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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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Gabriella Bertelmann

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.

Ana Carolina d.
Ana Carolina d.3 years ago

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

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

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

William and Kat Dresbach
Katie D.3 years ago

Thank You for the Information!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago