What to buy: Trader Joe’s 100% Pure Stevia Extract 1 oz

Cost: $10

Servings per bottle: 622 (lasts several months)


Cutting out sugar doesn’t mean giving up sweetness. There are a ton of sugar substitutes like Saccharin, Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Sucralose etc., but I only found one sweetener that is actually good for you.

Stevia, also known as sweet leaf, is a plant indigenous to South America. It is a natural food supplement that is 30x-100x sweeter than table sugar. It has been valued for its medicinal effects and natural sweetness in Paraguay for over 1,500 years. It has also been widely used in Japan for the past several decades.

Health Benefits: 

  • Naturally 0 calories
  • As opposed to sugar which causes spikes in blood sugar, stevia can lower blood sugar in diabetics and also regulate blood sugar in non-diabetics
  • It can lower elevated blood pressure
  • Kills bacteria that cause tooth decay (like Xylitol). Makes for a good mouth wash.
  • It can increase energy levels and mental activity.
  • It helps reduce cravings for alcohol and tobacco.

Start phasing out sugar and its damaging effects on the body and start getting ahead by replacing your sugar with just a pinch of stevia.