Wouldn't evaperated cane juice work as well as sugar? It is freeze dried cane juice that looks and tastes like Sugar because it IS sugar... only NOT refined.
My understanding is that it is the REFINING that is bad. Many health experts believe that Sugar is ok in limited quanities, but the refining strips the Sugar of live enzymes that our body needs to digest the sugar. Makes sense to me.
I have only eaten organic evapoated juice for the last 7 years - one pound lasts me about 6 months (Unless I bake with it). I dont eat refined flour or refined rice either. I don't know if its related or not, but haven't come down with a cold or the flu in 7 years either.