As the nasty truth behind artificial sweeteners is out, stevia comes to the rescue without wrecking havoc on your health. Stevia is an all natural botanical sweetener made from a plant, typically grown in South America, that is 200 times sweeter than sugar. If you are looking for a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without artificial sugars, you may want to give stevia a go. Some quick benefits include:

  1. Won’t raise blood insulin levels or spike blood sugars.
  2. Safe for teeth.
  3. Lowers high blood pressure.
  4. Easy to substitute into cooking. Stevia is available in liquid form and can be incorporated into everything from baking to smoothies and even into drinks.

Companies like Zevia are using the sweetener to create a smarter alternative to sodas. The product has zero calories, zero sugar and no impact on blood glucose levels.

Paddy Spence, the former VP of Sales & Marketing at Kashi and a Harvard Business School graduate, found interest in the product after giving sugar up 13 years ago. As an avid triathlete, he realized the amount of sugar he was taking in through supplements and energy bars. Among the 15 flavors on store shelves, you will find Orange, Ginger Root Beer, Black Cherry, Ginger Ale, Lemon-Lime Twist, Dr. Zevia, Crème Soda and Grape.