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No, this isn't some new, tween-targeted Disney Channel show about twins in middle school. Zevia
is a fairly new soda brand, mostly sold in specialty food shops like the Fresh Market. Instead of using sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, or unicorn laughter as a sweetener, Zevia uses stevia.
Zevia, which sells for about 99 cents for a 12-ounce can, sounds great on paper. It's made with stevia, a plant in the sunflower family that's about 300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia was given the green light by the FDA to be used as a sweetener in foods in 2008. Since then, it's been marketed as the most-natural sugar substitute. You can even buy a stevia plant at your local Home Depot for about $4, and the leaves can be chewed or made into a sweet tea.More »