Other good substitutes for refined sugar (Skinny Bitch; from page 31):
"Other good substitutes for refined sugar include evaporated cane juice, Sucanat, brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, Rapadura sugar, Turbinado sugar, raw sugar, beet sugar, date sugar, maple syrup, molasses, and blackstrap molasses. (Some companies add lard to maple syrup or molasses to reduce foaming, so be sure you are buying 100 percent pure, organic products.) Don't shit and piss yourselves, but all of these natural sweeteners possess one or more of the following health benefits: enzymes, calcium, iron, potassium, protein, the B vitamins, magnesium, chromium, fiber, and folic acid. Some even contain complex carbohydrates. We'are not saying you should eat naturally sweetened cupcakes three meals a day. We're just saying that you can have your cake and eat it. Just use your head regarding the amount of sweets you consume."