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The Buzz on Stevia

Everyone these days seems to be cutting back on their consumption of artificial flavors and ingredients. And with good reason, it’s widely known and accepted that natural foods are better for the body and make us feel better. But what about natural sweeteners?

The buzz these days has been all about Stevia, a natural sweetener derived from the leaf of a South American shrub (shown left). Recently PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have created new products with the sweetener and more and more products are using it instead of other artificial sweeteners.

But how natural is Stevia and, like other calorie-free sweeteners, will it increase appetite? An article on MSNBC addresses that and more.