cause IBS/fatgue/dirrahea/gas....then it seems from reading this site that Truvia may make it worse or adds to it or itself causes the symptoms. Xyitol and Stevia are supposed to be safe. Truiva is not just Stevia. Diabetics who may use Truvia can be Celiac this may make symptoms worse. Maybe taking Stevia only may be ok. Truvia is Stevia and erythritol.

64.  Shasha    Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Erythritol has side effects. Truvia is Erthritol and Stevia. Has anyone tried Stevia only without FOS and been ok? Xylitol may be ok...but best maybe just alittle lemon juice (without preservatives) in reverse osmosis may help detox people.

65.  George E Gilbert    Friday, February 3, 2012

I have been using Truvia since I discovered it months and months ago to reduce my Sugar intake , I have noticed NO taste difference than sugar.
I use it mainly in my Coffee , One packet per cup, I drink ten to fifteen
cups a day. I have noticed NO side effects of any kind. I am 73, and am
always on the go. Feeling Great. Thanks

66.  carrie kinkade    Friday, February 3, 2012

Just bought Truvia a day ago, put one packet in my cappacino sast night and within an hour or so had bad upset stomach, gas, bloating and this moring diarrhea, needless to say will not be using it again. I eat well, workout etc. so I think I'll just stick to good old fashioned sugar, everything in moderation! Oh yea almost forgot about the awful tatse in my mouth, used mouth wash, brushed my teeth, nothing helped, still there now. My name is Carrie Kinkade and I'm so glad I'm not imahgining this. Just stop taking it, you never know how it's processed and what is addded to it. Good luck to everyone.

67.  jbmw1    Friday, February 3, 2012

I use it every day and I have no problems at all. I guess I'm the lucky one.

68.  Herbswizard    Saturday, February 4, 2012

What did you all expect? Truvia is about as natural as Aspartame. Even the erythritol is artificially fermented from GENETICALLY MODIFIED corn syrup. Corn syrup is not healthy either.
One of the commenters claims to follow an organic, healthy diet but uses Splenda! Since when was Splenda organic or healthy?
Even the Stevia in Truvia is not natural, it's a GM product.
Try REAL Stevia - it's GREEN.
Strange, isn't it? A few years ago they tried to get Stevia banned over here. Now it's genetically modified and processed and adulterated it has become 'good for you'.
That's business....

69.  Herbswizard    Saturday, February 4, 2012

It's owned by Coca-Cola. That alone should tell you to steer clear of it.
The process involves extraction with ethanol and methanol (METHYLATED SPIRIT), acetone (NAIL VARNISH SOLVENT), and acetone, acetonitrile, methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, isopropanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, tert-butanol, and mixtures thereof.
They all leave residues.
Also remember that erythritol is an artificially produced chemical which is the start point for PETN, the basis of plastic explosives.
Get real Stevia IT'S GREEN.

70.  Thetoddwhites    Saturday, February 4, 2012

I started using Truvia this week and developed vertigo the same day! I didn't put it together until this morning that I was using Truvia in my coffee in the morning and tea in the evening and my vertigo seemed to be worse at those times and clear up a little in the middle of the day when I wasn't using it. I have had periods of vertigo in the past, [twice, more than a year ago] but it's been too long ago now to connect it to any sweeteners or foods. My last Truvia use was yesterday afternoon and I'm already feeling better! I figured since it is "all natural" I didn't have to worry about using it. I stay away from the other artificial sweeteners religiously.

71.  Ezprosites    Sunday, February 5, 2012

I think a lot of the "side effects" could possibly be withdrawal from what you are going OFF of as opposed to it actually being side effects from the truvia. However some could be true allergic reactions since anyone can be allergic to anything at anytime. Try reading withdrawal symptoms from sugar, asparame, saccharine, caffeine, and other such things. Many of you will be surprised at what you find out. Some withdrawals are just as bad as some street drugs as well as pharmaceutical medicines. Some of the withdrawals can cause moderate to severe pain as well as mental disturbances. It makes sense also that if you stop using truvia and return to your regular sweetener that the withdrawals would stop, therefore causing you to think that it was the truvia causing the problems. I'm not a doctor or anything, but I have stidied this subject pretty in depth. I would at least take note of these things and do a little research before making up your mind.

72.  Marion    Monday, February 6, 2012

Thank goodness! I thought I had something really wrong with me! Since using Truvia( 3-4 times a day) I have had severe cramps, loose movements, itching and just lately back pain! Afraid it has to go. I thought it was a natural product, the effects are far from natural, quite frightening.

73.  Ladysundance    Monday, February 6, 2012

I too had severe diarrhea, cramps, headaches and felt as if I had a virus or something. I began an experiment with the foods and drink I had consumed and discovered Stevia in a zero calorie drink to be the problem. This Stevia made me so ill! I had never heard of this product before but now I know I should not be using anything that contains this sweetener. I too am glad I discovered this site. There should be more info about the side effects of Stevia available to the public.

74.  Christina Sims    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I used Truvia in a pot of tea..approximately 5 packets in a large pot of tea..After I dramk two cups of this tea, I began
to have severe burning abdomnal pain..I attributed the pain to the Truvia; and disposed of the truvia..I will not used this product again...

75.  JewlRee    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

well,I originally googled to find out if Truvia could cause gas problems,but after reading the varied "problems" brought on by Truvia,it really started helping me to realize that it could possibly the crux of my problems....................I have used it for about a month(I'am diabetic) I have gained weight,become lethargic,have that metalic taste in my mouth,and for about a week and a half,have been suffering from a burning,sometimes sharp pain in my neck/scapula area.Nothing seems to help aleviate it,ice,heat,muscle relaxer,accupressure,adjustments,ibuprophen,etc... untill reading these side effects,I couldn't have an idea,(for so many seeminly unconected problems)so this site truly brought some awareness to me!!! Thank you~ I'll be rethinking the use of it now~ Juliann,Sierra's of Ca.

76.  Alvin    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My name is Alvin Bengco from Guam. I would like to share my experience just this morning about using the Truvia as a alternative sweetener in my coffee this morning. This is my first time trying it since my wife recommend it to me for my morning coffee.sweetener at first it taste ok but before I finish my coffee, I felt lime I'm getting dizzy and starting to throw up. I felt my upper lip starting to numb and got itch all over my body. I don't know what chemicals on it that gives me negative reaction. I ask my wife to give me anti allergy medication right away. I will never recommend or use that Truvia anymore! They should not be selling this in the market. Somebody must do something about it before it will poison more consumer like me.

77.  Heather    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I normally use raw sugar after using Splenda for a year and hearing about all of the side effects. I decided to give Stevia in the raw a try. Starting on Monday I used 2 packets in my coffee in the morning and 2 in the evening before the gym. I've never had insomnia before, and on Tuesday night I couldn't sleep at all. I left work early to try to go home and get some sleep, and had insomnia again!! I eat healthy and work out regularly, and this is the only thing that has changed in my diet. It is very bizzare, my heart is racing even though I am completely exhausted. Will definitely not be using this anymore.

78.  Marialena    Thursday, February 9, 2012

I noticed that about an hour after taking 1 tsp of Erythritol sweetener I became very light headed, dizzy and fatigued. I almost passed out and had to stay in bed all day. It took me twice to of taking it to connect it to the sweetener.

79.  Paula    Thursday, February 9, 2012

I have been using Truvia for two weeks and I haven't experenced any of the side effects that I have read.

80.  Itsnowonder    Thursday, February 9, 2012

I started using Truvia when I received a store coupon. Not only did it not taste(metal) that great, I felt as if my lips were on fire. I reported this and did get a call from someone who recorded my symptoms and said I could return the product to the store. My only question is why is it still on store shelves? Only chemists know what they are putting in our food today, although I should call this poison rather than food. In the future, I am staying away from all these sweeteners which can cause all kinds of problems, which can be just as bad as sugar, maybe worse.

81.  Benice Shaw    Friday, February 10, 2012

I have been using this product for about 2 weeks, I have been experiencing diarrhea , sever migraines and asthma from it. This was the only new food I added to my diet during the last 2 weeks. Thank you for this site without it I would still be questioning what was causing my problems.

82.  Leo    Friday, February 10, 2012

Been using Truvia for three weeks now. Other than the "dry mouth" effect and specific taste it leaves in the mouth, can't say I noticed anything different.

83.  Liz    Friday, February 10, 2012

I have used Truvia for 2 years with no side effects at all

84.  Pam Rowland    Saturday, February 11, 2012

I tried Truvia for the first time today and had very scary side effects. I had just one sip
of tea and became extremly dizzy. I had to lay down and catch my breath. Obviously
there is some ingredient that I am allergic to. Can I get a refund? I won't be able to
use this product.

85.  Pam Rowland    Saturday, February 11, 2012

I understand how you felt. I got extremely dizzy after just on sip of tea with Truvia in it. Very scary! I am very allergic to aspirin but I don't know if that ha anything
to do with it.

86.  Stozian    Monday, February 13, 2012

Intense shoulder pain, such that I have trouble lifting arms overhead. Also, painful swollen joints in hands and feet. Eliminated truvia 2 days ago and symtoms are 80% improved. Learning to enjoy black coffee, not worth the painful side effects!

87.  Mom Ahrens    Monday, February 13, 2012

Has anyone reported elevated blood pressure when they changed to Truvia?

88.  Lynnerdh94    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I use a lot of Stevia and also Truvia on a daily basis. I have been having some "chest pains" of sorts and achy joints. I have not changed my diet otherwise. I also exercise and had a stress test a year ago and was told my heart was like a 20 year old. I am going back to my doctor for another check up because chest pain scares me. I am a 53 year old female.

89.  carole    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I have been using Truvia for several months. My liver enzymes are high. I wonder if it's due to the Truvia since it is an alcohol ?

90.  Mike    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My wife used 2 packets of Truvia in her coffee 2 days in a row.
The result was the same. At around 1.5 hrs, she had to go to
the bathroom and had diarrhea. Didn't figure out till after the 2nd
day that it was the Truvia. She seems to be sensitive to citric acid
and cannot eat much of strawberries or flavored potato chips or she
gets cold sores. She is also reacts to prolong contact with metal in
ear rings, rings necklaces etc. She is lactose sensitive and also with
peppers and bananas.

91.  Christine Barton    Thursday, February 16, 2012

I have been using Truvia for months now. Gradually things have been changing in my body. have been going crazy trying to determine why I am so sleepy, have headaches, terrible disruptions in my gut. Also my sense of smell is really wacko. I hope that I can get rid of these symptoms within a couple of days. It has eally begun to affect my ability to function, the sleepiness is wacko as are the stomach problems. Haave also had t he neck and shoulder pain which is different from my usual arthritis.

92.  guest    Friday, February 17, 2012

I started using Truvia Monday and have had itching all over my body . I have not used any other new item in my food.I didn't mind the taste at all. i will discontinue to see if the itching stops.

93.  Coco    Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ive had really bad headaches, stiff neck and shoulders and ulcers! and couldn't sleep!! ive thrown the packet away

94.  Lesli    Monday, February 20, 2012

so glad i found this! i have been consuming truvia for a couple months now. i gradually started getting lower back pain having no idea it could be due to the truvia. my lower back pain is now really bad. this morning though, i experienced an excrutiating side pain with my back pain. i tried to stand up and i blacked out! this was very scary! i've also had some bad head pain as well as neck pain. i just happened to look this up this morning because it's the only thing "new" i have added to my daily intake. wow! i'm quitting the stuvia and will hopefully get back to normal!

95.  Steve Gilbert    Monday, February 20, 2012

Simple advice for exceptional health - if God did not make it, do not put it in your mouth. Watch how much better you feel.

96.  Snartz91    Monday, February 20, 2012

Been using this product for three years, no problems...

97.  Suzan    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I started using Truvia in my coffee instead of my usual sugar. I used it for a week,
one packet daily, and developed a headache that lingered for four days and also
neck and shoulder pain. I quit using this product and symptoms have gone.
I didn't associate the headache with it at first, but the headache subsided
the first day without Truvia. I am sensitive to Aspartame and have had
migraines from it, too.

98.  Anne    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I was having terrible headaches and one of my friends at work pointed out to me that I was drinking coke zero and that she herself can't drink it because of the migraines it causes. I stopped - headaches stopped. I recently tried some Truvia because there were no sugar packets in the bin at a class I was taking. I woke up with the single worst headache I have ever had in my life!!! Vomiting, lying on the floor (and I have a high pain tolerance), so much so that my mom almost called an ambulance because she thought I was having a stroke or aneurysm or something (I'm 29!). I was so tired afterward that I could barely keep my eyes open and felt like I wasn't really "present" in my body. My arms and legs felt too heavy to move. I slept for 18 hours and took advil and excedrin and feel better. NEVER again will I try this product and discourage any one I know from doing the same!!

99.  Shirley Akinosho    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I started to use Truvia because I wanted an alternative to sugar. Thinking it was safe to use, I used it liberelly for about 3-4 months. One day I noticed pain in my kidney location, and couldn't figure out why. Then I thought it might be the Truvia. Right away I stopped using the product. I had just bought another 50 pack box, and fortunately, my local grocery gave me a refund after telling him I couldn't use the product. Truvia isn't cheap either, and I thought it was worth the money. Now I suffer from a terrible UTI that I have been battleing for about two weeks. I've decided that I don't really need to have sweetner in my tea, or anything else, and I'll never use Truvia again.
Shirley, Syracuse, NY

100.  Elysee80    Saturday, February 25, 2012

I started using Truvia as sugar substitute. two weeks later i stated having discomfort such as gaz and hard stools. by the 3rd week I ended up at the hospital with Big hemorrhoids. Am back using regular sugar.... truvia sucks

101.  FloridaGirl54    Saturday, February 25, 2012

Not sure if it's the Truvia, but coincidentally.since I started using it a month ago, I've suffered from stomach cramps, diarhea, bloating and pain in my abdomen. I'm not using it anymore and hoping that side effects will stop. This is the only change in my diet for the past month. Looking to get off all artificial sweatners and hoped the Truvia was my ticket....apparently NOT.

102.  KC    Sunday, February 26, 2012

I too am happy to have read these posts and also experiencing neck and shoulder pain. I wonder how many cases of misdiagnosed carpal tunnel are Truvia related?

103.  Marywebster50    Sunday, February 26, 2012

I bought Truvia trying to use as a sugar substitue and also am having serious neck pain and extremely bad abdominal pain and loose diarrhea. Will not use it again and will trash the bottle!

104.  Angelz70    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

ANYTHING that indicates sugar-free or "no sugar added" or promotes it as a Diabetic treat because it doesn’t affect glycemic index; doesn’t matter…..BAD BAD BAD! Check for the various names of sugar-alcohol (usually ending in -tol or -rol) such as Threitol; Erythritol; Glycerol; Glycol; Inositol; Arabitol; Xylitol; Ribitol; Mannitol; Sorbitol; Fucitol; Iditol; Maltitol and God knows more names are coming down the pike to confuse us consumers; but please keep this in mind; Sugar Alcohol is how laxatives are made and the FDA has required labeling on all foods containing sugar-alcohol to include the terms "laxative effect”; problem is, that is really not strong enough and eludes individuals to believe it is a mild effect (such as slight stool softening). That term does not reflect the actual gastrointestinal symptoms that sugar alcohol can cause, which include diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pain and far more severe in children. You may be able to consume 2mg and be fine, while another person who consumes 2mg might need an ER visit. Most importantly, when a restaurant advertises 'sugar free' apple pie; best advise is to decline and enjoy half a piece of the regular, all-american Apple pie. You will enjoy it, get more nutritional value from it, (Diarrhea takes a lot of your electrolytes and can dehydrate you very quickly) and you won't be running to the bathroom for the next 3 days like a few people I know who was not aware of this info. Just be cautious! :)

105.  Lowknows Its Bad    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Yesterday I purchased a box of Truvia packets for my wife and I to avoid sugar and honey as a sweetner. Today I used two packets to sweeten my tea and I feel horrible including weakness.

106.  Susie Bigelow    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am so glad I found this post. I have been using Truvia for about a year. I did not tie it to my achy joints and sore back. I've also noticed that I have felt tired. I am thrilled to know that there is an easy fix for my problems. I feel like I've been poisoning myself on accident! I thought I was just getting old.

Thank you!

107.  Valerie    Thursday, March 1, 2012

I just came off a diet where I lost 10 lbs and was in "maintenance" phase when the weight should be stable. I must have started using Truvia just at that time, because I almost immediately gained 5 lbs back and I couldn't figure out why! I had loose stools for a while and my period is late to boot (I'm definitely NOT pregnant). Your post was very encouraging and I will now see what happens when I stop the Truvia. I have also been craving food of all kinds and eating almonds like there's no tomorrow (as a substitute for carbs). So glad I found this blog!

108.  Valerie    Thursday, March 1, 2012

Great advice, Steve! Wish it was that easy. Even our fruits and vegetables are sprayed with chemicals of unknown potentcy, so unless you grow your own food, you're pretty much out of luck! I'm not mocking you, I believe you are right. It's just a very difficult and unrealistic standard to live up to in the United States. And the majority of people like their cake (and they eat it, too!)

109.  Lea_H    Sunday, March 4, 2012

I have bought a product called Natvia which is basically the same ingredients as truvia (I'm in Australia). I only used it two or three times, just a teaspoon in my coffee yesterday & the day before. This morning I woke up with hives all over my body! Have also had swollen glands & sore throat for two days, which I thought was a cold, but may also be a reaction, as I have no other cold symptoms. I have never had an allergic reaction to anything before (I'm 37) and this is the only new thing I can think of that i've come into contact with. I read that erythritol can cause this reaction in rare (?) cases. The rest of the box will be going in the bin, me thinks!

110.  Alan Wakefield    Sunday, March 4, 2012

I am an rabid ingredient label reader, among other things. I decided to examine the Truvia packets I "found" in my pantry. One of the first RED FLAGS I found when I Ixquicked Truvia, was "APPROVED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZANTION (WHO).
Having studied the CODEX, deadly vaccines (YouTube Bill Gates vaccines), food additives, chemtrails (YouTube them) and THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES (YouTube them), it was not difficult to conclude there is a well-advanced plan afoot to seriously reduce the world's population. The WHO is a agency of the "population reduction movement" and therefore NOT TO BE TRUSTED. Having seen the WHO endorsement for Truvia I did not have to see all the negative feedback on your website to convince me Truvia is simply another poison being used to achieve the population reduction objectives of the "environmentalists" of the New World Order.

111.  Sraneawright    Sunday, March 4, 2012

I use T ruvia regularly and have not experienced any of the noted symptoms.

112.  Thysongbird    Monday, March 5, 2012

Soo glad I found this sight. I have been suffereing from severe migranes and neck pain for several months. I assumed my headaches where from my spasms due to a rigourious workout called Insanity, which I had no problems 6 months ago before the truvia. I had no idea it was the Truvia until last night. for the past several months I have been eating a low calorrie snack frozen blueberris, strawberries, almonds and 2 truvia packets for a little added sweetness. Sooo yummy, but I have been suffering diabilitating migraines and nothing seemed to help, not even medicine. I went to the doctor and he prescrined a muscle relaxer and those didnt help unless I went to sleep. Last night, I had my favorite snack again, and almost immediatly after I ate the snack my head started hurting. Light bulb went of its the Truvia!!! I used to have my scack 2-3x a day which wold cause the sever migraines. What is in this stuff, I'm very concerned.

113.  Alicepmthomas    Thursday, March 8, 2012

Glad I looked at your site. I was about to try Truvia but I am 5 months pregnant so I always check out new things first. I am not even attempting it. Not worth the risk.

114.  Guest    Thursday, March 8, 2012

I started using Truvia as an alternative to Splenda a few weeks ago. I started having a lot of stomach pain, gas and bloating to where I was doubling over. I had to leave work early several times because of this thinking I had some kind of "bug," but since it lasted so long, I realized it was something else. So I had to really think about what I've been eating differently that would be causing this, and there is only one thing I've changed in my diet - the switch to Truvia. I eat a very healthy and clean low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet. I'm 36 and very healthy, and I've eaten this way for almost all of my life without any issues. I cut out Truvia, and all of the symptoms are gone! I'll never touch it again!

115.  Bathory313    Saturday, March 10, 2012

Switched from Splenda to Stevia in the raw....bad mistake! Used about 1 1/2 c of the stevia to make lemonade, ended up with severe migraine for 3 days! This stuff is going in the TRASH!

116.  Drew    Monday, March 12, 2012

If I drink one can of Blue Sky Free Rootbeer which has Truvia I get very gasy and bloated and my stomach starts to bubble and ache. A few months ago I drank a couple cans back to back and immediately started throwing up. I love the taste though and just today drank the stuff again and right now I feel the urge to barf again. I'm done with this stuff.

117.  skeeter    Monday, March 12, 2012

I am so glad I found this site. I have been using Truvia for over a year now and I never even thought about it being a problem for me. After I started using it, I started having chest pains, headaches, dizzy spells. I really thought something serious was going on. Had a physical all came out good. At that time we had made a major move and I had stopped using Truvia for awhile. I started back on my diet and started using Truvia again and here comes all the pains again. I even wonder now if that is why I stopped losing weight and even have been gaining it no matter what I was doing. After reading this site and putting things together, I really believe this has to do with the Truvia. I am not going to use this anymore and see my pains go away. And I am always feeling bloated too and I even cut out all the salt and really watched the sodium of me eating and it didn't change at all. Truvia is the only thing I can think that is causing so many problems I am having. I already had some today in my coffee, so I will report back after being off of in a couple of weeks to let you know how my health is doing. Thank you for this site.

118.  skeeter    Monday, March 12, 2012

OH wow, yesterday I was telling my hubby how I was hurting and didn't know why. then I woke up in the night hurting and I realized it was in the kidney area. It really scared me. And now reading this makes me wonder if that is why I am having the pain along with all the other pains I have been having for awhile which I am just now realizing that all these pains I have been having is after I started using Truvia. Thanks for sharing this.

119.  Sunshinelady512    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I have used the raw stevia from Trader Joe's before and had no problems, but recently bought a box of Truvia packets so I could carry the packets in my purse. This morning I had a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and sprinkled two packets on it and mixed one packet into my coffee. After I finished eating my oatmeal, I got severe abdominal cramps very similar to the muscle reaction I have to MSG. It was so bad that I couldn't stand up straight and had to go lie down.

120.  Looloolopsie    Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bowel symptoms are recognized as a side effect of erythritol, the sugar alcohol used in Truvia.

121.  DCGUY    Friday, March 16, 2012

I had the same exact experience! So upset it took me a week to figure out. I had upset stomach, gas, and loose stools for over a week! Do not use this stuff.

122.  Anonymous    Friday, March 16, 2012

I just bought my first lot of Truvia today. I had one packet in a cup of coffee this afternoon. Within 5 minutes I had the worst abdominal cramps I've ever had. I never suffer from this kind of thing! I've just woken up after falling asleep for two hours because I was in so much pain before. Needless to say I won't be using this product again. I was actually in so much pain it frightened me!

123.  jon    Saturday, March 17, 2012

I have been using truvia for a few months with no problems. If you are having digestive problems, then that is likely due to the sugar alcohol in the truvia.

Some of the symptoms are probably due to withdrawal from what whatever you stopped using, when you started truvia.

And some of the symptoms are probably due to allergies and some of the symptoms probably just coincided with when you started using truvia (I used truvia and later that day I got a headache. correlation doe not equal causation)

anyway, my point: I hate these people that are like "take it off the market!" yeah, well, you better take peanut butter off the market first, because I guarantee that peanut butter is 10x as dangerous and deadly as Truvia is.

124.  Jjonesphotos    Saturday, March 17, 2012

My daughter and I started using the water flavor packets that have truvia. Tasted delicious! After a week we realized that we both were having cramping and constipation. Stopped the truvia and problem went away. Inreading the side effects others have experienced, i wonder how long can this stuff stay on the market? I think real sugar in moderation is much healthier than the artificial sweeteners!

125.  DeborahMK    Saturday, March 17, 2012

This is not about Truvia but a Sobe drink sweetened with Erithrytol. My husband got a case of this Cranberry apple drink by Sobe. He started out with skin irritation on his face which we attributed to his being outside on a windy day. Then a day or so later, up all night with belly cramps and diarrhea. He has been very sleepy groggy and "goofy" the last 3 days and having headaches and no appetite. His being a recovered alcoholic and the behavior changes, I began to suspect he was off the wagon. Then I decided to read the label of this new drink since that was the only "new" item introduced and saw it was sweetened with this stuff - a sugar alcohol. From the fermentation of this in his "gut" the poor guy was having real problems with this. We are going to give the rest of the case away in the morning as it is obvious he doesn't tolerate it well at all. BIG LESSON LEARNED!

126.  Deborah MK    Saturday, March 17, 2012

I have been following a similar path weaned off sugar use Stevia for years now and can't stand overly sweet stuff. Almost no grains (everyone thinks I'm crazy on this one but I feel and look much better!)

127.  Danya54937    Saturday, March 17, 2012

I agree with Susie Bigelow made my dressing I have make as a diabetic and feel terrible all over from the Stevia. what is the difference from Stevia and Truvia. I will not b using it again. no sugar or no substitues is altogether better just add more spices and will do the trick. better for us also

128.  Elissa    Sunday, March 18, 2012

Just want to share my experience to further confirm there is a serious problem with Truvia. I have used all artificial sweeteners for years, most recently sucralose and stevia. I picked up a box of Truvia for no particular reason a few weeks ago--I thought it was a different brand name for stevia. I only use artificial sweeteners occasionally on morning cereal. After several bouts of SEVERE gas and abdominal pain along with aching joints and muscles, I began to wonder if I was getting the flu or developing some type of gluten or lactose intolerance. It took several days on an elimination diet to figure it out--Truvia is the culprit! This product should be clearly labeled as having possibly severe adverse side effects instead of claiming its so natural and great for the whole family. I will definitely be reading labels on sugar-free products more carefully.

129.  Haily Chime    Monday, March 19, 2012

I first tried Truvia packets to see if I liked it. No ill side effects. I now use stevia in the raw. No ill side effects. I chose stevia in the raw just because I could get a bigger for buck and liked it. Its unfortunate so many have had side effects. I personally like it myself. The taste doesn't bother me... and if it's loosening my stools... awesome! I hate constipation. The only other ingridgent in, Stevia In The Raw is Malodextrin which seems to be a filler/transmitter for the flavor. I don't have a sensitivity to it but some do. Something to be aware of.

130.  jc2099    Monday, March 19, 2012

I have been using truvia for over a month now, use 8 packets to sweeten a gallon of tea that I drink in 2 or 3 days.

I have not had any stomach issues, mouth sores, pain or sleep problems.

131.  bob    Monday, March 26, 2012

thats because if you give up sugar you will get with drawal effects so to avoid them give up honey and sugar slowly.

132.  Beth Damery    Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm glad that I found this site! I have used Truvia occasionally for a year or so now but I will stop immediately. I cannot say that I have noticed any side effects but I was not looking for any as I had switched to this thinking it was safe. Then I read that Coke makes it and if that is the case I definitely will not spend one more penny on it or put it in my mouth again! These big corporations want us addicted and coming back for more so no thank you Coke you can keep your chemically impaired product. (And Purvia is made by Pepsi so I hear) Isn't it just like the big food and beverage businesses in the USA to take a perfectly natural "safe" sweeter and morph it into a monster? America is waking up and I am thrilled to see it happening! How about pure wild organic honey for our sweetener? Doesn't that sound good and good for you?

133.  rheppn    Friday, March 30, 2012

For the next few months I will be subject to random urine testing as part of my recovery from alcoholism. Does anyone know if Truvia's metabolites can cause a positive alcohol urine screen? I bought some, hoping to support my husband with his new diagnosis of diabetes. And I am "allergic" to alcohol - makes me insane!

134.  Kelly    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wow. I'm both shocked and relieved. I've been using both stevia and truvia for the past year, off and on. I've recently been using quite a bit of truvia in iced coffee and in lemon water. I never would have thought that the constant neck, shoulder, upper back and head pain could be connected to a sweetner, but I've had this problem for three weeks. That's it for me. I've been feeling that something is really wrong, but couldn't think of any cause. Now I'm wondering, since so many have reported the neck and shoulder pain, if it might not be this product. No more truvia for me. I'm curious to see if this pain will go away.

135.  k straker    Sunday, April 8, 2012

i have been taking stevia chromium and inulin for two weeks now and the first week i felt faint like i was going to collapse and trapped wind in my chest that just wouldnt go. i was lightheaded and weak. it is only by chance that i checked it out as to anything new that i was taking that could be causing this. i feel apsolutely dreadful. i am not going to take this ever again

136.  Chris    Monday, April 9, 2012

I bought a box of this about 3 weeks ago, but was ruluctant to try it as I have not liked the taste of any artificial sweetners in the past. I had my daughter(14) make 2 quarts of Kool-Aide with it last night. So far there have been no problems. I hope that it stays that way as I am trying to find alternatives to soda for myself and to lose some weight. But if so many have been gaining weight using this I may try to find plain stevia at my local grocer.

137.  Meltucker72    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gosh! I ran across your website discussion about Truvia, in an attempt to research my newly purchased sugar-substitute, and I am shocked by the comments I've read!

My husband turned me on to Splenda, as a substitute for real sugar, about 3 months ago. Last week, he read an online article proclaiming that sucralose (splenda) is bad for you, while adding that Truvia is the best artificial sweetner on the market.

I started using Truvia just yesterday, and I can't believe how many people posted experiences similar to mine, in the past 24 hours.

Since the implementation of Truvia into my diet yesterday, I have been sneezing, feeling fatigued, experiencing headaches along with a sore throat, runny nose, aching jaw, and sore gums and tounge. I also felt unusually sleepy directly after drinking coffee (the only time I have used the Truvia sweetner). I must have drank at least 6 cups of coffee yesterday and felt tired all day long. I was puzzled by my excessive lack of energy just after having several cups of coffee, and now I think I know what was going on!!!

I wouldn't have thought that my symptoms could be attributed to a sweetner, but after reading so many testimonies on this site, I would have to be an idiot not to see the obvious correlation going on here between Truvia and the side effects mentioned.

Being a college science student, I am tempted to conduct an experiment with this new sugar-alcohol sweetner called Erythritol!!! I'm going to refrain from using it today. If my cold-like symptoms miraculously disappear, then I'll be sure to post my findings! Thanks for the heads up!!

138.  Pinktitanium    Saturday, April 14, 2012

I think the danger of Truvia is that it's main ingredient is actually Erythritol, a chemical sweetener, listed at the top of the ingredients and therefore the most prominent thing in the mix - they use the Stevia ('healthy' sweetener) as the promotable quality but actually it's not the main sweetener. Gross. I'm going to have to find some pure Stevia to try it out properly. Just binned my tub of Truvia after this discovery.

139.  kristy    Saturday, April 14, 2012

I have to share my experience with Truvia as it is a little different. We decided to try Truvia on strawberries to sweeten them up. Within about 2 days I started experiencing dizziness and couldn't shake it. It wasn't severe enough to see the doctor but it was enough to irritate me throughout the day. I do not have a past history with being light headed like this, nor any health issue that might relate. The only thing new we had introduced into our home was the Truvia. After a week and half of slight dizziness and only 2 nights of eating the strawberries, I finally decided to look up side effects of Truvia. I found this site and another site. The other site explains that there are neurological side effects with Truvia. I wanted to share in case anyone else has experienced the same symptoms. What a horrible product that just sits on every grocery store shelf!

140.  Terri    Sunday, April 15, 2012

I have been using Truvia for several months now and have had NO SIDE EFFECTS what so ever. I am diabetic, but have not had any "low sugar" issues either. No constipation, diarreah, no lethargy. Maybe you people have allergies to the Truvia, so it is your allergies that are causing the problem, no the Truvia

141.  Irbrenda    Sunday, April 15, 2012

I started using Truvia 2 years ago, 2 packets at a time for each cup of coffee. Have 2 cups in morning and a decaf in afternoon. Total of 6 packets daily.

Just to give a bit of history: I had a very strange stripey, blistery rash on top of my hands for a year. My nailbeds were inflamed and I had strange red raised spots on each finger. Tested completely and doctors thought I had lupus or dermatomyositis. Mt. Sinai Hospital in NY determined I was allergic to some herbal powdered vitamins from a nutritionist here. I was told to stop everything including Splenda. Took 3 years for the rash to completely subside.

Now, 2 years ago I started to use the Truvia. I workout daily, follow basically a vegetarian diet, and eat as naturally as possible....except for the Truvia addiction!

For the past 2 years now, I have again killed my skin, except it's not my hands. It's my arms, my thighs, my calves, and my ankles...covered with what I thought were insect bites. I have dry skin anyways, but this was something different. I also started having strange little red blisters that would appear occasionally in my mouth, on my tongue or the roof of my mouth. And I"ve had severe daily migraines, which I've attributed to the very stressful life I currently lead. I also feel sleep after 2 cups of caffeine coffee! Odd, because caffeine used to have a terrible effect on my heart...palpitations, irregular heartbeat, and jumpy feeling. Now I'm numbed from it to the point that I'll be working on my computer and fall asleep!

I am now convinced, after reading many of these posts, it's the Truva. I returned the new box of 300 to Costco yesterday. And I am going to try to kick this in the butt for a few weeks and see if my condition improves. I will post back here.

142.  Annilady69    Monday, April 16, 2012

SEVERE abdominal cramps...onlyused today in coffee. oh. my. word.

143.  Billy    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Truvia is fine with me, never had a problem.

144.  Irbrenda    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Now on Day 4 Truvia withdrawal. No longer itchy, no more red spot eruptions that itched to death, no migraines, no mouth sores. And I feel strangely calmer, even under severe stress at the moment. I'm just keeping tabs for a few weeks. PS: At least I know it's not bugs caused by my dog! Blamed the poor Yorkie for awhile!

145.  Mallyssa    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I started using truvia from splenda as the splenda caused severe body pain. the truvia isnt causeing the horrible side effects as listed..yet.... but is giving me horrible carb cravings..

146.  charlotte from Chicago    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I tried Truvia in place of Spenda... thinking it was a healthier choice. I only took one packet a day with breakfast coffee and didn't give it another thought. Went out for pizza on Friday and Saturday was having terrible bloating and cramps, which then went into constipation. I thought there was something wrong with the pizza, but my husband was not efected. What a terrible time I had. I was even taking hot tea with more Truvia to ease my pain, never thinking the Truvia was causing my illness. Went on line and discovered other individuals with the same side effects. It's been 4 days now since I stopped the Truvia.....I feel much better, but still have occasional cramping. I called the manufacturer and all they wanted to do was give me back my money. I don't want this to happen to anyone else. Thanks for your website.

147.  Anut4shasta    Friday, April 20, 2012

I tried Truvia in my coffee this morning. I only had a couple sips because it seemed too sweet to me. Before I got up from the table I was breaking out in hives! It was so bad I had to take 4 Benedryl to make the itching go away. Horrible stuff!!

148.  Katie    Sunday, April 22, 2012

I tried Truvia today for the first time. I used about a half packet three times today. I don't drink coffee or tea often and rarely have soda of any kind, but I had coffee this morning and tea at lunch and after dinner. All day I have felt sick to my stomach with a dry mouth and nausea. I didn't put two and two together until I had the tea just now. I had started to feel better around 5pm (it is now 10:50pm) but as soon as I finished that last cup of tea (herbal, just blueberry so no caffeine) I was hit with another intense wave a nausea, that was around 9pm and I still feel sick. I might try it again in a week or two just to confirm, but I'm pretty sure there is something wrong with this product, at the very least there should be a warning that some people may have adverse reactions.

149.  Irenet718    Monday, April 23, 2012

I am getting very angry right now, I have been in a lot of pain for the past few weeks, I never put it together with my use of Truvia. I have severe shoulder and knee pain. One shoulder then the other, also pain in my knees, sometimes 1 sometimes both, I have also fad pain in my wrists and ankles. I used Truvia for the last time today. I can only hope that as someone stated above,my pain will be gone in 2 days. My mother has also been having severe shoulder & back pain, for much longer than I have,she has gone through many tests, MRI, cat scan, & X-rays, with nothing being found to be wrong I called her as soon as I read some of the symptoms above, I hope this the answer for us. I will post then and let you know. Thanks for the info!
Irene Thompson. Wilmington, DD

150.  Gingeone    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bad taste lasting day and night. I started using truvia, never used it before with the vitamin B. Every morning I woke up with this terrible taste in my mouth..kinda metallic and everything tasted bad night and day. I was really getting worried that there was something wrong with me when I started looking at the one thing that was new to me..TRUVIA!!
I'm so glad I found this site as I am going to stop using this and see what happens.
Will let you know if this was the culprit.

151.  Gingeone    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WoW my left side has been hurting and thought I had pulled a muscle. Thanks for your post.

152.  Wytchwood    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just tried it for the first time, one packet in a cup of coffee.
I'm itching on my scalp and face..the rest of them is going in the garbage. Got them as a free sample with my Folger's coffee. Have never had a reaction with Sweet and Low, Splenda or the Blue stuff.

153.  pete    Friday, April 27, 2012

Ive had diarrhea for days now and ive been using truvia in my morning coffe for 3 days. I just sat down to check it out and see that others have had similar symptoms. Sitting here with a fresh cup of coffe ( using truvia ) and before I took a sip I just poured it out. Im sure this has caused my problems. Guys.. just use LESS sugar by slowly weening yourself once a week and in a month you wont even notice. Sugar is natural.. sitting on your ass without eating right or working out is what causes weight problems. MODERATION.. that way you can have your cake and eat it too. Just got another cup of coffe...mmmm.. sugar!

154.  Batsrfun    Sunday, April 29, 2012

The fact that they are blaming so many diverse and unrelated side effects on Truvia makes me doubt the credibility of the claims. I would like to see a study. Not anecdotal claims by people unknown, unverifiable , and unqualified. I do not see "research" here .
research uses empirical method. Not heresay.

155.  Perrone4    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Anyone out there experience "hot flashes" as a side effect of Truvia?

156.  Betty    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Truvia for about a week, Gradually over that week I became so exhausted I could hardly get out of bed. When I did get up. I felt like I was in a haze. Even dizzy, like I was going to fall over.
Just on a whim, I quit using it in my coffee yesterday morning. I felt dramatically better all day yesterday. So this morning when I had my coffee. Instead of using Truvia, I thought I would look up side effects. Apparently I am not the only one who felt exhausted while using Truvia.
Thank God it is only that, and I can quit using it. AT 57 years old, I was pretty scared that there was something very wrong with me.

157.  Burblie-Doo    Thursday, May 3, 2012

Began using Truvia 2 months ago because my husband said no more Splenda. I had no issues at first. Then I noticed my heart racing more and I was more tired than usual (more restless sleep). I had a dramatic increase in ocular migraines, weakness in my right leg and dizzy spells. I kind of blew it off and labeled it as stress. But, I am under less stress now than I was 6 months ago. Then the stomach pains started, doubled over in pain and like others here, barely made it to the bathroom in time. Did not use it yesterday and no stomach distress. Used it today and lo and behold, I was dashing to the bathroom. Also gain five pounds on this crap (I eat heathly and exercise daily). Splenda may be artifical but I never had any issues using it.

158.  Lisacjoyce    Thursday, May 3, 2012

I haven't had any reactions as severe as the others posted but I first tried sweetening a glass of iced tea with it and I thought it had a strange taste. So then I tried it on cold cereal and it was OK but it took a lot of packets to sweeten the tea and the cereal. So I just stopped using it.

159.  SPOTLIGHT44    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Truvia has had no side effects for me using 4 [packets a day for a year and it tastes better then Stevia.

160.  Trudy    Sunday, May 13, 2012

I am on a sugar, gluten, dairy free diet due to systemic candida overgrowth. I used 4 packets of Truvia in the morning and by the evening, became very dizzy, racing heart, felt terrible! Woke up with bad taste in mouth. I've been so careful with my food choices for the past month, was surprised with this reaction but feel mentally better after reading the above posts!

161.  Nancypalmeri    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Switched to truvia from splenda 3 days ago.i primarily use it in my coffee.I gained 5 lbs in one day.Swelling in my legs and fingers. Have been so sleepy and I got a head ache in the afternoon and I never get headaches. Switching back right away.( worse thing splenda ever did was mildly elevate my BP)

162.  Amy K.    Thursday, May 17, 2012

I feel for these people, but they may also have issues they are not aware of, such as low adrenal activity, thyroid, etc. I've used Truvia for weeks being on the hCG protocol and have had absolutely no side effects at all. In fact, I prefer it to sugar and S&L, as well as Splenda, as it bakes/cooks well with no aftertaste, like Splenda has.

163.  Jaxlb    Friday, May 18, 2012

My husband and I are both diabetic and on those occasions we have used Truvia we have had super-high blood sugar readings! And it's supposed to be approved for diabetics!! We won't be using it again

164.  bonibee    Friday, May 18, 2012

UPDATE: Well, it's been one month since I stopped using it. No more itchy spots, no more mouth sores, no falling asleep at my computer and falling off my chair (haha) after 2 huge cups of caffeine, no unusual headaches, no seizure-type moments for me.
I will say I have mitral valve prolapse (arrythmia of the heart and a leaky valve) for the past 30 years and caffeine always bothered me so I stopped using it. However, I am no longer bothered by caffeine (at age 63 I must be just freakin' old and immune to it) which surprises me, as I could not even have aspirin with caffeine. (have not tried that yet though).

For me to actually have fallen asleep after coffee with Truvia was just unbelievable! I am now using a plain old packet of Domino sugar and I will say it's not as sweet as the Truvia nor is my flavored coffee as enjoyable. But having no more of the above side effects is well worth the trade off! The seizures I mention are not full blown ones but focal seizures. They had become so infrequent over the years. But for the past 2 years, since starting the Truvia, they had escalated from once every few weeks, to one a week, to almost 4-5 times a week. They have not returned yet!

165.  Irbrenda    Friday, May 18, 2012

UPDATE: Well, it's been one month since I stopped using it. No more itchy spots, no more mouth sores, no falling asleep at my computer and falling off my chair (haha) after 2 huge cups of caffeine, no unusual headaches, no seizure-type moments for me.
I will say I have mitral valve prolapse (arrythmia of the heart and a leaky valve) for the past 30 years and caffeine always bothered me so I stopped using it. However, I am no longer bothered by caffeine (at age 63 I must be just freakin' old and immune to it) which surprises me, as I could not even have aspirin with caffeine. (have not tried that yet though).

For me to actually have fallen asleep after coffee with Truvia was just unbelievable! I am now using a plain old packet of Domino sugar and I will say it's not as sweet as the Truvia nor is my flavored coffee as enjoyable. But having no more of the above side effects is well worth the trade off! The seizures I mention are not full blown ones but focal seizures. They had become so infrequent over the years. But for the past 2 years, since starting the Truvia, they had escalated from once every few weeks, to one a week, to almost 4-5 times a week. They have not returned yet!

166.  sue    Saturday, May 19, 2012


167.  Kimberly A.    Monday, May 21, 2012

Decided to try this product. Loved the smell at first -- smelled like vanilla sugar to me. Added it to my iced tea -- trying to stop my Sweet Tea habit. No other dietary changes. Within days I had severe bloating, sour stomach, frequent belching and intestinal gas pain, general malaise but then I started to feel drowsy in the extreme. I was dropping off everywhere... standing in line at the grocery, at traffic lights, in the middle of conversations with people and shortly thereafter I started to experience kidney stone attacks. Small stone confirmed via CT, UTI, $$ for a trip to ER and prescriptions. So the chance that the kidney stone was related to this product? Not sure. I've had a history of a stone in the past so perhaps not related. Just thought the timing was interesting. It was the drowsiness, however, that really got my attention. In retrospect I SHOULD NOT have been driving. And it took nearly a week for symptoms to start to diminish. Scary product.

168.  Jan Berry    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I am on a liver cleanse via an herbal doctor.He has reduced me to meat and vegetables only.I had all the symptoms mention above without using Truvia before I started this cleanse .But,I still craved something sweet after starting this diet [it's to last three months].I'm about a week into it and the symptoms are less each day.I added the crystal lite pure as I had nothing but water and unsweetened tea to drink.I've had no ill effects.To day I looked up Gluten intolerance,Lactose intolerance,And Fruit intolerance,which all have the symptoms these people have and I did have.So I suspect that these people have one or more of these intolerances and that if they have diabetes perhaps a Sugar intolerance also and that some how the Truvia highlights this and makes it worse.I had tried Truvia in the past and thought it tasted awful.But 72 hrs. without sugar and all these other things I seem to have intolerances to, and the taste is remarkably good.I think the problem is over processed foods and no enzymes to digest with thus making everyone food intolerant ,myself,but that is just an opinion.The herbal doctor changed my vitamins from over the counter to organic ones that retain their enzymes,you see.If all my health problems disappear I may stay on this diet forever[yes,I feel that much better.]

169.  Cassie Hale    Thursday, May 24, 2012

I do get a stomachache after using a packet of Truvia in my iced tea or coffee. I know it's the Truvia because I haven't had one stomache since December, when I had my gallbladder removed. When I started using this about a month ago, I began having stomachaches again, and I only have one if I have Truvia, soooooo the logical conclusion would be that something in/about Truvia is upsetting my stomach.

170.  Dctim    Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I gave up aspartame two years ago and then sucralose (Splenda) not long after. I lost about 2 inches in my waist, and I'm not an overweigfht person. I then started consuming stevia in the form of "Zero" flavored water, thinking I was doing a good thing, but I've added some weight and often feel bloated. I decided today to stop the stevia as well and stick with water

I'm also of the mindset that these sweetners will someday be linked to cancer. It's only because of the powerful lobbies for the soft drink industry that it hasn't happened yet.

171.  LF    Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tried Truvia as a healthier alternative to Splenda. I have had three serious Kidney infections/UTIs in one month until I realized what was causing it. Never had one before. I do not recommend this product. I am bringing it all back!

172.  Back to Sugar for me    Thursday, May 31, 2012

I have never been able to eat any kind of artificial sweeteners because they all give me migraines. Stevia has never worked for me because I don't like the taste. So when Truvia came out I was really hopeful. I put some in iced tea and thought it was going to work but after about an hour I felt awful. It's hard to describe, almost like an altered mental state, not a painful migraine but something was going on. I ended up having to go to bed for the rest of the day. There are no FDA regulations or guidelines for the claim "All Natural" (like the claim "Organic" for instance) so Cargill (the manufacturer) can say that without really having proof that it is. They are using their own definition of "All Natural" here (to them high fructose corn syrup is all natural). I think the best course of action is to not use artificial sweeteners at all and use small amounts of sugar, honey or agave. That's what works best for me anyway.

173.  Back to Sugar for me    Thursday, May 31, 2012

I didn't withdraw from anything. I have never used artificial sweeteners (they all give me migraines) and tried the Truvia hoping I could cut out some calories but it made me feel weird. I know, weird is such a scientific term, but something with these alternative sweeteners makes my brain feel strange. Can't be good.

174.  Skyelynnnov03    Sunday, June 3, 2012

Been using truvia and other malitol products for sweetening and experienced a serious spike in abdominal discomfort that I usually experience as I am lactose intolerant. More strange gurgling, gas, bloating, pain, and loose stools, so bad that I have a colonoscopy scheduled this week! Then came the headaches....everyday, not to mention the excessive sleepiness in the morning after my coffee! After finding this sight, I will no longer be using ANYTHING made with truvia and switch to sugar in the raw when needing to sweeten my coffee or tea.

175.  Hunter88    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I started using Truvia a couple of days ago and I have IBS and within one to two hours of use, started having alot of abd pain. Then the next day, I had two packets again in my coffee. Within a few hours, the abdominals were going crazy, and had very loose diarrhea. Guess it's no good for me. Hunter88

176.  Shirlrae2    Thursday, June 7, 2012

I use Truvia every day. I am finding that my fingers are going numb. Wonder if it is the sweetner causing this. Recently read something to that effect. I am going to stop it immediately and hope my fingers return to normal. I also enjoy sugar free popscicles every night. I read that they contain aspertane. I am stopping those also and will post another comment if things clear up.

177.  Terri    Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wow! I just bought some Truvia but haven't opened it yet. I will be returning it asap and will buy stevia instead. Thanks for all the advice!

178.  Wrewlf    Sunday, June 17, 2012

I tried some I think I know where the terrible gas pains and stomach upset came from a few days ago...folks the best thing to use is powdered sugar cane juice or raw sugar, honey or maple syrup! My patients at work who are 75 to 100 years old...thats all they had!

179.  Debra Casey    Monday, June 18, 2012

I started taking Truvia about 2 months ago. I slowly began to feel different symptoms that I didn't associate with Truvia. I started to feel unusally tired and then began to get headaches and dizziness that I did not have before. Then my neck and shoulders started hurting. I had stomach pains, bloating, constipation and abdominal cramps. My face was swelling and I would feel flushed at times. It got to where I could not sleep well at night and it seemed that I just could not get enough air to breath. Then I became sick with a urinary track infection and my kidneys felt like they were on fire. I went to the doctor and she treated me for the UTI and said my kidneys should not be hurting like they were and wanted me to get follow up treatment. After taking the antibiotic the UTI was better but the stomach pains, severe kidney pains and all the other symptoms were still there. Ater having a conversation with my mother-in-law and stepson we figured out the only thing I had been doing differently in the last 2 months was starting to take the "healthier" Truvia. I stopped taking it immediately. Two days later almost all of the symptoms had dissappeared. It has been four days now since I stopped taking Truvia and all the symptoms are gone except some of the kidney pain and face swelling and that is getting less severe everyday. These symptoms did not happen all at one time and the longer I took Truvia more were added. I work outside in a plant nursery and some of these symptoms would seem natural but I have never had them this severe before. The kidney pain probably could have led to a much more serious condition if we had not figured this out. This product is very dangerous and should come with very noticeable warnings More than that it should be taken off the market and banned. Debra Casey - Milton, FL

180.  Sparrow Tahash    Monday, June 18, 2012

i had been having constant problems with yeast infections and then they stopped while I was out of Truvia. I started using Truvia again yesterday and today the symptoms have returned and Truvia is the only new thing in my diet.

181.  Cmthands    Friday, June 22, 2012

WOW! I just put two and two together.... I have been using Truvia for about 4 months and have noticed my hands and arms feeling really sore, almost like pulled muscles and joint pain... I know I do not have arthritis I am a healthy young woman. My fiance started using it a couple months ago and noticed his hands and arms feeling pain as well..... we just threw our Truvia away....he also has mouth sores from it and I have bloating and camping as well......UGH! I am so glad i stumbled on this website!!!!

182.  Steven    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I have been a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 25 years and have become VERY acutely aware of food products that contain toxins by taste and energetic quality. Knowing this, I was asked by a friend to try the Truvia product to see what I thought about it. I found that the product causes the same adverse reaction as aspartame, a.k.a. Splenda. My body reacts to it strongly as though it were a poison and was able to swallow only a little. This reaction is not illicited by flavor alone. I "feel" that it contains some toxin similar to something in Nutrasweet and Splenda and do not recommend it based on this observation. Stick with sugar, honey, maple syrup if you have to add a sweetener.

Steven Blackstone
Sacred Healing Tree
San Antonio, Texas.

183.  Firecapt    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I was a truvia user for 2 years and started having hives. I thought it was from my cats that i was allergic to. Yesterday my mom ran across an article relating to truvia and hives. I googled same and found this site. I was using 4 packets per day in my morning coffee. I stopped yesterday and my hives are starting to subside. Wow am i pleased my mom ran across the article. Im throwing away all the truvia in my house and will tell everybody about this toxin.

184.  Jmercury    Saturday, June 30, 2012

It's not the stevia in my case. I've used dried and powdered natural leaf stevia with NO problems. I've had all the muscular aches and pains since using stevia with ERYTHRITOL. The big nast E. Am going to go back to my natural stevia. The only problem with that is that it leaves a herby taste. Fine for tea, but not so much for cakes. Too bad, I'll go without until some sensible responsible company brings out a stevia sweetener that is just that. Stevia only, 100%.

185.  mary    Saturday, June 30, 2012

I had been using Truvia for about 4 months. Only 1/2 packet a day to slightly sweeten a drink. It seemed to have a better flavor and no aftertaste like Stevia which I've used for years. With the hot weather, I've been drinking more flavored drinks and my use of Truvia is up to 2 packs per day. 7 days ago I started feeling like I had the flu, and 24 hours later I can hardly function and the body aches were getting worse and worse. Went to the doctor and I have a Urinary Tract Infection. The doctor is stumped as to the swelling in my tissues. I severly ache from head to toe, including severe pain in my shoulders and neck but nothing standing out in one area, just all over pain. All the blood tests are "surprising normal". Unfortunately, I'm on antibotics (which I try so hard to stay away from). This morning, the possible Truvia connection came to mind and I found this site. Thanks to everyone who has posted. I'm done with the Truvia. I pray the pain and swelling subsides so I can get back to life.

186.  Newburcj    Sunday, July 1, 2012

Anecdotal evidence is interesting, but do any scientific studies back any of these adverse effects? If it can be proved that this product does, in fact, cause these reactions in some people, then it should be labeled with a warning.

I like to cook, and my wonderful wife has shown interest in some fruit "soups" that need cooking but are served cold for a summer menu. If I use this product as a sugar substitute, I need to know what chemical change will boiling Truvia for 10 to 15 minutes cause. Will there be thermal decomposition and what are their health effects? I'm off to do more Internet research!

187.  Gary    Monday, July 2, 2012

My wife asked me last week what was going on with my digestive system... I've had LOTS of gas since I started drinking Zevia (uses Reb A and erythritol). Didn't put it together 'till she asked me, but I then read the label and lo and behold, erythritol may cause gas and such! I had also noticed in the last weeks I was more tired than usual but I'd just changed jobs and thought it was the stress. Anecdotal evidence is good enough for me when I'm suffering the same exact symptoms as everyone else. Come to think of it (being lactose intolerant), the day I thought the restaurant put dairy in my chicken's Marsala sauce, I had drunk 3 cans of Zevia.... Probably the reason my bowels were a bit loose that day.

Anecdotal but a personal witness... Could be job stress, but not likely.

188.  Cathy Baird    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My experience is different. I used 1 packet in a 2 quart pitcher of green tea decaf and I didn't think it was sweet enough so I used 2 packets. After 1 week I became hyper and jittery. I had trouble focusing and it made me do things I normally wouldn't do. I have bad nerves and it must have clashed with my system. It took about 5 days of drinking water to get it out of my system.

189.  Polly5tano    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I started using truvia, 1 packet in morning coffee, two weeks ago. It seems to have affected my blood sugar levels. I have low blood sugar and really have to watch sugars and carbs.

I can't believe that I have had two episodes of ophthalmic migraines , in the last week. (for me, these episodes are usually triggered by the insulin drop/spike response to certain foods)

I'm not 100% certain that it's the Truvia, but that is the only change that I've made in my very carefully monitored diet.

190.  Cogicmarty    Saturday, July 7, 2012

I started using Truvia and experienced light headedness.. I stopped it for a few days then tried it again and the same thing happened. Also had stomach cramps that I hadn't associeated with it until I read this post.

191.  Tref Lessard    Thursday, July 12, 2012

When I told my physician that I was using Truvia for a sweetener, he told me to stop right away. I take Plavix for a blood thinner and he said that Truvia has a natural substance that thins the the blood even more. He also,said that cyanide is also a natural substance. He also told me not to take a low dose aspirin with Plavix as well. Plavix has everything necessary to do the job. Adding aspirin and Truvia can be quite dangerous.

192.  Tlcbrook    Saturday, July 14, 2012

I tried Truvia for the first time in a drink. One packet didn't seem to sweeten it, so I put in a second. In a few hours, I had gas, bloating and an overall sickening feeling in my stomach. I'm sure, after reading other posts, that it is from the Truvia. I will never use it again.

193.  Lfiore25    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I tried Truvia for the first time this weekend in my coffee. I drank about 1/3 and I had a sour taste and I then vomited. I was ok after that but now I don'y want to try it again.

194.  Helene    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I used Truvia for over a year and experienced severe, chronic, diarrhea. I finally figured out it was my "natural" sweetener (Truvia.) I threw it all in the trash. After almost 12 months of diarrhea, it stopped when I quit using Truvia. Now I'm fine.

195.  Cathy Art    Friday, July 20, 2012

Starbuck's new line of cold green coffee bean cooler drinks contains Erythritol, which is the product that is causing all the negative side effects in Trivia. I had some yesterday, and today have the mouth sore, join pain, headache and miserable GI symptoms. I am bummed Starbucks is using it as a sweetener. Steer clear of the new drinks if you are sensitive.

196.  Heather    Saturday, July 21, 2012

I have had a similar reaction to the ones posted above, especially the one by Chantel. I have used Truvia in small amounts only for the past 3 days. On day 2, I thought I may have to call an ambulance. I had severe palpitations, sweating, diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea, dizziness, frontal headache, chills, and overall feeling of doom and gloom. I also did not sleep for 2 nights running. It did not dawn on me until day 3 that the only change in my diet was the Truvia. Today, am having similar symptoms, but not as severe. This prompted me to Google for side effects. I am relieved to see the above. I will never use this product again.

197.  Desjoy4522    Monday, July 23, 2012

I only had one packet of Truvia in my tea, within half an hour I had the most awful gas and rumbling in my bowel. My tongue and roof of my mouth are so sore I can't eat, it burns like crazy. No Truvia for me!!

198.  kate    Thursday, July 26, 2012

read the label....It's made by Cargill, for god's sake. The stevia extract is gmo folks.

199.  Julioh    Friday, July 27, 2012

I have been using Truvia as a substitute for Splenda (which I was using as a sugar substitute) in iced tea. We used two level tablespoons for three quart of tea. I will drink three to six 12-oz. of tea a night. Since using the Truvia, I have been experiencing abdominal pain similar to appendicitis. In fact one night the pain was so bad, I nearly had my wife take me to the ER. Luckily, I notice the pain migrating across my belly and finally subsiding. I guess I need to go back saccharin.

200.  Toxic_Splenda    Sunday, July 29, 2012

Most of these posts (I do not want to say all of them) look like if they were done by people got paid by splenda or any other brand of the competition: bad breath of the Stevia and not the coffee... OMG guys, what a strange complains!!!!

201.  Philface    Monday, August 6, 2012

I just started using Truvia about a week ago. OMG, horrible constipation! One night I ate some chix peas in an indian dish, and it made me very gassy. The problem was the gas could not escape due to being so constipated from the truvia. It was so uncomfortable.

202.  SandiV    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I spent from 4am until 7am in the hospital this morning. We were switching from Sweet N Low to Truvia for my daughter since she lives with diarreah. Needless to say this was totally a wrong move on our part. My face swelled up twice its size my eyes were almost closed, my skin feels like leather and the itching is driving me crazy. They steroided me up with shots and pills and an epi pen just incase. What a nightmare. I used Walmarts generic with the extract and not the more expensive one. Needless to say in the garbage it went. Oh I forgot the diarreah I got from it too and foul odor. This stuff should be banned from the market and dont anyone out there try this stuff. If what you have is working dont stray away because the side effects are much worse than what were trying to accomplish.

203.  Webmariner    Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thanks to all for the helpful information on this website. Lately I have been trying to cut sugar out of my diet in an effort to lose some weight. I had fallen into the soda pop habit a few years ago and now I have the results staring back at me from the bathroom scale. I would be happy to loose 35 pounds. I have been trying some alternative non-sugar beverages like Crystal Light but I still have a concern about all the chemicals. I thought I would try something even more simple and basic - home-made lemonade. I decided to use Truvia mixed with lemon juice concentrate to make the lemonade, one of my favorite drinks. I mixed up 2 quarts of the lemonade using ¼ cup of Truvia to sweeten it. I drank some before going to work and took a one quart bottle of the lemonade to work with me. During the course of the day I drank the rest of the lemonade. In the middle of the day I began to feel bloated. I began to have what felt like gas pains, some moderately painful and of longer than usual duration. I noticed that I felt unusually tired and had to force myself to keep motivated to get anything done. Then I had to start running to the bathroom with what seemed to be diarrhea and bouts of gas, except there was just slimy mucus with bright red spots of blood. I was beginning to be alarmed. By the time I got home from work I was beginning to feel even worse. My abdomen was sore from all the gas attack stress and I had that general “sick” feeling. I was in and out of the bathroom about every hour with the slimy mucus and bright red blood spots, but no regular bowel movement. I called my boss to tell him that I would not be in to work the next day. Calling in sick is highly unusual for me. I had a feeling that this was going to be “a long haul” before I felt well enough to go to work. I took what ever measures I could think of to combat the symptoms. I took pain reliever for the intestinal cramps and the body aches that began to develop, mostly in my lower back. Since I felt like I was becoming constipated, I took a colon cleanser that I have used with great success to help move things along. I took something to relieve the gas. I went to bed early and tried to get as much rest as possible. As it was, I was up and down all night long with trips to the bathroom. The next day I was a little better, but I was not out of the woods yet. I looked up on Google “Blood in my stools” and found at the top of the list “Cancer.” That’s enough to chill anyone’s day. Throughout all my 65 years, I have rarely noticed any blood in my stools, usually attributed to a bout of constipation or a recent illness. I consider myself to be fairly healthy, I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs, and try to take care of myself. I recently had a job in which I walked 10 miles a day, some of it in the Arizona summer heat - up to 115 degrees. I am just a very active guy. Anyway, the next day was dedicated to resting and taking whatever symptomatic helps seemed appropriate. I ate a few times, though not very much. No bowel movement at all that day, just a few bloody mucus and gas events. I began to feel a little better. Back to bed and more rest. In the evening I looked up on Google out of curiosity and desperation “truvia side affects.” I found your website and read everything there. All my questions were answered and my worst fears of the big “C” word were alleviated. Like every story on this website, my problem was TRUVIA. I went to refrigerator and dumped out the rest of the Truvia lemonade. When I went to bed that evening, I took some more of my colon cleanser to help flush the Truvia out of my system. It is also a deep cellular cleanser that helps to detoxify the whole body. I also took an extra dose of another supplement that helps things to heal up really fast. I slept better that night for lots of reasons. I still had a little of that “sick” feeling but I knew that the end was in sight. The next day I went to work. Soon after arriving at work I had to run to the bathroom for a good reason. My colon cleanser finally kicked in big time. After two more follow-up trips to the bathroom, I started to feel really “normal” again. In fact, I felt really good. I think I will take the rest of the jar of Truvia back to the store I bought it at and get my money back. I doubt they will put it off the shelf because of my complaint. Thanks to all again for this website and all the precious stories that have helped so many so much. R. Brown

204.  Courtney406    Thursday, August 9, 2012

I eat very healthily. I decided to try truvia. I put it in coffee, 2 tablespoons, and had 2 cups of coffee. Within a couple hours I felt terrible. Headache, bloated, terrible gas. The only thing I did different today was the truvia. So I googled side effects and found this site. I am posting this at 2 am as I'm awake because I still feel terrible.

205.  Pcolonies    Thursday, August 9, 2012

After using Truvia for two weeks I experienced severe bloating, cramping, explosive gas and constipation. Severe enough to take a trip to the ER. After two colonoscopy's and one CT-SCAN showing severe constipation TRUVIA was ruled to be the culprit. After two days off of TRUVIA I am feeling back to normal. PLEASE DO NOT USE TRUVIA! unless you like going to the Emergency Room!

206.  Fl53    Saturday, August 11, 2012

I have stopped using this stuff. I have been to the washroom on a hour to hour basis. Thinking the best thing to do is have tea in its' natural tasting state and get off this stuff.

207.  yall    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

i tried truvia and after a wk i could not stop coughing. I coughed for several days NON STOP. I finally figured out it was the damn truvia. so out it goes. and i had a terrible yeast infection and the shits.

208.  Mark    Friday, August 17, 2012

Why don't you use pure Stevia or Xlitol

209.  Mark    Friday, August 17, 2012

You don't need "scientific studies" to tell if something is bad for you.

Just buy stevia or Xlitol instead.

210.  disqus_gBh799FFtl    Thursday, August 23, 2012

Well another sugar sweetener bites the dust! I have been using truvia for months now! I have been symptom free until recently. Internal itching and pain, and extreme fatigue at various times of the day. Lipton came out with decafanated ice tea bags that you can make with cold I have been drinking that with a tsp of truvia to sweeten it. After reading here and putting one and one together I'm discontinuing it.

211.  Dee    Friday, August 24, 2012

The problem is that Truvia is a highly processed chemical product manufactured in a lab that is riding the Stevia wave.

212.  Mary Rojas    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I just started to use truvia, about 3 day's ago, the last 2 day's I felt sick to my stomach, and had the worst diarrhea, ever, didn't put 2and 2 together untill I came upon this site. And noticed that a lot of other people were having these symptom's also.
I will be going back to splenda now, I really think that a Lawyer should be Introduced to these symptom's, and get truvia off the market before someone die's.

213.  Heather Burton    Friday, September 7, 2012

OK, first let me say that I am not a health nut or overprotective mother. My 13 year old daughter and I drink Glaceau Vitamin water. Recently I discovered that it has high fructose corn syrup so (thinking it was a healthy alternative to high fructose corn syrup) I started buying Glaceau Vitamin water Zero. Around the same time my daughter started complaining about her stomach hurting. After 2 months of her consistently complaining about her stomach hurting, nausea, rumbling in her upper intestines, gas, occasional diarrhea, and two visits to the Dr. with no results I went into Mom mode. I was on a mission to figure out what was wrong with her. I knew that she was fine when she stayed three weeks with my mother over the summer. I started researching 'intestinal pain' and references to 'Truvia' caught my attention - what was that? I research further and discovered it was in sugar free drinks (including Glaceau Vitamin water Zero), sugar free gums, sugar free hard and soft candies. I discovered it is (or contains) Erythritol - what was that? A 'sugar alcohol' (don't let the name fool you it is not a sugar or an alcohol - its chemical breakdown looks like that of a sugar or alcohol so that's where sugar alcohols get their name). It comes from corn, the starch is separated, the sugar is then separated from the starch through a fermentation process and then crystalized (check that I could have missed something.) When consumed it is almost entirely absorbed by your small intestine, enters the bloodstream and is peed out; the remainder however, is left to be digested and it is very difficult to digest. It is clear to see why people complain then of itestinal pain, rumblings, nausea, gas, etc. My understanding is that up until recently Erythritol has been used in other foods just in a smaller amount or concentration so when they began putting it in drinks, gum, candies (although in larger amounts perhaps) they were able to obtain GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) approval from the FDA. The result, is a bunch of sick people including my daughter. I had her stop drinking the Vitamin water Zero and 2 months worth of stomach pain, intestinal pain and rumbling, nausea, gas, etc. ended in 24-48 hours. I hope this helps someone. I called and reported it to the FDA, completed an online complaint and also reported it it Glaceau Vitamin water on 09/06/2012.

214.  Heather Burton    Friday, September 7, 2012

Erythritol is not entirely absorbed by the small intestine which is exactly why there are so many complaints about stomach pain, intestinal pain, nausea, gas, bloating, rumbling. Please do your research.

215.  Mary    Friday, September 7, 2012

Ohhhhh. I wish your statement - "it is what it is" really referred to natural fruit alcohol.
When I had the reaction that nearly caused by kidneys to shut down, and determined it was Truvia related, my husband was very concerned. When we found out about Erythritol being the base for Truvia, he was familiar with it because his company makes it. He works for a chemical company. YES a chemical company. Erythritol is another product distilled off during the production of acetic acid. The base product used to produce chemicals is crude oil. Customers for acetic acid processing companies. Acetic acid is used to make vinegar. Most of the salad dressings, pickles, and other condiments contain vinegar that has not come from apples or apple cider. "Rethink everything you eat!" No longer assume that you know where the ingredients come from, and that "it's been around forever and comes from fruit, etc". To easily and conveniently feed the masses of people who grab items from grocery shelves, food suppliers adopted chemical replacements years ago to keep the costs down and control the standards of products passing through assembly lines so they achieve the same taste bottle after bottle, jar after jar.
So although Erythritol is touted as being a fruit alcohol, it too, long ago was sent to the lab and a chemical "twin" developed. This website contains just a partial list of chemical companies producing this product.
The most maddening part of all of this, is that more and more companies are using the same base product and renaming it as something new and better. Here are just a few, Rebiana, Reb A, PureVia, Sunnett.... I'm sure others watching carefully have noted more "new natural sweetner" names.

216.  Rebecca    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I have had issues with my blood sugar dropping within a couple of hours of using Truvia. Felt sick - after drinking a little apple juice, I felt better. It took me a couple of days to realize what it was. I thought it was stress at first.

217.  Tracy    Friday, October 12, 2012

Truvia is NOT good...STEVIA is good. Use 100% PURE STEVIA and you won't have these problems (unless you're allergic to stevia).

218.  BITTERTASTE    Saturday, October 13, 2012

Truvia smells very strange and I found it had a horrible after taste from the first use, this after taste taints other food and their tastes and for days afterwards. It also started to make us feel quite sick and frequently. Nasty stuff! AVOID!!!

219.  Elizabeth Braun    Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chris - being natural doesn't mean a substance is without dangers. There are numerous poisons in the natural world. Deadly nightshade, anyone?

I too have been having some awful stomach and viral-type symptoms recently and, yes, Truvia is the only new addition to my diet. AND I hardly have any - just a fraction of a teaspoon sprinkled onto a Weetabix! Given all the adverse reactions I've seen reported on-line, I think I've found the reason for my illness, esp. as the symptoms increased after I had another Weetabix just a few minutes ago...

Back to small amounts of brown sugar instead!

220.  Mary B, Nebraska    Monday, October 22, 2012

I started using Stevia, then Truvia two months ago when I started a new diet/exercise routine. I wa using up to eight packets throughout the mornings in my coffee. I didn't notice any adverse reactions in the first month, then during the second month, I started having bouts and bouts of diarrhea every day. After two weeks of this, I experimented by not using anything in my coffee for a week. Today I used Truvia in my coffee and the horrible diarrhea is back. No coincidence, very conclusive to me.

221.  Donna    Friday, October 26, 2012

I for one don't need anymore medical evidence other than the fact I spent the night in the hospital because I believe that the use of Truvia caused AF. It was a good thing I have a pacemaker/defibrillator in place. The doctor said it was the kind of incident that kills before you can get help, that is if you don't have a pacemaker/defibrillator. A little scary? No it was down right shocking, which is what that thing is meant to do. I never noticed any other symptoms except anxiety.

222.  Suz    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I too am pleased to find this website and I too, like MANY, have had like symptoms: extreme bloating, gas, cramps, etc. I had been putting Truvia in my morning coffee and noticed these symptoms starting within 10 or so minutes of drinking the coffee. I have had "digestion" issues for years so I thought those were starting up again. They had subsided over the past couple of years. The "new" symptoms lasted at least all day and sometimes into the night. Oftentimes, my stomach was hurting so badly that I did not eat dinner. About 2 weeks ago I stopped Truvia and went back to Stevia. No cramps, bloating. I don't care as much for the Stevia so I'm going back to unrefined sugar-raw sugar. I don't need much sweetner so go ole' fashioned sugar will have to do for me.

223.  Cindy Teel    Monday, November 19, 2012

Perhaps it is not each item by itself that is the problem but rather the combination.

224.  flowermeadow1    Thursday, November 29, 2012

I have been using Stevia for about 3 years I even grow my own and dry it for stewing fruit and have never had any bad reaction. After 2 days of using TRUVIA about 5 sachets My knees were so painful ,just like when I had used aspartame in the past but much worse.I thought this was all Stevia but was mistaken. Bad product steer clear.there are good stevia products out there that are excellent ,this is not one of them

225.  Shorttime    Thursday, December 6, 2012

I tried a new alcoholic beverage label as " Skinny" and immediately had stomach issues, loose stool, gas, bloating and pain. I didn't realize the beverage contained Truvia and tried a lot of otc remedies.
We went away for a week and my symptoms got better. Back at home I drank the beverage again and the symptoms are back. This is when I realized what was causing the issues and searched the net for Truvia.
I have since,five days, not had the beverage again and the symptoms are clearing up.

Is there anything that can detox your body from Truvia that would assist in eliminating the symptoms quicker?

226.  insightstolife    Friday, December 21, 2012

I am so glad I stumbled upon this website. I have been drinking flavored water for months. I chose to switch to a cheaper brand about a month ago----Glaceau's Zero Vitamin Water made with what? You guessed it....TRUVIA! I saw my pain doctor for my back issues about 2 1/2 weeks ago for my monthly check-up and explained to him that I was experiencing terrible muscle and joint pain in my toes and especially at night, like charlie horses. I mean, they were terrible. I was concerned it was possibly A) a medication interaction going on with all the drugs I was on or B) dehydration or C) a side effect from any of all the drugs I am on. He thought I was low on potassium and electrolytes, so suggested I switch over to drinking Powerade and drinks of that nature. So I did as I was told. A week later, while still drinking Glaceau's Zero Vitamin Water made with TRUVIA as well, I was still in extreme pain in my toes and very inflamed, but now my fingers felt arthritic too and swollen. And I couldn't even get my rings off. Called my MD and saw her. She told me that the sodium in the sports drink is what caused the swelling and suggested I take a supplement instead. So I stopped the sports drink, took the supplement instead but kept drinking Glaceau's Zero's Vitamin Water made with TRUVIA. After 5 days my big toes and fingers were still puffy, swollen and sore. My joints felt like they were filled with arthritis. Every night I was still waking up in severe pain with charlies horses. And when did it all stop? The night I found this website and stopped my intake of TRUVIA.

227.  nedrickhunch    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I gained a lot of problems and other symptoms after taking Truvia. Kidney problems, speech difficulty. It was the kidney problem that I spent lots of money on that made think about when the problems started to occur. The day after I started using Truvia. I have two unopened boxes of this crap. What do I do with the overpriced product that caused myself and a lot of others bad reactions?

228.  Barbara63    Saturday, January 26, 2013

The significant reactions I've had to a product containing erythritol are the same reactions people have had to Truvia. I have been using a protein powder made by a well-known, respected company for about six weeks and have been having gastrointestinal symptoms, hives and intestine sounds plus gas, which I NEVER have, in addition to an unpleasant taste in my mouth after ingesting the product and in the morning.

We need to be aware of all products containing erythritol.

In December 2012 there was a big advertising campaign in New York City by Truvia, where they encouraged people to ask their favorite restaurants to use Truvia as a sweetener - - - - - BAD IDEA !

Thank you for this forum and for helping me solve the mystery of why I was feeling so badly.

Earlier, someone suggested we don't mess with Mother Nature; I firmly agree.


229.  'Lorreen Malone    Monday, January 28, 2013

I started using Truvia last summer, trying to get in better shape for my trip to Yosemite. Shortely after I began having problems with insomnia. I would wake up 3 - 4 time during the night and around 3AM would not be able to go back to sleep. I couldn't figure out what was going on since I was exercising more than normal and eating healthier. I finally realized that the only change I made besides the exercise and eating healthier was the Truvia so I stopped using it last week. Within a few days I am back to getting my 8 hours of sleep and feel so much better. The small amount of sugar it replaced in my diet is easier to work off when I have the energy to exercise - no more Truvia for me!

230.  Lorrie Miller    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I didn't notice that Cargill made it but I'm not surprised. I did some research on it and noticed that erythritol was made from GMO plants. That doesn't surprise me. I bought it for my husband, but when I read up on it, I tossed it. I think he only used it for two days. But he was complaining about bloating and being loose. So he's back to using Sun Crystals, and me, I use organic, non processed sugar. I also intend to grow stevia this year in my garden and see what's involved with dehydrating it and using it. Just goes to show, when you mess with nature it comes back to bite you. Lorrie

231.  Lorrie Miller    Saturday, February 9, 2013

you know, not only was sugar all they had to use, it wasn't shoved into every single thing they ate. I mean pick up just about any packaged product in the store and there is at least some sugar (usually in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is almost as bad as the sugar substitutes) in it and tons of sodium. It's not the sugar we get out of the sugar bowl, and the salt from the salt shaker that's killing us, it's the companies that shove it in every processed thing we eat.

232.  Tony Cozzolino    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

i'm a diabetic and was going to make a switch over from splenda to the truvia, but now i think i will go without any kind of sweetener at all...this shit is very very scary.

233.  Sueume    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My 15-year-old daughter has been having problems with her heart racing and then afterward feeling very exhausted. We had narrowed things down and thought that she was having a strong reaction to caffeine, but then just today she was drinking some soda water with lemon and Truvia and started having the heart racing (having had no caffeine today at all). We then realized that she had also had Truvia in her tea when she experienced the heart racing before. Has anyone had this particular adverse effect with Truvia?

234.  carol carr    Monday, March 18, 2013

Has anyone else noticed swelling of the face and puffiness around the eyes.I used trivia six months ago and then stopped.I restarted using it as a sweetener in tea a month ago and the same things are happening me again,also I feel unwell generally in the same ways I did when previously consuming trivia:in a haze,listless and only dawned on me a few days ago why I felt this way again.I am going to try honey as an aalternative to sugar now.I feel I've been lied to by the claim that trivia is safe and natural.


235.    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I was using truvia for awhile and thought my mood changes, for the worse, were due to stress, so I went off the truvia and my mood was much better. Just to be sure, I tried it again one day and I was back to my ugly self.

236.  Sweetie    Thursday, March 21, 2013

And soy, too...can interfere with thyroid med and....I read this because I started having an extremely dry mouth & lately a soapy taste, it may not be Truvia, but think I will switch to sugar for a bit & maybe back to Stevia.

237.  Sweetie    Thursday, March 21, 2013

Perhaps, I attributed it to ginseng & gingko biloba in vitamins I was taking but maybe Truvia as well. Might want to have her checked by heart dr.- dark chocolate has theobromine which can affect heart rate. (But I eat it anyway)

238.  Kellye Janis    Monday, March 25, 2013

I am happy to find this site; thought I was loosing my mind. It did not dawn on me that what was happening to me could be the Truvia. I ended up with having panic attacks, racing heart, the same symptoms associated with blood pressure or sugar problems. The Dr coundln't find anthing wrong and probly though I was looney too. I didn't associate the bathroom issues to Truvia until I read posts here. Thinking back I also ached and felt sick all the time. Many times I felt like I was going to pass out. I was using Truvia for months and promoting it to family and friends. Once I stopped it took a day or two for all the symptoms to stop but it was noticable. Happy to report the panic attacks stopped. How un-nerving it is to purchase something promoted for a better, healthier alternative and get sick from it. Very sad.

239.  disqus_9SisDa4UIs    Saturday, March 30, 2013

I have used Truvia for a few months and wondering why headaches,shoulder and neck issues. I just made iced tea and added truvia and notice a allergic reaction. I have been wondering what was making my eyes water and I had a sore inside my mouth. Something told me its the Truvia and I jumped online and here is everyone talking about truvia. I am going to stop using it tonight and see the different. I had loose bowels too

240.  Bettiann Lloyd    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Well....within 3 weeks of using Truvia in my morning coffee, and that's all, I began having stomach pain like menstrual cramping. I wracked my brain to think of what I had added that was new to my diet, and Truvia was the only thing I could come up with. I immediately began to do my research and talked with my physician who supported my feeling that the erythritol was probably the culprit. I quit and went to Stevia (pure Stevia), and the pains immediately subsided. Never had a problem since.

241.  Guest    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

someone gave me some "truvia",its supposed to be a natural sweetener,erythritol and stevia.of course,my dumb groggy behind put some in my coffee just a bit ago before googling it....instant tongue sores,instant loose stools,and i mean instant...googled and found this site just now.incredible what they can market as "food" anymore,or "safe" for that matter.insane.thanks for this site,glad to have found it to confirm without doubt that it is this misrepresented,what times we live in

242.  Guest    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

well good,so when it kills you you can blame something else.i mean,your reading peoples instant first hand reactions to this product...turn off your tv man,industry funded "science" is a fraud

243.  francis james    Friday, April 5, 2013

I have had a burning in my stomach and in my mouth for a few months and I just had an endoscopy and the dr said he saw some gastritis but nothing serious but still have the burning in the stomach and mouth so I was thinking what am I doing differently in my life and just for the heck of it I googled side effects of truvia and I`am so glad I did, reading all these statements so I`am going to stop using truvia and hope this is my problem

244.  Mary Alice Stancil    Thursday, May 2, 2013

Wow, I am so glad that I found this site. I started using Truvia a few weeks ago. Since then I have had awful bloating, gas and pain. I think I have had about everything everyone on hear has talked about. The headaches started 2 days ago and today I feel like my head is coming off. Truvia is going in the trash. I would not even want to give in away to someone.

245.  Cattitude    Monday, May 6, 2013

This isn't exactly Truvia, but it IS about Reb A. I bought Zevia, a drink made using Stevia extract Reb A. Truvia is made by extracting rebaudioside A (Reb A) from the stevia plant. EVERY time I drink Zevia I end up with the WORST UTI. It takes a few rounds of cipro to combat it.

246.  Cattitude    Monday, May 6, 2013

Xylitol is VERY dangerous for pet owners. a dog can die from ingesting it and the stuff cannot be detected in it's system after. Cats tend to avoid it but it is deadly to them as well. Dogs are attracted to it as they interpret it to be sugar and they like sweet.

247.  Cattitude    Monday, May 6, 2013

I like the taste of zevia, but it causes bad problems with me as well. I get a UTI after drinking JUST 1 can. And not a minor UTI either. A VERY bad painful one that needs cipro to treat it and doesnt respond to lesser treatments.

248.  Cattitude    Monday, May 6, 2013

I might mention to other folks who switched to truvia due to diabetes and had bad reactions, the only thing I found that is safe for us, and has NOT given me any type of horrid reaction is blue agave liquid. used sparingly in tea or coffee it hasn't cause any of the truvia issues and has a much nicer state than stevia and is safer than xylitol.

249.  Gail    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I have been having the same problems that you had for about 3 months now. I have also had an endoscopy, a ct scan and a MRI and they have found nothing wrong with me. Last night I finally figured out that Truvia may be the problem. I was just wondering how you're feeling and if giving up the Truvia helped any.

250.  M Lancaster    Sunday, May 26, 2013

I'm glad you posted this. I've had the same problem with cramps in my feet that would keep me awake at night. And my hands feel swollen and hot when I lie down.

251.  K Short    Friday, May 31, 2013

So glad I found this site. I have gained 27 pounds over the past 3 months and no medication that I take is responsible for weight gain (I've asked my doctor). I have had constipation for at least 2 months, and have had 2 mouth sores (like kanker (sp?) sores) over the past 3 months. I have had migraines in the past but 3 months ago, I had 4 in one month. I may have 3 per year, usually. I have been going over and over what changed beginning 3 months ago. Well... I had been wanting to try Truvia but in my usual store, it costs 3 times as much as other sweeteners. When I got my income tax refund, I got a box and liked it, so bought 10, 30-packet boxes. This was (surprise!) 3 months ago. I began drinking coffee more often because of cold weather and it is cheaper than my other favorite drinks. I used 1 packet of generic truvia per 12oz cup - approx 4 cups per day. Now that I read posts here, I am almost convinced this sweetener (I can't say truvia because I used generic stuff) is the reason for my weight gain. I quit it as soon as I thought it may have been. Now I won't try it anymore. I'll let you know if I begin to lose weight not that I'm not using it.

252.  Tammy    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I get acute stomach distrss and can tell within minutes if it is in something I've eaten. After I am sick for DAYS even if it was just a bite of something.

253.  angie    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

two words...coconut sugar! two more words...problem solved!

254.  angie    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

use organic coconut sugar!

255.  R J U    Thursday, July 25, 2013

I almost never use sugar or other sweetener unless I have ice coffee; being summer, I have started this habit. My sister gave me Truvia and said it was natural and she liked it. From the time I started using 1/2 -1 packet a day 4 weeks ago, I have had extreme dry mouth and gum soreness; Really bad, like cotton /gauze in my mouth; I also had a little tingling on one side of my lips; Cramps, loose stools, aches and pains and really tired. And, UTI symptoms. Since i am on summer break, I have been upset to feel this bad when I am relaxed, Feeling this way during stressful times might be expected but never in summer break. The only thing i have changed is the Truvia. I almost went to the ER with the extreme dry mouth as I could hardly talk. Instead saw my dentist and he said my saliva was thick but he can't see any reason from my teeeth or gums to be causing this. He asked what I changed. I didn't think about it until today and googled that is the only new thing. Amazed to see so many of the same issues being discussed. I am NOT using this product again. Hoping to see things reverse. It is scary that a product can cause all of this;

One form of scientific study is to collect data about peoples experiences ; meta-analysis; it appears all of the postings here point to some suspicious patterns that can not be ignored. I am going to go back to just avoiding sweeteners all together; or if needed use a little regular sugar.

OH, and just to mention this...Xletol caused horrible intestinal isseus for me that landed me in specialists offices and lots of testing, just to findi out symptoms stopped when I stopped chewing the gum with it. I wish I had been smarter and researched Truvia before trying it. Never again!y

Hope this can be reversed with out long term wishes to everyone on getting this out of your systems and feeling better.

256.  Espiritu    Monday, August 5, 2013

Both my son and I have experiences severe migraines this week ... I have had three, and he has had two. This is highly abnormal. When I examined anything different about what we had eastern, I realized that the only new thing was mint tea I had sweetened with Truvia. I usually use Stevia drops, but had run out, and I sent my son to the store to buy more. He couldn't find the drops, so he came back with the Truvia. Ugh. This is very bad stuff.

257.  Michael Gharib    Thursday, August 8, 2013

I think that if the FDA Approves it, it is not good for you.
Although I've been using truvia for many years now and never had any issues
at all. None of any of the complaints mentioned on this site. I use at least four packets a day with no problems so far thankfully. I feel bad that you all are going through these issues by using this product.
My diet consists of: no coffee, no milk, no wheat products and no dairy.
I consume mostly fish and plant base proteins. Once in a blue moon I eat a nice romanian steak... I use stevia and truvia when craving for sweets, I used them in shakes and freshly home made smoothies.
I make chocolate pudding from scratch using avocados, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and stevia or truvia as sweeteners with no difference in taste and truthfully without any side effects. Maybe if it's combined with some food you folks are consuming you're getting a bad reaction to it. I wouldn't know because I'm not an expert..
Again... Sorry That you all are going through many issues from using this product.
Peace to all, Michael G.

258.  gratefulmouse    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ok left a message already goes again..I have an entire huge box of truvia...Im sick all the time anyway so I cant attribute anything to it...but I have to say...I dont need something else adding to my already sick I am going to throw away this humongus box...lately I have had painful joints and stomach cramps and got so dizzy and couldnt control my muscles I had to be taken to emergency room via an ambulance..and the search was on for 2 days..finding can be husband uses splenda

259.  jomouse    Thursday, September 26, 2013

well that explains the runny stools my family has bee experiencing.. perhaps they ought to warn you of such things.

260.  Charity    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I can not be certain but I have to share my symptoms. I had been using Splenda (3 packages in my morning tea), after and hearing and reading bad things about splenda, I decided to try Truvia, under the impression Truvia and Stevia are the same thing. In less than a month, I have started feeling a strange fatigue from my shoulder down to my fingers, although my strength is the same. I'm waiting for blood work to come back from my Dr. As I think back of what is different in my life, Truvia is really the only thing. As I drink my tea, I feel an uneasy feeling, something is telling me, things are not right. Is this just in my head, I don't know. I'm going to stop using the Truvia immediately and report back in a couple of days. If anyone can relate to my symptoms please share with me, my mind is racing, do I have lyme disease, MS, Lupos, Diabeties, etc?

261.  Charity    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

You are right, there could many other reasons or combination of things that are causing these side effects but I had my last truvia this morning. I will give a couple of weeks and see how my body feels, if everything else stays the same and my side effects go away, I would put money on Truvia. I had similar problem (side effect) from Nurtrasweet, my side effects went away over night when I stopped using it. I am hoping for the same result.

262.  lmn6123    Thursday, November 14, 2013

After using Splenda for years I developed tinnitus, which thankfully went away when I discontinued the sucralose. Tried Truvia as a substitute and developed very frightening heart palpitations. My father in law also inadvertently consumed a drink mix containing Stevia and also suffered such severe heart palpitations that he was hospitalized! After two days of tests, all were inconclusive. When we read the ingredients of his drink mix and saw the Stevia, we knew he couldn't drink that any longer. He has had no more problems. I have tried Nectresse with no side effects so far, but think I'll just go to sugar in the raw.

263.  JAC    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I had a similar but different symptom. My face didn't swell but got very red and felt burned. It peeled and got very dry. I stopped using Truvia for two weeks my face got better. So I tried it again and the symptoms returned. I expected the diahrea, but not this. I did like the flavor too.

264.  Jessica    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I started using Truvia only 3 days ago, I put about 3 in my morning coffee. I have alot of gas, weird metallic taste in my mouth, and my teeth feel like Im chewing on foil. I think i'll go back to Splenda.

265.  Power Focus    Saturday, January 18, 2014

Over a year I had been drinking the SOBE Lifewaters with erythirtol and about two months ago I started drinking stevia sodas with erythritol in them. To eat milk, beans, wheat, or nuts makes me extremely sick with hearburn, gas, rumbling stomach and diareaha. My throat and stomach I think have become irritated from gmo erythritol perhaps or just erythritol. Before this I was lactose intolerant but I could eat milk, beans,wheat, and nuts without getting extremely sick. I am nursing myself back to health with a select 8 week diet.

266.  Heather Burton    Saturday, January 18, 2014

Michael, please see my comment above (scroll way up) - it is my understanding that this is NOT FDA approved which is a large part of the problem. After research it is my understanding that they were able to bypass FDA approval through a loophole called GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe).

267.  Michele Marie    Sunday, January 26, 2014

I have been doing a low carb diet for 2 weeks now... felt great the first week, but starting using truvia 5 days ago and I have had a horrible pain in my head/neck area... had some discussions on yt about it with health gurus and come to find out its a common side affect! I feel like I have a brain tumor... wow ... TRUVIA IN THE TRASH!!!!

268.  john g.    Monday, January 27, 2014

I have been using Truvia daily now since Sept. I have not noticed the vast majority of the symptoms listed here rather I developed dry mouth at night which then became dry mouth all the time and then metallic taste only during the day! I made the connection today of possible Truvia use so I am discontinuing and hoping symptoms resolve. Its the only thing that I am eating which is not fruit, vegetables or other healthy food.

269.  FayeM    Friday, January 31, 2014

Truvia gave me severe diarrhea after using it for 2 days. I have fibromyalgia, diabetes, and hypothyroidism. I got my money back. Now I'm using Nectresse and it's wonderful. Is from the monk fruit and Dr. Oz recommended it.

270.  Beverly    Monday, February 3, 2014

I didn't realize that Truvia wasn't pure stevia until I went online after experiencing possible side effects. I've been using one packet a day instead of Sweet n Low in my morning tea for about a month because I wanted to stay away from artficial sweeteners. Istarted getting a minor headache and flushing about an hour after consumption. At first I couldn't figure out whatever's wrong, then when I did some research I realized it was the Truvia. It also tastes artficial. I've stopped using it and am feeling better.

271.  missgeny34    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I have been using Truvia since I started a no-carb Candida diet in December. I actually couldn't find Stevia so I went with that option not thinking much about side effects! Now, since since the Candida cleanse was not going too well, i made some research online and came to this site... I think I may have found the problem! Even though I eat a very strict veggies & organic meet, I am still experiencing these symptoms: neck and shoulder pain, feeling always tired, bloating, sugar cravings, soar mouth like it has been burned, but the worst was the feeling I got in my body when I took a larger amount of Truvia in my unsweetened almond milk after supper... I couldn't fall asleep! I was feeling as though something not natural (and uncomfortably exciting) was taking over my body! I knew at that moment that product was not doing something good and natural! So I reduced my intakes to almost nothing and I can see now that when I don't use it, I fell much better! I will search for real Stevia instead!

272.  Deb    Monday, February 10, 2014

Truvia of course is derived from the stevia plant, which is in the same family as ragweed, daisies. etc. A lot of people have allergic reactions to this species of plants. Thus the mouth sores, difficulty breathing, etc. Not only do a lot of people have allergic reactions to the stevia plant, but it is also known to have medicinal properties such as lowering glucose levels, lowering blood pressure and causing muscle contractions. Thus a lot of the side effects people are talking about. It is extremely dangerous for diabetics, people with heart conditions, people with low blood pressure, and pregnant women. And of course anyone with allergies to the ragweed family.
As a medical professional I am outraged this is being sold over the counter as some new miracle sweetener. It is a medicine, it is dangerous and should be pulled from the shelves. Shame on the FDA once again.

273.  imagineaa    Sunday, February 16, 2014

I'm sorry but this article is setting off my "conspiracy theory" alarm bells. Before stevia could be sold as a food, there were tons of conspiracy theories about FDA getting kickbacks from the sugar, diet, and medical industries to promote sugar intake and maintain the need for those industries. FDA said it hadn't been tested for safety and the theorists said there are no side effects. And now that it's approved...we have a theory it's got hidden side effects.

Some of those anecdotes sound outlandish. "Mental symptoms"? 4 days later, still experiencing diarrhea because you ate Truvia? Back pain? Lots of unrelated body systems there, and a long time without consuming it. Hard to believe that has anything to do with the product.

274.  Heather Burton    Monday, February 17, 2014

Imagineaa - I might agree if I had just stumbled upon the site and had not had my own personal experience involving Truvia. I am normally the person rolling my eyes as well. I also agree that some of the reported experiences/symptoms differ and sound unrelated, however, the VAST majority are very very similar. I can only speak for myself and my daughter and our experience with the Truvia product.

275.  Sherry Donahue    Sunday, February 23, 2014

I am so glad I found this website. I have been using Truvia for months and had not noticed any real problems until I got sick with my asthma last Sept. All of a sudden I've got sores all over my mouth, a horrible metallic taste in my mouth. I've been on prednisone for months and think that pushed my immune system down so that the Truvia could "attack" me. I average 10-15 packs a day of Truvia and did not have a problem until just recently. My mouth has been so bad I've been having to eat soft foods. Thank you for this web site

276.  Sherry Donahue    Sunday, February 23, 2014

I've noticed after drinking my Truvia sweetened tea in the morning that the tip of my tongue goes numb and since I drink tea all day long it stays numb the whole day. Along with mouth sores and the metallic taste in my mouth, I think I'm going to have to give up on Truvia

277.  Jen RW    Friday, March 14, 2014

I've been wondering why I've been gaining weight like crazy since October, which is when I started a new job that had Truvia in the break room. I am very conscious about what I eat, which is healthy for the most part. Based on some of the comments above, I believe I have found the culprit of my extra 20 pounds!! Gotta go, and dump out the rest of my cup of tea now!

278.  kji17    Saturday, March 22, 2014

I tried some truvia yesterday when I was having coffee and breakfast with family. I thought I'd give it a try since it was there and the commercials had me curious. I probably should say that I'm gluten intolerant and have already been dealing with the side effects of eating gluten for a little while now, but was feeling better. However, after we left the restaurant, and I was grabbing groceries on my way home, I noticed that I was getting dizzy and lightheaded again. My first thought was that there had been some cross contamination of gluten in my food (2 eggs, bacon, fruit, and hashbrowns). I continued to think this until a lot later.
I was cleaning my room when I noticed I was having a harder time breathing. At first, I thought it was due to the cat hair and dust, but then my light headedness increased and my joints started hurting. I also noticed hives on my legs and arms and back. Not long after I started feeling cold, so cold that my teeth were chattering and my body shivering uncontrollably, and had a slight fever and diarrhea.
This was when I began suspecting the truvia. I had eaten that same meal at that same place before without any problems with my gluten intolerance. And had certainly never had the shivers and fever like that before. Thankfully, it was gone when I woke up this morning. It may have just been an allergic reaction to something in the truvia, but I am never using truvia ever again, and I will certainly never recommend it to anyone, especially after reading this. I prefer natural cane sugar and honey, and will stick with those forever, has never steered me wrong.

279.  Eric    Thursday, March 27, 2014

if you have IBS or digestive/flatulence-gas/diarrhea problems and drink coffee, it is FARRR more likely that its a caffeine sensitivity, and although everything else may seem fine since you've drank coffee for so long, I can assure you that the caffeine is a HUGE catalyst to your problems. I won't talk up Truvia, but I will tell you that caffeine plays more of a regular role than the sweetener. Stop drinking coffee fro about 2 months, clean your body out for a week after the first day you stop. Flush it out completely with a NATURAL cleanse. Eat all greens, water, and such. I recommened some sort of natural herbal cleanse capsule, and after the cleanse begin with probiotics as well. Do this for the next 2 months without coffee and see how you feel. You'll go through caffeine withdraw, but MIND OVER MATTER folks!

280.  Lynne    Sunday, March 30, 2014

I used truvia, and my blood pressure went up. I stopped, and it came down. Okay, so for coffee, organic honey, raw sugar, or cane juice. And my blood pressure is now 105/60. A lot better than 137/103. Also just say NO to junk. Start drinking green tea 3x a day and also oolong tea, plain jane! Watch the pounds come off! Say bye bye to stevia, truvia, and artifical junk.

281.  terri    Thursday, May 1, 2014

I began using Truvia about 2 months ago when I started a low carb, low sugar diet. Prior to beginning the diet I consulted with my dr and had some blood work done, all came back excellent! I began having side effects of extreme dizziness, to the point I felt I was going to pass out; then one day, I passed out cold, bashed my face, trip to Urgent care, sutured up my mouth. I don't have a history of passing out. I also have notice mouth sores, small ulcers on my lips and tongue. A revisit to the dr yesterday determined there were no real reasons for passing out; blood work, vitals, etc... all good. I've suspected Truvia might be a culprit for making me so dizzy since there are not other signs. Obviously I can't prove this but after reading your article, I'm going to stop using it and see if the dizziness and mouth sores diminish. On a positive note, the taste of Truvia is outstanding and it has worked nicely as a sugar substitute for my "taste buds".

282.  Bill    Monday, May 19, 2014

With Truvia, abdominal pain lower left large intestine and spastic colon. I just got a c-scope and the doc said I have an A+ colon, so the only rule out is Truvia. Also, I have been experiencing worsening joint pain over this year. I started consuming the Truvia product months back but not sure about the correlation between Truvia and joint pain. I can say, however, there has been nutritional speculation in regards too much sugar intake and joint pain. Sugars are typically dissicants (dehydrate you) and osteoarthritic pain is due to synovial joint damage and loss of fluids in the joints (synovial membrame secretes fluid that lubricates the joints). Have you ever been dehydrated and you get arthralgias (pain in joints), or have the flu and get joint pain? This is because the symptoms are from the same cause: loss of water. I am going to stop my truvia intake and detoxify for about a week. I will let you know what happens.

283.  Ivan Sudofsky    Monday, May 26, 2014

I was using lots of the stuff until I got a nasty UTI and dumped the stuff in the trash. I still have a little pain and constipation

284.  Ivan Sudofsky    Monday, May 26, 2014

Erythritol is manufactured through a fermentation process...

From Wikipedia - "At the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeast, Moniliella pollinis."

285.  Pamela    Saturday, May 31, 2014

I had a strange reaction the previous two days.. that is what brought me to this forumn. I was not sure the first day... I had put it in a protein shake. Within a short amount of time, my chest felt flushed/warmed up and my lips felt like they were having spasms... kinda like an eye twitch when you are tired. They only lasted about a half hour or a bit more... But later, I became sleepy, headachy and dizzy. The next day I had another shake, as I had not made the connection... I had the same symptoms..but a bit more intense. I have no doubt it was the truvia since it was the only new thing that I had introduced.

286.  my take    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Insomnia after trying one time. Figured a fluke. Tried again. More insomnia. Never again.

287.  Vivian    Sunday, June 8, 2014

WARNING to pet lovers - the erythritol in Truvia is deadly to dogs! I first learned about this from my vet with regard to Xylitol. PLEASE CONFIRM THIS WITH YOUR VET before letting your beloved pets have a taste. Small dogs (10 lb) have died from 1-1/2 sticks of chewing gum made with xylitol.

288.  Fay     Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wow today I just discovered about truvia side effects well 2 yrs. ago I did the mistake of saving some money on Stevia so I bought in a large box from Walmart and gobbled it all up in about 3 months and severe itching and pimples started forming outer genital area and was itching and scratching so I went to my GYN they put me on antibiotics but that made it much worse, and I thought I was dying. I couldn't sit on my but my hemmeroids got huge. I was using Vagisil to ease the itching, but it stained all my white cotton underwear, the sheets and even the bed pads and even my comforter...I finally discovered that I had serious Candida Albicans issue...then finally I just quit eating carbs altogether and did the 21 day Kale cleanse to ward of any kind of Candida growth, I used 400,000 5 day probiotic supplements to shrink every swelling that I had, finally the itching is gone after 18 months of suffering...How do I sue them for what they done to me...

289.  Mrs Trout    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I have been using it since March as part of a diet. At first I thought I had sprained my arms as the pain in the muscles was bad. It spread into both arms and shoulders, so I went to the doctor and she sent me for Rheumatoid Arthritis tests. I read about Truvia and the side effects experienced by others and decided to stop taking it to see if it was part of the problem. I have been off it for 5 days now and the awful pains in my arms and shoulders have almost gone.

290.  Marisa    Monday, June 16, 2014

I've been having neck and shoulder pain for a year and 3 months ago I started also having severe hives/itching and my lips were swollen... I also notice some intolerece to just one glass of white wine that I never had before... I have also experienced stomach upset and bloating. I started a log to try to figure out what was happening and nothing seems to make sense until it finally clicked that the only thing I have not cut from my diet is the Truvia!!! I only take 2 packets a day on average. I took Stevia for a year before start taking Truvia! I thought they were different brands of the same thing I did not know that Truvia had other ingredients added to it...

291.  DRock    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tried 3 packets of truvia in my coffee for first time. 6 hours later I experienced intense stomach cramping and loose stool. 8 hours later my cramping is still hurting and finally managed to take immodium. Listed all liquids and solids I consumed throughout the day and checked expiration dates. Truvia is the only thing it could have been. No wonder the guy at work said he didn't use it anymore and gave me some for free. I honestly think not everyone has this same reaction but a good deal of people do. Not worth it, don't try it.

292.  Kc    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I didn't really mind the taste when I used it in my hot tea at the evening. But, I just used it to make low carb flourless peanut butter cookies. After the cookies cooled, they tasted like they were very cold on the if they had been refrigerated, but they had only been sitting on the counter cooling for about 20 minutes. I ate one, then one more to make sure of what I was tasting/experiencing. It is very freaky and I'm throwing the rest of the cookies in the trash. Don't think I'll be buying Truvia again. I can't imagine what would make that taste sensation, but it is creepy.

293.  shenderra    Monday, July 7, 2014

My husband and I make an erythritol and stevia rebaudoside 98% pure blended to powder in our kitchen aid mixing thoroughly the two very different items. Erythritol comes in crystal for like sugar and it is hydro phobic (meaning it does not absorb water, like sugar). The stevia we buy is very expensive 100.00 usd for an 8oz container (that means it is in an 8oz container but more like 3-4 oz net weight) and is 600 times as sweet as sugar plus there is no bitter after taste. If we do not blend into powder the erythritol, the stevia just sifts to the bottom of the container. I believe truvia must have some other sugar alcohol in it's recipe, to be causing these type of reactions. Sorbitol is cheaper and does have these kinds of side effects listed. I HAVE SOLD OUR COMBINATION AT THE FARMERS MARKET TO DIABETICS FOR OVER TWO YEARS AND HAVE NEVER HAD ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS......EVER!

294.  Bill deer    Thursday, July 17, 2014

I started using Truvia because of a friend recommended it, summer is hear I make lots of sun tea, well I've been putting 1 1/2 teaspoon in each 24oz cup, i drink 3-4 a day, im retired so its tea & water. no sodas, now I am scared to leave the house. I used two rolls of toilet paper in one day, been atleast 1 1/2rolls for the past week, yes week, been using Truvia for one week before the diarrhea kicked in, at first I didn't think of nothing except I got the stomach flu, so I got pepto bismo that didn't work, it always worked in the past. I stop using Truvia diarrhea gone 4-5 days later its dying off. This is the worst diarrhea I've ever had, I lost 5 pounds of body fluid. This needs to be reported & warning sticker need to be on every package of Truvia.

295.  Danielle    Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wound up in the hospital from this product - severe allergic reaction! Only Ragweed does this to me, not sure what Truvia is using as it "natural plant base"

296.  Cornsakesno    Saturday, August 9, 2014

This is very enlightening. I had a couple of bad bouts this week and couldn't figure out what was cauing it. Last night my HEALTHY 15 y/o was complaining of the same symptoms. A couple of hours later I was in misery again, same symptoms, and it didn't take long to figureout that we hadn't eaten any of the same things over tha last week except OH NO! The "lite" juice I brought home from Walmart. Ingredient list short and nearly as pure as anything you can get except for Erythritol
oh hey, whats that?
BAD juju thats what.

297.  Terri    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Unfortunately Truvia as a sugar substitute has not worked out for me either. My issue with Truvia is the direct opposite of constipation. I used one packet in each of 3 cups of coffee and as a result needed to find a bathroom on two occasions. Obviously this is a problem. Note that in the past I've had similar problems with Sweet and Low which is part of the reason why I stopped using it. Thinking that Truvia was a natural sweetener and also wanting to eliminate using sugar I started using it. It appears that I'm back to square one once again.

298.  Joe    Sunday, August 31, 2014

I have had some of the worst bloating and and abdominal pressure from consuming drinks with Truvia in them. This stuff is just awful!

299.  Indycrocodile    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yay! Thank you, Heather

300.  Mary    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In it's natural state erythritol come from a fermentation process. It has been "chemically copied" to produce large quantities. Follow the link to see the chemical industry's own info....

301.  Ivan Sudofsky    Thursday, September 18, 2014

Erythritol is erythritol, it has not been 'chemically copied'. It is produced industrially in large fermentation tanks. I believe the problem is that there is very little erythritol in natural sources compared to Truvia and copycat sweeteners and the human body has not evolved to metabolize it. I was responding to an earlier incorrect comment that Chris made that erythritol was extracted from some unnamed natural source. It's just bad stuff, no matter what the source.

302.  Stacey - Chicago    Saturday, September 20, 2014

I have been using truvia for about a month and during that time had horrible loose and very foul-smelling stools. I even insisted on a C diff test from my doctor but that came back negative. In addition, things smelled differently. Coffee, tuna and cat food were the worst. I stopped using trivia two days ago and I'm glad to say my stools are more formed, the foul smell is gone and things are beginning to smell a little bit more normal. This sweetener is the only thing I have done differently in my diet which is basically a natural and whole food diet.

303.  Libowski    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Truvia of course is derived from the stevia plant, which is in the same family as ragweed, daisies. etc."

"Truvia" is only about 10% stevia. The rest is erythritol. That's probably why many people who have already used stevia without any adverse effects are surprised when they start having negative effects from Truvia. Truvia and Stevia are NOT the same thing.

304.  ms_afghanistan2015    Friday, October 31, 2014

"Everything in moderation."

I have used Truvia with Zero side effects, usually one or two packets in tea or coffee 2 to 3 times a week.
I've read about the POTENTIAL GI effects of Erythritol since it has long been an ingredient in low calorie protein bars I frequently bought in the past to replace unhealthy snacking.
I have never had any of the GI effects from this ingredient.
What I have noticed was that the protein bars were so delicious I'd often eat more than one to double my protein intake after a workout. It definitely did give me a drowsy/ spacey feeling if I consumed multiple bars... so I have not bought those protein bars in years.

Recently I came across a healthfood recipe for homemade chocolate bars using cacao, coconut oil and Stevia. Being that I had both Truvia and Stevia in my cupboard and knowing Truvia didn't have the nasty bitter aftertaste pure Stevia has, I opted to use Truvia in the recipe.

After eating a portion of the chocolate bar that spacey feeling I got came back. I slept, woke up refreshed and decided to have another bite of my homemade chocolate.... and was out like a light bulb for a few more hours.

Because I used Truvia in a large quantity for the first time I decided to google side effects and found your site with a a few similar comments on drowsiness. I then I visited the Truvia website and read their product description and their public disclosure for having been sued for false advertising.

Will I stop using Truvia? Let's be realistic. An aspirin a day can help prevent a heart entire bottle can easily help you bleed to death. I love the fact that sugar alcohol can sweeten a beverage for me without spiking my blood sugar and I am fortunate not to have any effects from normal amounts. I just know I have to avoid consuming large quantities at a time. My next batch of homemade chocolates will have that ever so wonderful nasty bitter Stevia I'll be good after a single bite.

305.  Megan    Monday, November 24, 2014

For the past four and a half months I have been experiencing a severe allergic reaction. I have been to 7 doctors and taken every blood test under the sun. All the tests have revealed is that my white blood cells are high fighting off aoemthinf and my inflammation levels are high.cmy eyes and lips have swelled almost every day along with hives covering my whole body. Every day for four months. I have been to the er, I have even been to an acupuncturist. No one has been able to help me. Every dr tells me to take more antihistamines. I've been on prednisone. It helped for 2 weeks. But I didn't like the side effects. I was up to 8 pills a day. Still covered in hives. One dr said it was my thyroid and I added thyroid hormone to my daily regime. Still no relief. One day I just decided to stop it all. That day I was drinking my normal cup of coffee and immediately my lip swelled up. A lightbulb finalmy went off. The truvia. My company only has truvia no sugar. I have been using it daily for four months since I've been working there. I didn't question it because it's "healthy" I'm a healthy person. I thought it was great they had it. I stopped that day. Since that day my body has began to recover. I'm on day 4 of no truvia and my 4 months of gives are 90 % better. My swelling is down and almost non existent. My hands aren't swollen. I'm alive again. Truvia has put me thru pure hell.

306.  MaplesEnvironmental .    Saturday, November 29, 2014

I just found your web site and want to report what I have experienced sine I started using Truvia. After about 5 days using Truvia in my coffee twice a day I started noticing the smell of exhaust all the time. No matter where I was, I smelt the smell of car exhaust. So while trying to figure out what the problem was, I realized that the only thing I have done different was the Truvia. I stopped using it and the constant smell of car exhaust was gone. A few weeks later I tried it again to to see if the same thing would happen. And sure enough, after two days, I started smelling the exhaust again. So I stopped using Truvia.

307.  LilRichie    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I have been battling cancer for three years and have associated pain due to surgeries, nerve damage, etc. I decided two years ago to limit my intake of sugar and aspartame. I read many good things about stevia, so I started to use Truvia in my coffee (~ 6 packs a day) and Truvia sweetened beverages like Vitamin Water Zero. Slowly since then I had acquired abdominal pains that never went away, literally, morning, noon and night. I just assumed it was from spreading cancer or radiated nerve pain. I had many tests to determine the cause, but the docs couldn't find anything to explain it. Well, luckily I ran out of Truvia and Vitamin Water Zero and at the time was stuck at home recovering from treatment. I started using real sugar in my coffee and was drinking plain water, apple and orange juice. Several days later I woke up one morning and was shocked that for the first time in years I didn't have abdominal pains and cramping. I didn't realize the correlation between Truvia and the pain at that time, but when I started using Truvia again, the pain came back. That was a couple months ago, I have not used Truvia since then, and have been abdominal pain free. I just hope my story saves someone else from the stress and pain I had these past years. As anyone with cancer knows, every pain you get that doesn't go away is advancing least in your head, and is very frightening!

308.  Jeanne    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I use Truvia and I love it. I'm a diabetic; it has absolutely no effect on my blood sugar level. I have used erythritol straight for a couple of years and have never had any side effects either from using it straight or using it in Truvia. Erythritol is different from other sugar alcohol in that it causes no gastrointestinal symptoms and it causes no tooth decay.Looking at the wide variety of symptoms, I'd say much of it is mind over matter.

309.  Jeanne    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Maybe your daughter was reacting to the crystalline fructose, the calcium lactate, the glycol ester of rosin or one of the many other ingredients in this "water."

310.  boy toy    Friday, January 23, 2015

started using truvia last week. Smells a bit burnt I thought. But thought it was stevia, but thought I noticed some sort of change in my mood or affect, I became sort of dour phlegmatic a touch pushy in a dry sort of manner. So wondered if it was this Truvia? Psycho active as well as causing neck ache...possibly like phenylalanine in some sweetners?

311.  Powers    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I have been using Truvia for years. Last week I read an article that revealed that it killed fruit flies, and caused all sorts of bad reactions in people, so I quit cold turkey. I no longer put it in several cups of coffee a day or drink flavor packets full of the poison in my water all day long. Guess more bloating, fatigue, numbness, filmy eyes, or cravings. I wish I knew much sooner! The difference in how I feel is remarkable. I just want to tell the world not to touch the stuff!

312.  Towoda Pita    Thursday, January 29, 2015

I come from a very scientific background and on multiple occasions kept doing my own studies about how my own body was reacting to using the product Truvia. I would periodically stop using it just to see what would happen or to see if the side affects were the same for me and they were every time. Everything from increased asthmatic episodes (even with using all of my asthma medications my symptoms increased). Increased headaches, bloating,constipation, Ic urinary problems, joint pains especially in back and neck( numbness& tingling hands& feet). The tell tale sign for me was every single time I used Truvia, I would always get an itchy allergic skin reaction and breakout with hives on the front part of my left shin within an hour of using the product.Like I said I periodically would go off the product& all of my symptoms disappeared especially if I hurried and detoxed my system for two weeks with green teas and flushed my colon. I dont care what the company says it is not natural and these are not imaginary symptoms. It is toxic to the body. Any product that is not grown from the Earth is subject to be poisonous to our bodies causing serious diseases like cancer or diabetes

313.  Lina KonkoLinaK    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ugh I bought Truvia two days ago and after using it first time I felt extremely nauseous thought it was just some stomach bug. A few hours later I felt a little better the next day I used some Truvia again and had the same reaction. I decided to look up and see if anyone else had any similar reactions and seems like I'm not the only one

314.  Kat    Sunday, March 8, 2015

I have used Stevia for years without any problems. Recently my husband bought Truvia, cause it was cheaper than Stevia extract and I started using it. I have had a variety of symptoms like cramping, mouth sores, insomnia and carbohydrate craving. Duh--- it doesn't take a genius to figure out that this stuff is not good for you. I threw the huge box out, so much for savings!!!

315.  Jo Cee    Monday, April 6, 2015

I tried Truvia for the first time yesterday. I used 2 packets in hot tea. I developed a rash within 10 minutes of consuming it but did not associate it with the Truvia. I thought maybe because I had been outside prior and might a reaction to pollen. Within an hour of consuming the tea with Truvia I had very loose stools and abdominal cramping. I thought maybe I was having a bad reaction to butter cream icing that was on the cake I had with my tea. Several hours later the rash had progressed to painful burning sensation and hives and abdominal cramping and hives continued which is not normal for how I react to the things I associated them with, i.e the effects are useful shorter term. I then remembered that I had tried Truvia for the first time. My husband looked up Truvia and found the information on side effects reported by others. I did not take Benadryl because I did not have any but topical application to my hives and rash did not really help. Drinking lots of water helped some. Today I still have the loose stools and abdominal cramping. The hives and rash have diminished but I am sluggish.

316.  Alan Anderson    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I bought a tub last night from ASDA our local Superstore. I thought it was a healthy alternative! I put half a teaspoon into a cup of Black Coffee and within minutes I was burping with reflux, which was then replaced by Tummy Pains low in my abdomen 20 hours later I still have the pain.

317.  Mary Clark    Saturday, April 11, 2015

I started drinking a new low calorie fruit drink with Truvia and at first I loved the drink and drank it often for about three weeks. Throughout this time I had mild headaches and shoulder and back pain. You would think I would have stopped but I did not correlate drinking this new fruit drink with these side effects. Then for the first time in my life I developed the weirdest sores inside and outside my mouth and had a horrible taste on my tongue. I threw out the "new low calorie fruit drinks" and it has been three days since my last one and I still have these awful mouth sores, headaches and a terrible taste in my mouth. I am so grateful you have this website that tells what real people are experiencing when consuming Truvia. I am frightened by these terrible side effects as the mouth sores, headaches and metallic terrible taste have not diminished in three days. I will never ever drink or eat anything with Truvia in it again.

318.  Audrey    Friday, April 17, 2015

I knew something was wrong when I started having symptoms which made my body feel out of control. I had always taken a large mug of tea/Truvia to work instead of coffee. However, I never contributed to Truvia for which I had been using for about six months. I actually liked the taste of Truvia and thought my symptoms were from my lifestyle: getting up so early to go to work - I got up always tired, joint pain all the time - just thought this comes along with getting older, finger/hand cramps daily - just thought I was typing too long, waking up with leg cramps - just thought I stretched the wrong way in my sleep. Six months prior to using Truvia I had emergency surgery which resulted in a gastric sleeve. I lost 50 pounds and at some point in my attempt to keep the weight off I ate low cal and added Truvia instead of sugar. Over time I began to get bloated and gain a little weight. The more I tried to lose weight slowly but surly the weight started to add up. But I never gave up on my tea and Truvia. I was in denial and blamed all my symptoms on a rushed lifestyle. One day something happened. In my haste to get to work on time I used a little too much Truvia in my tea. I just said I'll add more water to my tea when I get to work. Needless to say I didn't get a chance to add the water so I drank my sweet tea during my meeting. Approximately two hour later my back started to itch, my fingers cramped up, my stomach was cramping, I began to get these raw spots in my mouth, When I went to the restroom to look in the mirror at my back it was whelped and painful. My joints and back were very painful. I went home and was out of commission for two days. I then said to myself the only thing I had that morning was my tea and the reaction happened immediately after. I researched Truvia and found it to be a danger to my health and other people have experienced the same. I felt soooo stupid for not listening to my body sooner. I found this website and had to contribute my terrible experience with Truvia as well.
So the new bag of Truvia went in the trash.

319.  Ruthie    Thursday, April 30, 2015

I started using Truvia about 3 months ago. I wanted to switch from Spelnda for something more"natural" in my coffee. I probably one use a total of one teaspoon in the morning. I have been experiencing neck and shoulder pain as well as mouth irritations, stomach pain and fatigue. I. Finally decided to Google Truvia this morning and I am so thankful to have found this site. It never occurred to me that this "natural" substitute would cause so many problems!
I now recall that when I recently went on vacation and didn't have access to Truvia, my symptoms subsided. I thought it was stress!
Thank you!!!!

320.  pat    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I had been having dry mouth problems all through the night, and thought it was caused by my statin drugs. However, the dry mouth got extremely bad and I have now eliminated the Truvia. I used only a tiny bit in my coffee (3 cups per day) and sprinkled it on cherry turnovers. The dry mouth was so bad that I was up all night drinking water and urinating. I am better now that I have stopped the Truvia, but am disappointed that it didn't work for me.

321.  Nick    Thursday, July 9, 2015

why don't you go elsewhere then? look for peple who doesn't conspire and save us from your ignorance.

322.  Ronke    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First of all, coming across this blog is a blessing. Secondly, I have NEVER post a comment online. I have been on Truvia for about 9 months with the goal of eliminating sugar and cut calories. Alas, the past 9 months has been nightmarish. I developed recurrent mouth sores and cankerworms....that has made my life miserable. I have been to my doctor several times, went to urgent care, but unable to isolate Truvia as the cause until this week. Eating and drinking became unbearable, but YET...I would still have my coffee or tea and add Stevia. Last week, I stayed off because I didn't want to have coffee or any sweetened drink. Ironically, those were the best days I've has in months because suddenly all the sores healed up, and totally gone. Coincidentally, I went back to coffee and tea this week, and of course with sprinkles of Stevia. I woke up the next morning with two huge blisters on my tongue that hurts like terribly.... I barely ate any food that same day coincidentally. So I went online to research stevia, and here I am. Confirmed the cause of all my oral pain is nothing but Stevia. I changed toothpaste, took vit c supplements, started using mouth wash, eliminated some fruits because my doc said it was probably hypervitaminosis, even then, the sores persisted. I have confirmed the cause is Truvia. This is it for me. No More!!!

323.  jennyct    Friday, September 4, 2015

I love the taste of Truvia and sugar alcohols. But just yesterday I put two and two together to realize that it was causing me GREAT distress. Terrible upper abdominal pain leading to gas leading to explosive diarrhea. And I only use one packet a day. So I have to ask "why?" Because it is supposed to take a lot more than that to cause that type of reaction. Am I a freak?
Additionally, I noticed my breath was really bad in the morning only on days after I used the Truvia.

324.  jennyct    Friday, September 4, 2015

I made two doctor visits before I figured it out, but one packet gives me terrible distress. As bad as labor pains.

325.  Steven    Saturday, September 12, 2015

I used Truvia for about 18 months. Last winter I developed severe pain in my shoulder. I'm not insured so I can't afford a Md. visit but I was told it was probably a torn rotator cuff. After 4 months of intense pain and limitation of movement I switched sweeteners to a purer form of stevia and stopped using Truvia. In about 3 weeks the pain stated subsiding and my shoulder started freeing up. Does Truvia cause arthritis? Anyone know of any studies on this?

326.  stillnot2late    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I use Truvia & sugar blend, in coffee and afternoon tea. Used it for about 4 months and did not associate the hives with Truvia. But I was having palpitations in the chest each time I had breakfast and dinner, not in the heart area, but where they say heatburn occurs. I didn't associate this with the Truvia either. I haven't have Truvia for two days and the palpitations did not occur. I go to doc in a couple weeks, but really these two things happened when I got hooked on this Truvia blend. No weight loss in four months, the same as if I was using ordinary sugar. So I will continue my sweet coffee in the a.m. and my sweet tea in the afternoon with sugar.

327.  stillnot2late    Tuesday, September 29, 2015


328.  BlackJackSmack    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Heather is actually wrong it is actually the opposite that occurs. Because it is absorbed it is less likely to cause those problems.

329.  BlackJackSmack    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Strawberries do the same thing to me. I am just allergic to it. That doesn't mean its some evil product that is not safe for anyone to have.

330.  BlackJackSmack    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Truvia is not some evil chemical monster. Most of the symptoms are occurring for 2 different reasons. Some people are not absorbing as much of the erythritol as most people do or they are taking in way to much. and the bacteria in our gut is eating it creating large amounts of gas which causes the diarrhea nausea and bloating. Pretty much the same thing as lactose intolerance. The rashes and sores are being caused by an allergic reaction to erythritol or the stevia but that means absolutely nothing. Just because i am allergic to strawberries does not make strawberries evil.

331.  Heather Burton    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Brian - Unfortunately there appear to be more than a 'tiny number' of people suffering from the effects of this product that has managed to slip through the cracks using GRAS approval.

332.  Heather Burton    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Well Brian, since you aren't experiencing the effects you really aren't in a position to be commenting on what others are dealing with. Best of luck dealing with your strawberry and milk problem, I really can't speak to it - can only share my daughter's experience with this product and what I have learned.

333.  Heather Burton    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Once it has actual FDA approval instead of FDA approval through a GRAS loophole we'll talk, until then it is clear based on all of these testimonies that there is additional research that needs to be conducted on this product's effects on the human body.

334.  Heather Burton    Thursday, October 15, 2015

That's the whole problem, Brian. It received GRAS approval at one point and now it's being used completely differently - in MUCH larger quantities in foods and drinks - than it was when it got the approval. Research on the effects of these larger quantities on the human body has not been conducted by the FDA. Please do your research.

335.  Heather Burton    Thursday, October 15, 2015

(Erythritol that is, and Truvia is 99.5% Erythritol.) It is the quantity of it (see my original post) in food and beverage products (such as Truvia) that is bypassing FDA regulation using the GRAS approval. The company that produces Truvia is aware of these complaints yet is turning a blind eye. The FDA has not conducted research involving the quantities being consumed, the complaints, or the short and long term affects of these side effects on the human body, thus the concern over the product.

336.  Iamconcerned    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

First off, I am a fit and healthy person with a pretty simple lean diet. I usually use Stevia in my morning coffees. The store was out so I grabbed this Truvia as an alternative. For about 3 weeks now I have been using about 2-4 packets of this Truvia a day. I have been developing some unusual symptoms: bloating, constipation, excessive gas, itchiness, strange low-blood sugar feelings (dizzy, light-headed, tired) and now mouth sores. ?!?!?! This is all very unlike my body. I am very thin, so the bloating is extremely noticeable and frustrating to me. While sitting with my morning coffee this morning, I ran through my diet over the past few weeks. I have been eating nearly the same food every single day for the past 8 months. EXCEPT. I thought - "Could it be this Truvia??" And I started to Google. Amazing! All of these weird symptoms are listed under complaints on Truvia. Honest to gosh! I am so annoyed. I was trying to be healthy and limit sugar with this supposed alternative, now I feel like I've been digesting poison for 3 weeks. I'm done. In fact, it is time to start enjoying my coffee with no sugar and no sweeteners. I'm over this nonsense. I am going to drink a ton of water and hope it flushes this junk out of my system.

337.  Venkata    Sunday, December 13, 2015

I just stopped taking Truvia and I already started feeling better.OMG! I couldn't believe it.I told a lot of my friends to use it and I'm going to tell them not to use it.Issues I had is pain in my neck and recently started having back pain too.Another symptom I had is heat in my foot.

338.  Echo    Monday, December 28, 2015

Seeing that you keep adding your strawberry/dairy comment to all the comments in which the sufferers express their frustration over Truvira on a level that you cannot tolerate, you might need some enlightment why they might be doing that, and why that way.
You are allergic to strawberry and intolerant to lactose. Lucky you! You are diagnosed and you are in the possession of that knowledge.
Strawberry and lactose are acknowledged to be allergenes and foods must be labelled accordingly when they contain them. And it is a well-know fact that they are.
You said or refert to that people can be sensitive to erythritol.
"Erythritol is just the one least likely to do it but some people are more sensitive then others..."
But tell me, Brian, is erythritol acknowledged to be an allergene just like strawberry and lactose are? Are people warned and products labelled the same way?
I don't think so. The only requirement is to put comment on the packaging that: "Excessive consumption may produce laxative effects."
You also stated mutliple times that "it is very well tolerated by 99.9% of people."
Where do you get that number? Are there officially evaulated statistics available about that statement?
Maybe you are wrong and a bigger part of the population is affected than you think. The world is bigger than the USA and people have erythritol in other countries, too.
These people had to learn the hard way - acted like a guinea pig, ruling other possible substances out -, mostly due to lack of information about what (side) effects erythritol may cause.
And yet they cannot have the satisfying certainty that they can "thank" their health issue to erythritol, just like you can in case of strawberry and lactose.
So please, stop comparing your case (health issues) with erythriltol's!
And as for your provoking question: "should milk and strawberries be banned ....?", the answer is: yes, any allergenes SHOULD BE BANNED FROM THE LIFE OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALLERGY to them! That is not a question.
But first it requires the KNOWLEDGE so that people can able to make the right decision.

339.  Terry    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Brian after reading all your posts It sure sounds like you work for the people who make Truvia

340.  Sarah Vaughter    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sarah Vaughter here, owner of this website and moderator.

I can confirm that we have strong indications that the company that produces Truvia is paying an agency to constantly spam this page with positive spin on Truvia.

We sometimes allow this astroturfing, otherwise the Truvia producers may sue us for "biased censorship leading to financial damage".

341.  Terry    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What happened when you quit Truvia?

342.  Terry    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I have had neck and shoulder problems for 3 years. In fact every muscle has been affected. I was using a total of 6.5 packets a day for coffee and plain yogurt I was also drinking tons of Zero water which also has erythritol each day. I stopped the Truvia 4 days ago and it feels like my body has relaxed for the first time in years. God help us all.

343.  doodeet    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ruthie I have been having a terrible time for years. Glad you are off of it. Watch out as it is other things as in Erythritol in many other things like Zero Water!

344.  doodeet    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Shoulder and neck pain plus stomach problems. I wish more people knew about is. Who would have thought it could cause muscle cramps!

345.  Guest    Thursday, January 7, 2016

Agree! I thought Truvia was just Stevia by another name. Then I thought Purvia might be better, but then I read this Am amazed at the lack of care the FDA shows for the American public

346.  Nick    Monday, February 15, 2016

I tried Truvia and had major muscle cramps in my my upper right back region. Not knowing what caused it I kept drinking and using Truvia and the pain persisted! Not til it dawned on me that I'd switched to Truvia that caused the pain did I stop using it and the pain went away. Not good.

347.  Ann    Monday, February 22, 2016

Thank you for sharing this page. After adding Truvia to my coffee for several days I have been experiencing great stiffness and pain my body. I have also noticed blurred vision almost immediately after drinking it. This is what led me to this page as I sought out the effects of this poison.

348.  Trisha Peterson    Sunday, February 28, 2016

Feb 28, 2016 - Truvia and Migraines
After using Truvia in my coffee for about 3 days straight, I had the WORST migraine I have ever had. It was full on visual, numbness, pain, sensivity to light and noise all followed but throwing up and ending with tenderness. Every since I started having migraines, I am very cautious about what I consume. Truvia is the only change I made to my diet. This stuff should have a warning label and/or be distroyed so nobody else has to endure what we have all been through.
Best regards,

349.  Kathy Nelson    Sunday, March 6, 2016

Thank you for warning people, about Truvia... this stuff is so bad!!! I can't describe to you in words how I've suffered in the past 9 months from it. I can however attest to many of the symptoms that others in here have described, such as the back, arms, neck pain, sores in the month, the insomnia, and also migraines ( something I've never known in my life until recently. Can't thank you enough for collecting data on the negatives of the Truvia sweetener side effects!!!

350.  My fair lady    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I bought the Bai drinks and was so excited to find a substitute to soda but am now feeling side effects as follows: foggy head, can't concentrate, and headaches. Unfortunately, erythritol and Stevia together are not a good match for me.

351.  Ana    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This has been a most enlightening reading...which goes to show you that ignorance is definitely NOT bliss. I was advised by my doctor to drink plenty of water, as he found out I was moderately dehydrated, and needed it to stay healthy. In my efforts to drink it, and since I HATE plain water I started to use Crystal Light with Truvia as a sweetener. Since I wanted to stay away from Splenda and Equal, I thought it was a healthy alternative. I have been using it for two weeks now and have been feeling awful...back and neck pain, swelling on the inside of my mouth and feeling bloated and lethargic. I don't know what possessed me to look up truvia on google, but I am delighted with having come upon your website. All of a sudden everything makes sense and I no longer think I am falling apart from the inside out. It is rewarding to read other readers' experiences as they mirror my own. As soon as I am done writing this, I am throwing my packets out and will never eat or drink anything that has it as an ingredient. I will put my big girl panties on and suck it up and drink plain old water! Like it or not!
Thank you!

352.  Sammi O'Leary    Monday, May 2, 2016

I just started a low carb diet. I decided to try "natural" Truvia for my hot tea. I only drink one or two mugs a day and I like a little sugar in it. I bought the Truvia packettes. I dumped one in each mug. I thought it was too sweet but kept that amount for 6 days. Since I started my diet I have been all achy especially in my back. I thought I must have been sleeping or sitting wrong. The thing that scares me the most is this intense dizziness. It happens once or twice a day for the last four days. I have never felt dizzy before. Lightheaded maybe but this was severe. I thought I was dying. Today I decided to Google the side effets of Truvia since that is the only new thing in my life. I found this page and realized I have quite a few issues in common with other posters. I have smelled car exhaust, I have had dry mouth that causes coughing, I have many aches, I have dizziness and being lightheaded, and I have headaches. I honestly cant say any of this is related to my Truvia intake but I do feel the extreme severe dizziness is. So scary! I am going to throw my Truvia out and go back to Splenda. Thanks to everyone for sharing your concerns! ~Sammi =0)

353.  Andria    Monday, May 9, 2016

Is this because if the "natural flavors" ? Been doing truvia for 7weeks and the last 4 days have been a migraine like I've never had....

354.  Vincent J. Patti    Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thanks! Your article and it's responses have given me hope. I weaned off of Equal and onto Truvia about 1 1/2 months ago. 3 weeks ago I increased Truvia and stopped Equal altogether. I also experienced intense headaches, stomach cramps, disabling mental fogginess, back and neck aches. I actually had to go to Urgent Care. They gave me an ounce of Lidocaine mixed with Maalox to drink (one of the nastiest things I ever drank). This stabilized my stomach and allowed them to take a battery of tests. Everything came out fine and they attributed my problems to the flu. Although, I do not like the taste of Stevia, I'll be weaning myself off of Truvia and onto Stevia after reading the information in your post. I have been truly disabled for about a month with this problem.

355.  backtonature    Monday, May 30, 2016

I am so glad to find this page. I have been suffering from the shoulder and neck and head pain that Dave Landis' mother above did for about 2 years. Then I began having nausea, vomiting and really bad intestinal cramps as well with the musculoskeletal pain. I did not associate it with the Quest bars I was eating that have erythritol as the primary sweetener. In terms of the shoulder neck, head pain, why would I? Then I bought some Swerve and used the granular stuff in small amounts without major problems. But I used the confectioner's Swerve to make a single serving chocolate treat from a website I typically trust. It had lots of positive comments and was delicious. The next morning I spent in the bathroom with hours of severe intestinal cramping. Only then did I realize that the culprit in the Quest bars was erythritol. I am appalled to think that I wasted all those days of sick leave and weekends because of this product. It has been touted as the safest of the artificial sweeteners, so it didn't even dawn on me that I might have a problem with this.

356.  Marybeth    Friday, June 10, 2016

I am SO glad I found all this info. I started Truvia 3 days ago. About 3/4 teaspoon in my coffee x two cups per day. That was it! And for 3 days straight I have this sickly sweet taste in my mouth similar to the aftertaste from Sweet n Low. But worse? Bloating. Cramping. Generalized unwell. Dizzy. Freezing cold and overwhelmingly sleepy. Made the neuropathy from my knees to my toes totally worse like nothing before. Headache. Constipation that actually caused a bleeding hemorrhoid! Never again. Aside from all the horrible physical side effects, the misinformation ! Unbelievable. Shouldn't that be legally addressed??? My own way of getting satisfaction? Telling everyone about my experience.

357.  Nancy    Saturday, August 20, 2016

I have been more constipated than usual since using Truvia. I don't know if that is the cause or not as I have been doing everything right eating lots of fiber, drinking tons of water, oatmeal, prunes, you name it! The Truvia is the only thing different I have added. But most people in this article talks about having diarrhea. So I am going to stop using it to see what happens. Oh and I also am getting some sore spots on my gums and dry mouth as some others have mentioned.

358.  Elisa Lenz    Monday, September 12, 2016

I had 2 cups of tea each with one packet of truvia. During the night I felt a migraine type headache starting. My usual migraines are hormonal and last 3 days. Since I've been taking Esterven my migraines are almost nonexistent. The headache from truvia lasted the three days. In the past, I traced headaches to Purevia as well. I won't be using either ever again. I do not trust Cargill or GMO derived additives. I swear I'm surprised that any of us are still walking around since the pharmaceutical and food manufacturers are hell bent on killing us.

359.  Elisa Lenz    Monday, September 12, 2016

Truvia is not derived from stevia. It just has an ingredient found in stevia. Truvia is derived from GMO corn.

360.  Elisa Lenz    Monday, September 12, 2016

Why ever not believe it? The box and Cargill website say also contains other "natural ingredients"...what are those natural ingredients...they won't say and they aren't compelled by any consumer law to divulge that info. We aren't allowed to know what the heck they're brewing. People react differently. No one can tell me that my headache didn't result from just two packets of this crap.

361.  Cherrie Cadran    Sunday, September 25, 2016

I looked up why I have a bad taste in my mirth after consuming truvia...I can't explain what it is kinda like aluminum taste. I'm not using any longer I'll stick with splenda .

362.  courtney    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I've been using 1 pack Truvia in my latte each morning for the past 3 months. About 2 months in I started feeling fatigued and not myself. An inability to focus well and sleep disruption are a few other symptoms. Truvia never crossed my mind until now so I started switching vitamins and supplements, tried plant based protein shakes, added extra acupuncture sessions, but the symptoms always resurfaced. It wasn't until I started having bloating, gas, and constipation that I really started to disect my diet (which is very healthy). Truvia was the one constant so today I switched to honey. Halfway through my day I noticed my normal energy level returning and felt great. It's clear to me that Truvia caused lethargy along with poor digestion. I look forward to a solid night's sleep tonight and am done with any form of alternative sweetners. I'll stick to honey or agave from here on.

363.  Mike    Friday, December 23, 2016

Thank you for the information, my back has been hurting for a few weeks and I was trying to figure out why. Who would have thought that something I was using to become heather was going to make me feel sicker.

364.  dick7828    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

any one who is using splenda should wake up it causes kidney problems

365.  Sher    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I have been using trivia for about a month. I usually am a very active person and never sick. Blood pressure and everything was always good. Well I suddenly started having severe lower back pain ' pain in my knee and in my elbow. Tonight I am in bed and my blood pressure is 149/95 have a headache. Not going to blame it on trvia but that is the only thing different and I usually
It a cup inmy gallon of tea which I drink almost a gallon a day. I am going to stop using it and see if I start to get better. I also thought could be sugar detoxing. So we will see

366.  Mark    Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trivia = Never Again! I have been Healthy for 60 Years until I used Truvia. I had abdominal pain, constipation, gas for months. I used it in my coffee and the symptoms started and were constant throughout the day. I went to my gastrointestinal doctor several times and finally the PA suggested trying a restricted diet, which included no sugar substitutes that ended in "ol". Truvia feel into that category. I stop taking Truvia and within 48 hours the gas and abdominal pain was almost completely gone. Natural my a**....

367.  Theresa    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I have been using Truvia for the last couple of years believing I was doing something good. I eat clean and excercise regularly. I have been experiencing joint pain in my fingers and other discomfort. I have never thought that it could be associated with using this poison marketed as healthy until I Googled and found this site. I will no longer use this product, and I am so sickened to realize I may have been doing so much harm to my body. Thanks for the information.

368.  Cheryl    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I have been using Truvia on and off for the past 6 months. I never had joint pain before, I am in my 40s and am very athletic and in good health. I noticed that for the past several days I have had tachycardia at night. I could not find the cause until tonight when I had nothing for the past 3 hours to eat or drink but herbal tea with Truvia. My heart is thumping and my body temperature is higher, as if I had a jolt of caffeine (which I cannot tolerate). I am so grateful to have come across this site as I would not have thought that the cause of these effects were the artificial sweetener that I so naively thought was "natural". I am stopping Truvia consumption and am going to let others know of its dangers. I DID NOT SLEEP LAST NIGHT AND NOW I KNOW IT WAS MY BEDTIME HERBAL TEA WITH THE TRUVIA.

369.  KJ    Saturday, December 16, 2017

I used Truvia for baking once. The next day I stood up at work and extremely intense pain starting in my hip shot down my thigh. Quickly followed by nausea and diarhea. I have Rheumatoid arthritis and ended up on pain medication for quite awhile because the strong joint pain did not lessen. It was months before I could go back to Tylenol. I now use honey and sometimes maple syrup for recipes. Occasionnally I drink tea with a very small amount honey or agave syrup (a little goes a long way). If you have any autoimune disease or disorder I recommend looking for AIP recipes.

370.  Chris    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My father started using Truvia in his iced tea. He also started having abdominal pain and diarrhea. I suggested that he not use Truvia to see if it goes away.

371.  Kim    Monday, January 22, 2018

I don't feel artificial sweeteners should be used the way a lot of people on this site use them. I wouldn't even consider using a whole pack in any one drink because it alters the taste too much. One should be striving for a hint of sweet, not a full blown sugary drink. You could say the same thing about any diet soda. Everyone wants their cake.... If it gives you body pain- then sure stop using it, but try a little restraint.

372.  Stallion    Friday, May 4, 2018

For months now I have experienced lower back pain, red eyes, joint pains, abdominal pains, and rib pains. I've seen various doctors and they run their tests and then look at me like I'm crazy for my complaints. As if I'm a hypochondriac or something. And so it became clear that I had to find answers for myself as they're not really helping me. Now I've come across this webpage. Although I've used Truvia for a year and a half now, I really kicked up the usage right before my back pain and anxiety kicked up. Hypoglycemic symptoms have also occured a lot but I am not diabetic. I will discontinue usage and then return with an update to see if my symptoms resolve.

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