Stevia is another wonderful alternative to refined sugar. The great thing about it is that it’s all-natural and does not have side effects like artificial sweeteners. It comes from the leaves of a small, green shrub in South America. It is 200 to 300 times sweeter than regular table sugar and guess what it does not contain any calories! No carbs or sugars so it’s zero on the glycemic index. You can add it to your coffee or tea, and it can also be used in baking. When you use it though, keep in mind that Stevia is very sweet. In fact one teaspoon is usually enough to substitute for one cup of sugar. You can get Stevia at natural grocery stores, health food stores, or online.