I've used Stevia for years. It is not an artificial sweetener, it is an herb. I prefer the liquid. One bottle lasts forever. I'm allergic to artificial sweeteners, but I don't feel they are particularly safe anyway, so wouldn't consume them even if not. We also use agave nectar, raw honey, and organic raw sugar, as necessary. If I'm going to bake, I use the sugar as we don't eat much in the way of baked goods.