i am a baker. i focus on breads, muffins and pancakes, and fancier desserts. at home i only bake with whole grains and no white sugar at all. usually i try to limit my use of turbinado, muscavado, brown or any other type of straight sugar, too. i try if possible to use honey, fruit sweet (pure, reduced fruit juice), and/or agave nectar (though its a bit pricey). i never use splenda or any other artificial sweetener either. i occasionally add a pinch of pure 100% stevia extract for extra sweetness.