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Stevia is a sugar substitute made from the leaves of the stevia plant. It is a non-nutritive, intense sweetener, which means it contains no kilojoules (energy). Stevia products you can buy from the supermarket are extracted and purified versions of the plant, but because it is from ‘natural’ sources, many people think it is a healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) and saccharin (Sweet’N Low).
Regardless of the origin, tuckshop menus are generally no place for artificial or intense sweeteners. A small amount of sugar added to a baked product helps to enhance the flavour, and sweet recipes can be made healthier by using less sugar, adding fruit, using wholemeal flour, swapping to a polyunsaturated margarine, and making smaller portions.