To keep things simple we made a list of the nine most popular sweeteners available today and compared them by calories, nutritional benefits, where they fall on the glycemic index and taste. In case you were wondering what the glycemic index is, we've also got that covered. The glycemic index is a number given to a particular food that indicates the food's effect on a person's blood sugar level. To keep things simple, when it comes to sweeteners, the lower the number, the better.
Agave, molasses, brown rice syrup, honey and maple syrup are all liquid sweeteners. Molasses, brown rice syrup and maple syrup are all wonderful when used in baked goods. Honey and agave are best when used in hot and cold liquids (i.e.: hot tea and iced coffee). Coconut sugar and turbinado sugar can be used exactly as you would white sugar. Stevia is VERY sweet so follow the directions on the stevia packaging.
Happy baking and don't forget to STAY SWEET!