I happened to glance at the BBC news site yesterday, and saw this intriguing article about the quest to find a replacement for refined, white sugar. I’d agree with a lot of what the author said, but with one MAJOR caveat:
STEVIA is not an artificial sweetener. The fact that it is not sugar does not in any way make it artificial or synthetic (I know, artificial is synthetic). Stevia is just as much plant-sourced as sugar is.