There’s no question that America has an issue with sugar. Diabetes and obesity are on the rise, and one look at the packaging of any convenience food says it all—sugar is nearly impossible to escape.

That’s where alternative sweeteners come in, and although many products have lofty claims, they rarely live up to expectations. So ditch the chemicals and lab creations, and instead learn more about natural alternatives to sugar like Natvia and Norbu.

Norbu is a sugar-free sweetener blend made from monk fruit extract and erythritol. Monk fruit, also called Luo Han Guo, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for obesity and diabetes for centuries. The fruit is native to the remote mountains of southern China and northern Thailand, and has a light flavor that is pleasantly sweet without overwhelming the palate. Combined with erythritol, a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in some fruit and fermented foods, the Norbu blend is one of the best sugar alternatives on the market.

The monk fruit extract and erythritol are granulated, but the particles are so small and smooth that the blend could pass for a powder. It dissolves well in liquids and holds up nicely to baking. The flavor is layered and multifaceted. Unlike sugar, which dulls the taste buds and assaults the senses, Norbu’s sweetness grows gradually, with a fruity, full finish and a cool aftertaste.

Natvia adheres to the same idea, but instead of monk fruit extract, it relies on high-quality stevia. This natural sweetener is a fan favorite of the world’s top baristas and coffee roasters; in fact, Natvia is associated with the World Barista Championship, as well as other coffee events around the globe. It was extensively tested for flavor and texture—crafted with the use in coffee and tea in mind—and was finally released to the public in 2009. Natvia has a clean, sweet, natural flavor with no artificial aftertaste and zero calories per serving, and it contains only the highest-quality stevia from plants that are certified GMO free by the Non-GMO Project.

Natvia and Norbu provide healthier, low-calorie options for replacing sugar and artificial sweeteners, and are commonly recommended by health practitioners for patients dealing with diabetes, fructose malabsorption, blood sugar dysregulation and weight management issues.

For more information about these alternative sweeteners or for online ordering, visit Natvia.com and NorbuSweetener.Com.au.