- April 30th, 2013
WHAT IT IS: Stevia is an extract from the plant Stevia rebaudiana, which originated in the rainforests of Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia is used as an alternative to sugar. The flavor comes from glycosides—particularly stevioside, which is 200 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar.
- January 1st, 2013
There is a new challenger in the no-calorie alternative sweetener race. Stevia may still be king, but monk fruit (a small gourd-like fruit native to China) is building its own power base.
- July 27th, 2011Going natural can both satisfy your sweet tooth and add nutrition to your diet.By Cara Lucas
- April 1st, 2008
As you know, when you eat sugar (or simple carbohydrates), your blood glucose levels rise, and your pancreas releases insulin to usher the sugar into cells. As a diabetic, however, you either don’t produce enough insulin or your cells don’t respond to the insulin (or both), and your blood glucose levels remain sky high.I’m diabetic. Should I use artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda or NutraSweet, instead of sugar?By Lisa Lanzano, RD