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Artificial sweetness: Is sugar a sprinkling of natural goodness or a dangerous toxic chemical?

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Cereals are one of sugar's hiding spots.
Cereals are one of sugar's hiding spots.
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Life has never been sweeter. We order our coffees and chai lattes with all sorts of syrupy extras. Tim Tams come in a never-ending array of flavours. And we can't get enough of pastel-hued macarons - although they have to watch their pretty little backs, considering that red velvet cupcakes and cake pops were among last year's most Googled foods.

Nevertheless, sugar has never had such a bad name. The blogosphere has been abuzz about sugar's supposed sour side since US obesity expert Dr Robert Lustig ranted against its various evils on YouTube; "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" has been viewed almost two million times.

The issue of sugar, however, isn't so black and white. While some experts swear we should forgo it in all its forms, others argue that it's not such a candy-coated evil after all. So, where to draw the line in the sugar?

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