There are many sugar substitutes on the market, but there are a couple of alternatives that might be superior to the traditional non-nutrative artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin. Some researchers believe consumption of artificial sweeteners leads to weight gain and altered gut microbiota. While the debate rages on, here are two of the newer alternatives showing up in products lately.
Made from the leaves of a plant grown in Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, and China
200-300 times sweeter taste than table sugar
Considered "no calorie", as it has less than 5 grams of carbohydrates
Has no impact on blood sugar or insulin levels
Highly purified extract is recognized by the FDA as generally safe in food
Heat stable, so can be used in baking
Brand names of stevia-containing products include: Stevia in the Raw, Purevia, Truvia