Utterly fantastic! But BeFoodSmart forgot the North American classic: real maple syrup. So, if you don’t care about the calories, and want a delicious flavor, choose real (100%) maple syrup. Grade B tends to have a stronger kick for the calories and it’s a touch less expensive. Don’t even consider that fake flavored nonsense.

How to Choose a Sweetener
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Another alternative is to add a dash of fruit juice to beverages. A tablespoon or two of apple cider, for example, can sweeten and flavor iced tea very nicely. Similarly, cherry juice concentrate can flavor and sweeten baked goods. For baked goods, you can also use naturally sweet fruit/vegetable puree and enhance sweetness with spices. Mashed banana, applesauce, or sweet potato can form a nice base for muffins, quick bread, pancakes, and waffles. Cinnamon both enhances sweet flavors and helps temper the impact of sugar on your insulin and blood sugar levels, so toss a bit in whenever you are making something sweet. Cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and ground ginger all emphasize natural sweetness.

Or, gasp, skip it altogether and go savory for breakfast and dessert. Good fruit and nuts or cheese for all!

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