The foods we consume contain sugar, but using a lot of sugar is not healthy, especially the refined sugar is quite detrimental to health. It can increase the risk of diabetes and obesity. We definitely cannot avoid sugar completely, therefore you need to choose good and healthy alternative for sugar. Yes, many people are becoming health conscious and rely on natural sweeteners, which are calorie free. Stevia is an herb, which is natural sweetener with zero calories yet sweeter than sugar. It is a perfect alternative for sugar. This herb can be grown at home in your kitchen garden. Now, you can make your own sweetener derived from the herb for your personal use. It is the best alternative to artificial sweeteners and safe for diabetic patients too. The link below gives info on how to make your own stevia herbal extract at home.