Conner, a nutritionist, has an article up at Psychology Today. She doesn’t have too much heartburn about my allowance of stevia in the Parker paleo diet. For example, she writes:
Stevia, a non-caloric sweetener derived from the stevia rebaudiana plant, is a useful sugar alternative, if you don’t mind its slightly metallic, licorice-like taste. Choose minimally processed stevia (green-leaf liquid and powder) rather than the heavily processed white powder. (Stevia processing involves dozens of steps and lots of non-nutritive chemicals to conver tit form green leaf to white powder.)
So, rather than search for the “perfect” sweetener, a better use of our creative energy might be to figure out how to lower our desire for sweet tastes and seek satisfaction from other flavors.
She favors honey when she uses a sweetener. But many diabetics will have unacceptable blood sugar spikes if they eat too much honey.
Much of her article is about sucralose (Splenda).