WHY does Advocare tell you to avoid sugar? Is it for nutritional reasons or for philosophical reasons? Both of those are valid, but they'll likely lead to a different answer on this particular question.
If it's purely about nutrition and bodily function, then sugar is sugar is sugar. If the point of avoiding it is to balance your blood glucose or trim calories or re-train your taste and pleasure responses to demand less sweetening, then white sugar, brown sugar, maple sugar, HFCS, honey, agave-- they're all the same.
If it's about avoiding overprocessed foods and getting closer to natural and whole foods, then there might be some wiggle room on the maple sugar. Maple sugar isn't necessarily more nutritious than other sugars, but the only thing removed from it in processing is the water, so mentally it might seem more "natural" than white table sugar or HFCS. In some programs, that mental difference matters.
And then there's also the matter of practicality. Did you already buy and open the almond butter? If so, then I vote for using it instead of letting an expensive product go to waste. The amount of sugar is small, so if that's the only added-sugar product you're using, it shouldn't affect your results. If, on the other hand, you don't have an open jar around, I'd say try a different brand for the 24 days so you get the mental boost of sticking to the letter of the challenge.
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