Despite my status as a nutritionist, I'll admit I have a serious sweet tooth—which is probably why I've never been a big fan of sugar alternatives.
It's always seemed to me like science hasn't quite figured out how to mimic the taste of sugar without an unpleasant aftertaste or strange texture.
Plus, like many people, I've been wary of faux sugars' safety. If I'm going to indulge in something sweet, I figure it's worth going for the real thing.
With this in mind, I duly whipped up a batch of lemon muffins, replacing their sugar content entirely with Purecane. (The brand states that it can be used as a one-to-one substitute for sugar.)
When the baked goods emerged from the oven, their appearance and texture were no different from what I'd expect from a recipe with real sugar.
They rose nicely with perky yellow tops and featured a nice moistness and tender crumb.
Ok, you might think, maybe Purecane may taste like sugar, but zero-calorie sugar substitutes don't have the sweetest reputation. (Check out our explainer on alternative sweeteners' safety.)
The next question, of course, is whether Purecane's ingredients come with any drawbacks for health.
If you're on a keto diet, eating low-carb, or living with diabetes, Purecane could offer an excellent antidote for sweet cravings.