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What is Rebiana and Is Rebiana Safe?

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Updated May 09, 2014

Question: What is Rebiana and Is Rebiana Safe?
Answer: Rebiana is the name of a zero-calorie sweetener made from stevia. Rebiana is derived from a specific part of the stevia plant using a highly refined process. Rebiana is made from steviol glycoside rebaudioside A (Reb-A).

In December of 2009, the FDA issued a letter stating the Rebiana and other products made from a specific part of the stevia plant and meeting purity standards of 97% or higher would be "non-objectionable" as food additives. This was a semi-reversal of the FDA's previous stance on stevia products. Until 2009, stevia products were banned as food additives in the U.S. because of research that indicated a possible cancer risk. Cargill, the agricultural giant, was able to demonstrate to the FDA that Reb-A containing products were safe and the FDA agreed.

You can find Rebiana in assorted products, most notable the sweetener Truvi which is sold as a stand alone sweetener and also found in Coco-Cola products.

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