"Stevia is a South American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. The leaves of this small, green Stevia rebaudiana plant have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar." Quoted from www.stevia.com
It is a zero calorie alternative to sugar, and unlike Splenda, isn't chemically engineered from sugar! (I've been trying to find the article I read, but I can't seem to right now. It talked about how Splenda actually kills off the good bacteria in your intestines. There's a reason it's good bacteria, we need it!)
Here is a really good article talking about the different artificial sweeteners, and how Stevia is not artificial, but is actually a non-caloric herb!
Stevia comes in different flavours, liquids, powders etc. I bought the French Vanilla drops, and it's wonderful to add a few drops to a cup of coffee etc. You get a sweetener and flavour all at once! I really want to try the chocolate and root beer flavours now too!
Because it's so much sweeter then regular sugar, here is a chart from the same website to help you adjust baking etc. Of course there are many different brands, this is just the brand I came across. The one I bought is actually a Now Foods product bought at a local health food store.
Stevia - Sugar Substitute Chart
|Use the Chart below to find out how much stevia you need to substitute for sugar in your recipe.|