The Committee concluded that the
new data were sufficient to allow the additional safety factor of 2 and the
temporary designation to be removed and established an ADI for steviol glycosides of 0– 4 mg/kg bw expressed as steviol.
If we do the maths:
15g of Flavour Boost x 24mg of Steviol Glycosides/g = 360mg of Steviol Glycosides/day
Considering an average-weight person of 70Kg, the maximum amount of Steviol Glycosides/day this person should be consuming is:
70Kg x 4 mg/kg bw = 280mg of Steviol Glycosides/day
So, consuming 15g of Flavour Boosts per day, we will be consuming 80mg more of Steviol Glycosides than the maximum recommended amount by the World Health Organization.
Can you please let me know if I should be concerned about that?
The Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is NOT the maximum safe amount to consume per day - it is the amount of a substance that people can consume in food or beverages on a daily basis over the course of their entire life without any appreciable risk to health.
The ADI set for steviol glycosides is expressed as steviol equivalents of 4 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. This equates to approximately 12 mg of high purity stevia extracts per kilogram of body weight per day.
To put the ADI for high-purity stevia glycosides into perspective, a 70 kg person would need to consume approximately 40 packets of a tabletop stevia sweetener per day for the rest of their life to reach the ADI.
The ADI was established using a safety factor of 100, which includes a 10 times factor to account for potential differences between humans and animal species used in toxicological testing, and a 10 times factor to account for potential differences within the human population, such as between children and adults.
Therfore any potential increased susceptibility of children compared to adults to steviol glycosides has been proactively addressed in the establishment of the ADI. Some of the studies used to establish the ADI demonstrated that daily doses of steviol glycosides as high as 1,000 milligrams per person per day were well-tolerated by both healthy people with normal glucose metabolism and those with type-2 diabetes.
I found Huel’s level of transparency around its ingredients and nutritional info impressive. This “confidentiality” is disappointing, please reconsider this policy for the sake of transparency and user trust.
If there is a level of stevia that you do not want to hit, please let us know and we will help to accommodate your request.
Providing the exact amounts of ingredients is highly unusual and the vast majority of companies do not do this. I’d be surprised if you can find a company that provides as much transparency as Huel e.g you won’t know the amount of flour or chicken in a sandwich even if you can see the separate ingredients.