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Sugar is something we often label as bad or unhealthy without really thinking about external factors like what kind of sugar is it? and where did it come from? Often times it is believed that anything but sugar, as long as it's not sugar, is good for you. But you are mistaken.
There are various forms and sources of sugar, not all of which are neccesarily bad for your health. Fruits contain sugar, often times a singular fruit can contain as much sugar as a chocolate bar, but the natural fruit sugar is far better for your health.
The same can be said for honey, which is definitely a type of sugar. But honey, unlike granulated cooking sugar, is actually good for you. High volumes of processed sugar is what is dangerous. The key words being high volumes and processed. WIth that in mind, consuming high volumes of artificial sweeteners which are also processed.
In order for artificial sweeteners to taste good, high levels of sodium are added to keep your taste buds titilated. However, according to recent Harvard studies, ingredients in these sweeteners, such as the sodium, contributes to the developments of high cholesterol and diabetes. So really, you're better off choosing the raw natural sugar packets over the artificial stuff. If you're trying to cut back on sugar but still want something sweet, your best bet is to add raw natural honey to your recipes and hot beverages, and ditch the sugar packes all together.