No sweet n low or splenda either. EEEEEEKK!
See if you can find it in bulk, rather than packaged. I think I saw it in the bulk seasonings at Fred Meyer. Maybe.
And there's always honey (well, so far), which is said to have the benefit of helping people deal with allergies. But that's only if you buy local honey. The theory is that a tablespoon or so per day gives you a mini-vaccination of local pollens, and it's supposed to help you build up a resistance to those pollens. You could let it crystallize.
Cane sugar isn't great, but it's better than high-fructose corn syrup (which your body isn't able to recognize), or the new threat, sugar from genetically-modified sugar beets, new in 2008.
Cool thing also is, it's a sweetener that we can potentially grow it. It's tender, so it will have to come inside during winter in the northwest, but it's still an awesome little plant that grows great!
although I take this info with a grain of salt I have read that the human sense of taste has no final limitations on sweetness. meaning that if you are accustomed to one level of sweetness and up it just a bit you will soon become accustomed to that and in order for something to taste really sweet you will then need more. the main reason I put any real stock into this idea is from my own experience. if I eat a super sweet store bought breakfast thingymabob then my coffee doesn't taste sweet even though I put the same amount of sugar in as I have for years.. sometimes something that I would ordinarily think was quite sweet, such as fruit would start tasting consistently sour, usually after some holiday get togethers where I had lots of sugary junk for days in a row. I would then go on a sugar fast. I have found that after about a week, the simple wholesome things tasted sweet again. I recently did a sugar fast, after eating pumpkin pie, nasty cornsyrupy apple pie, and cupcakes over turkey day week I found myslf going back and starting to put a tsp of sugar in my coffee even though I know I already did. sugar fast time. it is really strange to observe myself wanting something that I know is not good for me and that I normally would think was WAAAAY to sweet to the point of being kind of gross just after a few days of allowing myself to eat junk.
Here is some info on it from Plants for a Future: http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Myrrhis+odorata
For example, think of those instant oatmeal packets and how sweet they are. Then, make some old-fashioned oats with just raisins cooked in it for a touch of sweetness. Huge difference! I'm so used to it now, I prefer it less sweet with the hearty, satisfying taste of the real oaty goodness coming through instead of a gluey, icky-sweet pasty yuck.
The stevia extracts and powders are strong sweeteners - some are far better than others - and I guess that even though they can make things quite sweet, stevia has properties that actually curb a sweet tooth.
Tastes just like sugar and rates low on the glycemic index. Even fights tooth decay!
For honey, make sure honey hasn't been filtered, because this takes out the pollen that people need when they buy it for allergies. Also, beware of cheap gaudy brands because unscrupulous suppliers will dilute the honey with corn syrup. How do you know if that has happened? If it crystalizes and there is a liquid layer on top, that means that layer is corn syrup because corn syrup doesn't crystalize. I've seen it with my very own eyes. Check out your local beeman at the farmers market for pure honey.
sheila reavill wrote:For honey, make sure honey hasn't been filtered, because this takes out the pollen that people need when they buy it for allergies. Also, beware of cheap gaudy brands because unscrupulous suppliers will dilute the honey with corn syrup. How do you know if that has happened? If it crystalizes and there is a liquid layer on top, that means that layer is corn syrup because corn syrup doesn't crystalize. I've seen it with my very own eyes.
It's true that fake "honey" is a problem -- added corn syrup, etc., but when honey crystallizes quite often it starts in the middle or the bottom. It doesn't mean there's corn syrup in it.
Also "filtering" doesn't remove pollen but "ultra-filtering" does. Legally, in the US, honey which is ultrafiltered cannot be called honey... but it often is anyway.
Check out your local beeman at the farmers market for pure honey.
Amen! Or start your own hives.