MRSTABER, if you've never tried it, you definitely should. It's natural for one thing, and I find that since it's so sweet I use less of it than recommended.
I've tried Stevia In The Raw and SweetLeaf brands. Both are very good in my opinion. The knock on stevia is the aftertaste some have. I find SITR to have a very slight aftertaste that is not bad, especially with a little getting used to. While the SL has no detectable aftertaste, I actually prefer the slight taste of SITR in my homemade iced tea. It tastes fresher IMO.
There are other popular brands like Truvia, but Truvia contains Erythritol, a sugar alcohol. While SITR has dextrose, I decided I'd rather go with dextrose than Erythritol. SL has inulin, which is actually GOOD for you, because it's a natural soluble fiber that acts as a prebiotic.
Confused? You should be, I was. Basically all Stevia sweetener brands have some kind of additive in order for there to be some kind of *volume* in the little packets (because Stevia is 200-400 times sweeter than sugar so very little is needed). Also the additives help it to pour.
So the bottom line is when choosing a brand, decide which additive you want in your Stevia (all are OK for health from what I know), and read some reviews on Amazon to see what others are saying about aftertaste, if any, to guide your decisions on which brands to try first.
ETA: You can also find a SP article on Stevia here: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
Edited by: ARCSPARKS at: 5/14/2012 (16:48)