Stevia is a plant that grows in Brazil that tastes naturally sweet; therefore, it is dried out and ground up and is a great substitute for sugar, eliminating unwanted calories. It does have a little aftertaste, as if it was artificial, but it is not. Stevia is becoming easier to find in the mass market, and most vitamin shops and health food stores carry it in a box or in little packets that you can take with you to work, school or wherever it's convenient.
Something you may not know is that 80% of all stevia now comes from China. If you trust China to safely produce any food "product," you have a lot to reconsider. China has proven time and time again, that they cannot be trusted for quality. So you may want to think twice about stevia.
Truvia and PureVia are mixed with chemicals in a laboratory. It may come from something natural, but it's not natural anymore. Splenda tried to fool the natural sugar substitute "world" when they claimed in their tagline that it came from natural sugar cane, but the other big artificial sweetener companies complained so much, even in court, that Splenda had to trash the slogan. After all, Splenda is a chemical concoction, just like Truvia and PureVia.
Truvia & Purevia are chemical concoctions Don't eat it. Don't drink it. Lump it in with sorbitol, sucralose and aspartame as something UNNATURAL that you don't want swimming around in your blood stream, or sticking inside organs for long periods of time. Some research shows that artificial sweeteners may never get expelled by the human body, because they taste sweet, so the body tries to ingest the lab concoction and use it for energy, which is like a Trojan horse slipping past the blood-brain barrier and doing chronic damage. Insert Obamacare, huge medical bills, chemo and radiation and you've got the main reason why Big Pharma is Big Pharma.
Artificial Sweeteners - the Trojan Horses!
Want to mutate your cells and help cancer develop? Will you become a statistic and get prescribed chemical statin drugs for a chemically driven disorder of your cells? Will you feed the cancer superweeds more Roundup, by eating GMO food, GMO sweeteners, synthetic additives and preservatives? Know the difference between organic and artificial. Check out "Fooducate," the free smart phone app that scans barcodes to tell you if something is artificial, GMO or simply "in question."
What Sweeteners Are Safe?
This answer is short and sweet! Pure, unpastuerized, unfiltered, raw honey is your best bet. Raw, unprocessed honey is a superfood that is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and phytonutrients. Processed honey on the other hand has been heated and pasteurized, and can contain botulism and High Fructose Corn Syrup, (HFCS). Processed honey is not anantibacterial, and is dangerous for diabetics and infants under 12 months old. Be sure to know your source for your honey and also that unprocessed honey crystalizes uniformly (not in chunks as processed honey does). If your local farmer is telling you their honey is raw and it crystalizes in chunks instead of turning a creamy consistency...they are lying to you.
100% Pure maple syrup comes in a close second however. Pure maple syrup is composed of balanced sugars, minerals, vitamins and amino acids which makes it unique from other sweeteners. The majority of the minerals making up pure maple syrup are potassium, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. The most common maple syrup sold in supermarkets is composed of corn syrup with about 20% maple syrup sugar, artificial flavor and color and preservatives. Again, know your source. Read the label. Know what is in it.