The press is rightly focusing attention on the detrimental health consequences of diets high in refined, processed sugar and now synthetic sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin) have been shown to disrupt our beneficial gut microflora, so what is the alternative?  Well, mother-nature provides several natural alternatives and they just happen to be healthier, tastier, and rather than being ‘empty calories’ – actually provide some useful, healthy nutrients too.