Lately, I’ve been talking about the various sugar substitutes on the market. Most recently I told you about stevia and agave nectar. Recently, I stumbled upon the newest sugar substitute on the block – Nectresse™ – brought to you by the wonderful folks that brought us Splenda®!
The question is this: Is Nectresse™ 100% natural as the label claims? I found this article from Natural News that suggests that perhaps it is not.
According to the Nectresse™ website, “NECTRESSE™ Natural No Calorie Sweetener is a combination of deliciously sweet Monk Fruit Extract blended with other natural sweeteners (erythritol, sugar and molasses) to bring you the rich sweet taste of
sugar without all the calories.”
What is Monk Fruit, you might ask? It’s scientific name is Siraitia grosvenorii. It’s a melon from southern China. It is about the size of a lemon and is said to resemble the bald head of a monk; hence the name. You can read more from Wikipedia.
The ingredient list reads as follows (in order): erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, molasses. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol. It is most often derived from corn and therefore is likely to be GMO. It’s also likely that the sugar and molasses are GMO.
So, if a product contains 4 ingredients, 3 of which are most likely GMO, can it really be considered natural? Of course, they can put “Natural” on the label because it has no legal definition. Personally? I’m staying away from it.