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Stevia, the Natural Sweetener

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.

Learn more:
The best sugar alternatives
A simple plan to get healthy from head to toe

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

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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7:01AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

4:03AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thanks for sharing

11:03AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

I love stevia and have used it - not a lot, as I don't need sweet that much - what about the other article here which points to harmful effects in the gut? Now I am confused.

10:33PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

I use Natvia. It's 100% Natural made from Stevia plant. It's low calories and diabetic friendly! It's very good. healthy and no after taste! check out

8:28PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

I buy my stevia extract from Trader Joe's. I use it in my coffee daily and have never noticed any bitter aftertaste.

9:16AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Thank You for the Information!

7:34AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012


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