There is a difference between natural occurring sucrose in plants and the sucrose found in granulated sugar or the high fructose corn syrup often used to sweeten processed foods. Both granulated sugar and high fructose corn syrup go through a refining process. There are volumes upon volumes of scientific data on these different components of sugar.
For me personally, my lifestyle is such that I eat clean and avoid processed “fake” foods, which would include an unnecessary amount of added refined sugars. I do however have a big sweet tooth, and often find myself enjoying a small to moderate serving of my beloved chocolate or cookies a couple times each week. This is balance and is sustainable I believe. On rare occasions, such as the recent Christmas season, I indulged almost daily. Thus, my desire to now detox from this!
My January will be clean “real food” only, which includes a healthy 1-2 servings of fresh fruit each day – and zero added unnecessary sugars, whether honey, molasses, agave, or maple syrup – all of which are processed. Of course all desserts (ice cream, cookies, pastries, candy, chocolate, etc) are off-limits. For those who regularly eat processed foods (that may not necessarily taste sweet) beware! High fructose corn syrup can be found in everything from salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces, ice cream, crackers/chips, packaged granola bars and snacks, even flavored and low-fat yogurts and mayonnaise.
For a list High Fructose Foods: http://www.celestialhealing.net/Food_contain_HFCS.html