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Cutting out sugar from your diet—while undeniably healthy—is no easy feat—so when a new healthy replacement for the sweet stuff (AKA “the devil“) comes along, it’s noteworthy. One question, though: How far are you willing to go to avoid it while still getting your fix for sweets?

One food tech startup is banking on something…unorthodox: human breast milk. (And you thought stevia was controversial.)

“[It] leads to a healthier digestive system, healthier gut, which will then help in boosting your immune system as well.”

Sugarlogix co-founders Chaeyoung Shin and Kulika Chomvong are on a quest to synthetically create a specific type of human milk sugar, 2′-fucosyllactose, according to Fast Company. “This leads to a healthier digestive system, healthier gut, which will then help in boosting your immune system as well,” Shin says. It’s no surprise, considering how healthy breast milk is in general. Apparently, it also helps prevent E.coli and protect against other bad bacteria.

According to Fast Company, the startup’s primary goal is to release 2′-fucosyllactose as a supplement, and then work toward using it as a sugar replacement in gut-friendly foods, like yogurt and kombucha. And while they are replicating breast milk sugar as closely as they can, you can rest assured the actual human by-product won’t be making it into supermarkets anytime soon.

You might be better off cutting sugar cravings all together. Here’s how Kate Middleton and Zac Efron do it.