Stevia, the Natural Sweetener
Q: How do you feel about the natural sweetener Stevia?
A: This is a timely question because over the next year we are going to see an explosion of products containing stevia.
I have grown stevia in my own garden and have used it to sweeten things like iced tea. It is many more times sweeter than sugar and many people complain about a bitter aftertaste.
If you are looking for an alternative to no-calorie sweeteners or are a diabetic looking for an all-natural sugar substitute, stevia is a good choice. Just keep in mind that you may have to get used to the taste.
Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.
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