Natural sweeteners are very popular as an alternative sweetening agent to sugarcane or fructose corn syrup. Sugarcane is the granulated regular table sugar, obtained from a tropical grass, by pressing to extract the juice, then boiling, cooling, and allowing it to crystallize into granules. The chemistry of alternative sweeteners is extensive: from simple sugars to other chemicals. Examples include honey, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, molasses, xylitol, aspartame, sucralose, stevia, and agave.