A Natural Sweetener — Stevia
If you are like me, you are probably wondering if Stevia will be another Agave story. The truth is, I used to eat agave, but I didn't do the research before consuming this alternative sweetener. I heard from a doctor that agave was so much better than eating sugar or honey and that I should be using it in everything for which I normally used sugar. I honestly didn't add sugar in many things, but then again, I didn't realize how much sugar, maltose, dextrose, or high-fructose syrup were in the foods I used to eat.
When my new doctor told me I could only have stevia, I first did some research to make sure this "sweetener" legitimately didn't raise blood glucose levels and was natural. I recommend you read more here or do your own research before you try it.
I told my doctor I couldn't stand the bitter aftertaste of stevia. Then he told me about a product line called NuStevia which I now buy online. It's been a lifesaver, and I use it in everything from smoothies and soups to pancakes and homemade marinara—or in Sweet Earth Cakes' gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan desserts.
Please know it's never going to taste like real sugar, but it is sweet without the harsh after taste of regular stevia and it's strong, so you'll only need a fraction of the amount compared to regular sugar. This is your chance to enjoy your sweets without the guilt or nasty side effects!