In the world of sugar substitutes, there’s a new player in town. At least it’s new to me.

This one is called Stevia, and it’s different from the rest. Apparently it’s all-natural, like sugar. It comes from a plant. If this is indeed the case I’d like to know where Stevia was when we invented Nutra-Sweet. He could have spared us all that really bad aftertaste.

That said, here’s the curious thing. I tried Stevia for the first time the other day. All-natural or not, I couldn’t help but notice a rather bitter foretaste. Essentially, eating Stevia is eating Nutra-Sweet in reverse. How strange.