Sugar gets a bad reputation and, honestly, the bad reputation is deserved. Sugar is loaded with calories and the nutritional value is very low. What sugar does have going for it is an enjoyable taste. Sugar also provides a viable source of energy. The bad things associated with sugar, however, often exceed the perceived benefits. The health conscious are wisely advised to keep their sugar intake low.
Most people try to avoid processed sugars or awful substitutes such as high-fructose corn syrup. Avoiding such things is definitely well advised. Substituting them for natural brown sugar or sweet honey, while seemingly a better plan, might not be all that beneficial.
Any and all sources of sugar bring forth problems for your health. Healthy people like Keith Mann agree that opting to use common substitutes for processed sugar is not a reliable plan. A much better strategy is to just cut back on all sources of sugar. Really, adding any type of sugar to your diet is going to yield problems.
Just try to go “sugar free: as much as possible. That is the best advice available.