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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

Monk Fruit Sweetener

  • Made from the fruit found in Southern China

  • Sweetness from an antio...

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