sweeteners

  • Focus On: Stevia

    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.

  • Stevia Takes a Back Seat

    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.

  • Sweet Madness

    Sugar is popular for a reason—it can make any food taste amazing. Sugar became a commodity in the early 1500s, yet there is evidence of people chewing sugarcane for its sweetness as early as 350 AD. While those who lived in ancient times didn’t know exactly what made sugarcane so sweet and delicious, they continued to use the sugarcane for the quick burst of energy it provided.

    Sugar changed the world, but don't let it change you!
    By Brooke Holmgren and Cara Lucas
  • So Long, Sugar!

    Ousting the sweet stuff from your diet can temper a litany of health complaints, from high cholesterol to digestive woes. But don’t go cold turkey—that can lead to lethargy, headaches, and mood swings—especially if you have a serious sweet tooth. To help you go sugar free without the side effects:

    By Meghan Rabbitt