Personally I believe Stevia is the best natural alternative sweetener available today.
Many complain about a bitter aftertaste with stevia, but this is typically related to the processing. I find some of the best forms of Stevia are also available as liquid drops from Now Foods and Swanson Vitamins.
I get it from NOW Foods and it has minimal bitterness.
It is about 200 times sweeter than sugar in its concentrated from.
Monk Fruit (Lo Han Kuo) is another natural sweetener similar to Stevia, but it’s a bit more expensive and harder to find.
In China, the Lo Han fruit has been used as a sweetener for centuries, and it’s about 200 times sweeter than sugar.
Because it is so sweet, it is sometimes mixed in small quantities with dextrose to make it into more of a bulk product and easy to portion out
Dextrose, is a safe alternative to sugar, though not my first choice. It is also known as glucose. It turns out you can buy pure glucose (dextrose) as a sweetener for about $1 a pound. It is only 70 percent as sweet as sucrose. It has ZERO grams of fructose. Remember, glucose can be used directly by every cell in your body and as such is far safer than the metabolic poison fructose. However it does have a significant caloric value.
The Dextrose Molecule – The dextrose molecule is one of the most ubiquitous in nature. More commonly called glucose in the scientific literature, dextrose is a monosaccharide, meaning it’s made up of a single sugar ring
The Sucrose Molecule (table sugar – Not Safe!) – Sucrose is an example of a molecule that contains dextrose, chemically combined with another monosaccharide — namely fructose. The sucrose molecule is therefore a disaccharide, meaning it’s made up of two sugar units. Because sucrose contains both dextrose and fructose — and because fructose is much sweeter, sucrose is sweeter than dextrose. The fructose is what makes sugar deadly.